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Blue Moon Cupcake recipe A recipe for Blue Moon Cupcakes with an orange zest garnish Blue Moon Cupcake recipe Blue Moon Cupcake recipe with orange zest. Hi All! Something you guys might not know about me is that I’m a big craft beer lover….like huge. I live one block from a liquor store that has the, “Biggest Beer Selection in the South Bay” and it’s really awesome because they have large bottles of Dogfish Head, Allagash Black (yes, yes and Allagash White, of course), Pliny the Elder, Delirium Nocturnum, Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat, and much much more. It’s totally an adult candy shop…very awesome…makes me happy.

Anyway, when I’m not in the mood to spend $12.99 on one bottle of beer (gross) I like to go to one of my “everyday” favorites, Blue Moon. I love wheat ales in general and especially love the citrus notes in Blue Moons. Plus, I like their seasonal ales….specifically the Winter Abbey seasonal, but I digress……Why Blue Moon cupcakes? why not, right?! These little guys are light and fluffy and the orange infused cream cheese frosting is so simple and really good. They’re a fun treat to bring to any get go make them this weekend, okay?! Enjoy!
xx Jenny

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Mini Blue Moon Cupcake
Makes 24

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 oraange, zested (plus more for garnish)
2/3 cup Blue Moon beer
2 tablespoons whole milk
orange cream cheese frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a mini muffin tin with 24 mini cupcake liners.
2. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.Set aside.
3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, cream butter for 1 minute. Add sugar and cream together with butter for about 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down after each addition.
5. Add vanilla and orange zest and mix until just combined.
6. In a mixing bowl whisk together beer and milk. Alternatively add beer mixture and flour mixture to butter mixture until fully incorporated.
7. Fill cupcake liners 1/2-2/3 full.
8. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
9. For frosting: In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese. With motor running add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until all sugar has been added, scraping down sides of the bowl after each cup of sugar. Stir in the orange juice until fully incorporated.
10. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes or spread with an offset spatula and top with fresh orange zest. Serve.

  1. ileana Not Specified Not Specified

    Mm, I like wheat ales, too. Just got back from Austin… if you go, try the wheat ale from 512 brewery. Very good! Thanks for this cupcake recipe. :)

    • Allison S Not Specified Not Specified

      @ileana I live in Austin, and 512 is indeed a great brewery. If you’re feeling dark, you should try their 512 Pecan Porter… it’s delicious!

  2. Stacy @ Every Little Thing Not Specified Not Specified

    Great post! I just started a “cooking (and baking) with beer” series on my blog and wanted to try these cupcakes with a local beer similar to Blue Moon. Craft beer (especially local beer) is the best!

  3. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum, these look delicious! I can’t wait to try it with their summer seasonal — the Blue Moon Honey Moon Ale… drooling just thinking about it now.

  4. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    Super creative! The orange zest was a brilliant addition. I just love the moon graphic in the first photo.

  5. Jill Not Specified Not Specified

    My stomach seriously just growled! My favorite beer meets my favorite dessert! You are amazing! <3

  6. Jacey Not Specified Not Specified

    I love craft beers, especially IPAs. And I am all about these cupcakes! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) Not Specified Not Specified

    Love cooking and baking with beer! And although I’m more of a porter/stout girl myself I’ve been told blue moon is great…I think an introduction with cupcakes would be perfect!

  8. Aimee Not Specified Not Specified

    South Bay? Are you talking about the San Jose area? If so, I’d love to know which liquor store you’re talking about. I live in the East Bay.

    So I tried another Blue Moon cupcake recipe and it was pretty good, but the frosting was horrible. I think the cream cheese with orange sounds so good! I’ll have to make these soon!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi Aimee! I’m talking about South Bay in LA, sorry!

      Yes, this frosting is my go-to frosting, with an addition of orange juice of course :) Hope you like it!

  9. Marlee Not Specified Not Specified

    My friend and I have recently started a blog, , running out of Adelaide, South Australia. We find incredible inspiration from Spoon Fork Bacon. Your photo’s are incredible and I particularly love the simple, yet gorgeous, layout of your website. Keep doing what you do!

  10. Meredith Not Specified Not Specified

    These look amazing! My boyfriend loves blue moon we will definitely be trying these soon! In the 3rd step it says to add sugar and cream, but I didn’t see any “cream” in the ingredients list. Just wondering what the cream part is?

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga Not Specified Not Specified

    beer in a dessert


    orange cream cheese frosting….

    your brain works in beautiful ways! love it!

  12. Anna @ the shady pine Not Specified Not Specified

    How utterly pretty these look….and beer…genius!

  13. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh, yes. I think it’s about time I started to add booze to my cupcakes. These look fantastic!

  14. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    These are so fun! Can’t wait to check ’em out!

  15. Linda Not Specified Not Specified

    Just introduced to Blue Moon with the orange slice last weekend and really enjoyed it (it’s a sign…) This cupcake is like a little meal in itself. Looks like I’m baking this weekend.
    Jenny, have you run across a cupcake (or shortbread cookie) recipe with French lavender in it? Maybe something with lemon zest?

  16. Jessica @ How Sweet Not Specified Not Specified

    Ugh please feed me!

  17. Desiree Not Specified Not Specified

    fun fact about blue moon: it’s actually made by coors brewing company. even though it isn’t *really* a craft beer, it’s still delicious!

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  19. Lisa Not Specified Not Specified

    South Bay, as in Redondo Beach/Torrance? WHERE or WHERE is this Liquor Store? I live in Long Beach, and am married to a home brewer. WE love those beers that you mentioned. Finding Pliny the Elder is like finding the holy grail. Also, can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Yes! It’s a liquor store called “Number 1 Liquor Mart”…it’s on the corner of Aviation Blvd and Grant Ave. It’s a very unexpected place…quite small, but great selection. FYI…they don’t always have Pliny the Elder. They get shipments every couple of weeks and usually run out the day it comes in (of course). I would give them a call before making the drive to make sure it’s in stock. (They also carry Pliny the Younger!) Hope you check it out, it’s great! :)

      • Joyce M. Not Specified Not Specified

        I used to work across the street from Number 1…excellent selection! Looking forward to trying out your recipe to celebrate tonight’s blue moon!

  20. Celynne Not Specified Not Specified

    Apparently in Canada the exact same beer has another name, Rickard’s instead of Blue Moon. Weirdness. These little cupcakes sound so good! They definitely look awesome.

  21. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m a huge craft beer geek also! My bf is always looking for Pliny the Elder. I prefer darker beers though. Bourbon barrel aged beers are my favorite. I wonder how they would taste in a cupcake? hmmm…

  22. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum! These are so pretty and I love Blue Moon! I know, such a girly beer.

  23. Alaiyo Kiasi Not Specified Not Specified

    I think I’m addicted to your blog. Love the recipes and photos. Blue Moon beer is one of my favs, and it’s a pleasant surprise to see what you’ve made with it.

  24. Cupcake and Talk Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you for the recipe. I don’t usually bake with beer, but I’m willing to give it a try. I’m excited to try this recipe.

  25. Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner) Not Specified Not Specified

    before i became a glutard i was obsessed with blue moon! i wish i could make these!!

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  29. Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce Not Specified Not Specified

    Such a great beer! I’ve always wanted to turn it into a cupcake of some sort. These look awesome!

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  31. Charlotte Not Specified Not Specified

    These were AMAZING!! I made them for my 21st birthday tonight, and drank them with some ice cold Blue Moon-they complement each other perfectly!! The recipe made 48 mini cupcakes though-okay by me!!! =) I will definitely be making them again! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

  32. Leah Not Specified Not Specified

    I love craft beer…I’m a huge fan Stone Brewery…the Ruination IPA, smoked porter…I love it all! I bet these cupcakes are insane!

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  34. Steve Not Specified Not Specified

    Definitely going to have to give these a try. New Belgium’s Dig would make for an interesting substitute. It’s got a really nice apricot finish, and I could see it working well in a cupcake.

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  36. Ashlel S Not Specified Not Specified

    I made these this weekend, they tasted great and were a lot of fun to share with people. I was worried you wouldn’t be able to really taste the beer and was pleasantly surprised that I could =)

  37. Brittany Not Specified Not Specified

    Made these tonight as a “thank you” to my internship this past semester, THEY ARE AWESOME! I used the seasonal Spring Blonde version and they turned out super moist and flavorful, I can’t wait to take them in tomorrow! Unfortunately I made the mistake of short-cutting and using store-bought cream cheese icing, big mistake because it was runny with the addition of the orange juice, I will definitely use the posted icing recipe next time so I can have nice fluffy icing!

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  39. Laurie Bell Not Specified Not Specified

    I made some Blue Moon cupcakes as well from a recipe that I found on Pinterest. They were pretty good, not as sweet as I am used to because of the use of buttermilk and, of course, the Blue Moon in the batter. Another thing that was different, but tasty because of its subtlety, was the addition of coriander to the batter. In the frosting, there was also Blue Moon added. It was quite tasty and I would definitely try it again. I want to try your version next!

  40. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    My fiancee and I love Blue Moon, I can’t wait to make these for his birthday. I hope they come out right!

  41. Jen Not Specified Not Specified

    I follow this blog religiously and have been dying to make these! Finally did yesterday and they are delicious. My cupcakes didn’t rise as much though as I think they should have – filled the cups 1/2 – 3/4 and they never got any bigger, so I ended up with little squat cakes, but they’re still delish!

  42. Vinita Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this with my friends last night and it was awesome.


  43. akselsmom Not Specified Not Specified

    I just had these this morning and didn’t know it until 5 minutes ago. A co-worker brought them in and they were YOM!!!! :)

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  45. Barb Not Specified Not Specified

    These are DELICIOUS!! ****NOTE: this recipe makes 24 REGULAR cupcakes or 48 mini cupcakes. I made minis and cooked them at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

  46. Jennifer Lebens Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made these, they are fantastic. Thanks for sharing the great recipe.

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  48. Jen Not Specified Not Specified

    I mad full size cupcakes. They didn’t rise much and they had a pocked appearance on the top (although the frosting hid it!), did I do something wrong?

  49. Tiffany @ The Triple Crème Not Specified Not Specified

    What a great way to incorporate beer into desserts. Nice touch with the orange cream cheese frosting to mimic the wedge of orange. I’m a bigggg craft beer fan as well!

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  52. lauren Not Specified Not Specified

    I made these and they were a huge hit!!! Instead of actual frosting I just made a orange flavored glaze and dipped the tops in them and they were turned out so good. Next time I’m going to try it with the frosting! Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

  53. katie Not Specified Not Specified

    Would these work as a cake? If I made one full recipe and then just put it all in one baking tin?

  54. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    I love craft beer too and Blue Moon is also one of my go-to’s when I don’t want to have a really heavy porter or stout. Have you tried White Lighting? That one is similar to Blue Moon–it’s not bad!
    Love the cupcake idea! Very clever! Vanilla porter cupcakes sound yummy too!

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