Beer Cupcakes

Beer Cupcake in beer barrel shape made out of fondant
For your next Oktoberfest or German theme dinner party consider these fun Beer Cupcakes!  They are made with dark Guinness Stout beer and shaped into a fun beer barrel shape perfect for a beer tasting party or Oktoberfest!

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Beer Cupcakes: Ingredients

Makes 12 beer barrel cupcakes

  • 1 Package Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2  cup Guinness Stout Beer
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 Tub of chocolate icing
  • 5lb. Box of Fondant
  • 1 tsp of Vodka
  • Brown coloring food gel

Oven Temperature: 350 degrees

Baking Time: 20 minutes

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Beer Cupcakes: Directions

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Beer Cupcake - Ingredients to start off

Step 1. - Follow directions on package except for the water.  Just add in the 3 eggs and oil for now.

 

Beer Cupcake - add Guinness to the mix

Step 2. – Next, add in liquids: instead of putting in 1 cup of water – use 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup Guinness Stout.  Guinness Stout is a strong Irish dark beer you can purchase at any liquor store.  It is a regular drinking beer but it is also great for cooking and making delicious stews.

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Beer Cupcake - mix the ingredients with mixer or hand whisk

Step 3. Mix together by hand first and then switch to your mixer.  Mix until you don’t see anymore clumps.

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Beer Cupcake - cupcakes

Step 4. Add the batter to the muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Test to make sure they are done.  Let cool.

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Beer Cupcake - dye and roll out fondant

Step 5. The total amount of fondant you will need depends on how many beer barrel cupcakes you will be making — you will need about 4-6 ounces of fondant per barrel.  Color the fondant a brown color using brown food gel.  Don’t worry if the color is not fully mixed in or even.  We want the color variation so that it looks like real wood!

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Beer Cupcake - cut off top and stack 2 cupcakes together

Step 6. Take two cupcakes and slice off the top so that the top is level. With the chocolate frosting “glue” the two cupcakes together.  Continue frosting the outside of the two cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.

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Beer Cupcake - cut slits into fondant

Step 7.  Place on the circle of brown fondant.  Cut thin strips from the center of the cupcake towards the edge of the fondant.  Trim off excess for every strip you make (see picture above).  In the above picture you will see a strip of fondant, followed by a gap.  This way when you fold the fondant strip up to make a barrel, you will not end up with too much fondant which will bulk up the barrel too much.

Beer Cupcake - layer the strips

Step 8. Take each strip and fold up.  It should stick to the frosting on the sides.  If not, add a bit more frosting.

Beer Cupcake - cut out round top and place on top

Step 9. Roll out a small piece of fondant and using a small circle cutter, cut out a small round piece to cover the top.  Attach with more chocolate frosting.

Beer Cupcake - cut 2 long strips

Step 10. Roll out another long strip of your leftover brown fondant and cut out two long thin strips.  Use these to wrap the barrel, one for the top edge and one for the lower edge.  Attach using a thin amount of icing.  The two strip will be perpendicular to the existing strips around the barrel.

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Beer Cupcake - ingredients to paint barrel

Step 11.  Now it’s time to color your barrel to make it look a bit real.   You will need vodka, brown coloring gel and a thin brush.  Make sure this brush is used exclusively for baking and cake decorating use.

Beer Cupcake - paint using clean brush

Step 12. Use about 1 tsp of vodka and a dab of brown coloring gel.  Mix together with your brush.

Beer Cupcake - shade and darken

Step 13. With the small thin brush, shade in the barrel.  With thin strokes, paint stripes or simulated woodgrain pattern onto the barrel.  Add in any shading along the edge of the two long strips of fondant.  Don’t worry about being perfect.  I basically slapped on the paint in about 5 minutes and it still turned out OK.  Let dry for about 10 minutes.

Beer Cupcake - use food writer to draw in nails

Step 14. With a Food Writer Edible Color Marker in black, add in the “nails” to the barrel about every inch or so.

Beer Cupcake - done sitting on plate and used as centerpiece

Step 14.  The beer barrel cupcakes are now done!  Place on a plate in the center of the table as a centerpiece or focal point on your table.  We made these for our Oktoberfest party so we added some blue beads, a miniature beer mug and some Oktoberfest miniature flags.  However, these will go well also for a beer tasting party, bachelor party, or birthday party for a male.

 

Beer Cupcake for Oktoberfest in October

 

Beer Cupcakes

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 12

Beer Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Guinness Stout Beer
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 Tub of chocolate icing
  • 5lb. Box of Fondant
  • 1 tsp of Vodka
  • Brown coloring food gel

Instructions

  1. Follow directions on package except for the water.  Just add in the 3 eggs and oil for now. Next, add in liquids: instead of putting in 1 cup of water – use 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup Guinness Stout. Mix together by hand first and then switch to your mixer.  Mix until you don’t see anymore clumps. Add the batter to the muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Test to make sure they are done.  Let cool.
  2. The total amount of fondant you will need depends on how many beer barrel cupcakes you will be making — you will need about 4-6 ounces of fondant per barrel.  Color the fondant a brown color using brown food gel. Take two cupcakes and slice off the top so that the top is level. With the chocolate frosting “glue” the two cupcakes together.  Continue frosting the outside of the two cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
  3. Place on the rolled out circle of brown colored fondant.  Cut thin strips from the center of the cupcake towards the edge of the fondant.  Trim some excess for every strip you make (see picture above).  In the above picture you will see a strip of fondant, followed by a gap.  This way when you fold the fondant strip up to make a barrel, you will not end up with too much fondant which will bulk up the barrel too much. Take each strip and fold up.  It should stick to the frosting on the sides.  If not, add a bit more. Roll out a small piece of fondant and using a small circle cutter, cut out a small round piece to cover the top.  Attach with more chocolate frosting. Roll out another long strip of your leftover brown fondant and cut out two long thin strips.  Use these to wrap the barrel, one for the top edge and one for the lower edge.  Attach using a thin amount of icing.
  4. Now it’s time to color your barrel to make it look a bit real.  Use about 1 tsp of vodka, brown coloring gel and a thin brush. Mix about 1 tsp of Vodka with a small amount of brown food coloring gel. With the small thin brush, shade in the barrel.  With thin strokes, paint stripes or simulated woodgrain pattern onto the barrel.  Add in any shading along the edge of the two long strips of fondant.  Don’t worry about being perfect.  I basically slapped on the paint in about 5 minutes and it still turned out OK. With a Food Writer Edible Color Marker in black, add in the nails to the barrel about every inch or so.
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