These Beer and Pretzel Cupcakes are made with a salty crunchy pretzel crust, a beer flavoured chocolate cupcake filled with a beer ganache and topped with beer buttercream! These beer flavoured cupcakes would make a great gift for Father’s Day.
Since I shared a few recipes for Mother’s Day, I decided I should at least make something for Father’s Day. The Mother’s Day desserts I shared were more on the fruity side, mainly raspberry because that’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think “Mother’s Day food”. When I think of Father’s Day food, though, my first thought (along with many others) is beer! Beer is the #1 Dad drink, and it’s even better in dessert!
I’m not much of a beer drinker because I’m not really a fan of the taste. But add it to some cupcakes — more specifically, CHOCOLATE cupcakes, and it’s surprisingly delicious! Just like coffee, the beer heightens the chocolate flavour while keeping its bold beer flavour.
Quite a bit of work goes into the making of these cupcakes, but don’t let that scare you off! It’s still extremely easy to make, it just takes a bit of time. But with the pretzel crust, moist beer chocolate cupcakes, silky beer ganache and beer buttercream frosting, it’s totally worth it!
To start, we’ve got the pretzel crust. The crust didn’t really hold together all that well, but that’s mainly because I didn’t crush the pretzels fine enough. I only crushed my pretzels into small chunks because it was really late and I didn’t want to wake everyone up. I know it’s silly, but that’s the real deal.
I recommend grinding your pretzels into fine crumbs. Kind of as fine as graham cracker crumbs so the crush holds together better.
The cupcake itself is the exact same as my tried and true perfect chocolate cupcakes, except instead of adding boiling water or coffee in the end, I added beer! You can use any brand you want — Guinness, Heineken, Budweiser etc. (did I google those brand names? Heck yeah, I did).
I just picked up a case of beer I found in the grocery store that didn’t actually have any alcohol in it. This didn’t really bother me because, like I mentioned earlier, I don’t drink beer so any beer was absolutely fine with me.
The filling is a simple ganache, except I replaced half of the heavy cream with beer. Beer ganache! Simply heat the heavy cream, beer and chocolate chips together in the microwave until silky and smooth.
To fill the cupcakes, I like to use the bottom of a large piping tip (you can also use an apple corer), place it on top of the cupcake, then press it down while twisting to create a hole in the centre. I used to use a small knife to cut out the centre, but I found this new method creates a deeper hole which allows us to add more filling!
For the frosting, I made a simple Vanilla Buttercream and replaced half of the cream with beer to create a beer buttercream. I intentionally made the frosting soft because I didn’t want to pipe a traditional swirl on top. I wanted these cupcakes to resemble a beer mug cake, so I piped some big poofs over the top to re-create beer bubbles.
To finish these cupcakes off, I topped them with white nonpareils, gold sprinkles and a salty pretzel.
Moist, rich, boozy, sweet and salty — these unique cupcakes have it all! As someone who doesn’t enjoy drinking beer, I can definitely tell you that these cupcakes are absolutely superb and the beer complements the chocolate perfectly! They’re sure to be a hit this Father’s Day!
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Let’s get baking! - I recommend grinding your pretzels into fine crumbs. Kind of as fine as graham cracker crumbs so the crush holds together better.
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- I recommend grinding your pretzels into fine crumbs. Kind of as fine as graham cracker crumbs so the crush holds together better.
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