Courtesy Samuel Adams

Chef David Burke created a cupcake recipe using Boston Lager in both the batter and frosting.

Recipes: Boston Lager Cupcakes and buttercream frosting

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2D
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012 - 11:23 am

Chef David Burke developed this cupcake recipe in honor of Patriot's Day, but it could be a hit at Father's Day barbecues, Fourth of July picnics or any gathering that appreciates dessert that goes with beer.

Frost with the Boston Lager frosting. (See recipe below.)


1/2 cup butter

1¼ cups sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place butter, sugar and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl. Blend. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well. Add in eggs and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour in water and Boston Lager, then salt. Mix until mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.

Line muffin tin with cupcake papers. Pour approximately 3 to 4 ounces batter into each cup. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for approximately 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Boston Lager buttercream frosting

Recipe by David Burke, courtesy of Samuel Adams.


3 cups confectioners' sugar

1 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon whipping cream

2 tablespoons Samuel Adams Boston Lager


In a standing mixer with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended, then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add vanilla extract, Boston Lager and whipping cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed.

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