Beer Cheese Cupcakes with Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting

For my love’s 21st birthday, I wanted to bake him something he loved. He’s not into sweets [go figure, I am the complete opposite, haha], but he loves food and beer. So I searched the web, and several blogs, until I found the perfect recipe. Beer Cheese Cupcakes with Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting. Okay, maybe they didn’t sound too appetizing, but I figured I’d give it a shot.

Beer Cheese Cupcake Recipe – from Cupcake Project

Yield: About 18 cupcakes


  • 1 cup beer (I used Miller Light, since it was his favorite)
  • 1 stick, plus 1 tb, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup grated cheddar (I’d go for the good stuff here. Get something nice and sharp, not the cheap stuff that comes shredded in a bag.)
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tb vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Heat beer and butter in a large saucepan on medium-high heat until butter is melted.
  2. Add cheddar.
  3. Remove from heat, and whisk in the sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla.
  5. Mix the sour cream mixture into the beer mixture.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda.
  7. Fold flour mixture into the batter.
  8. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 fill.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes, or until inserted cake tester comes out clean.

Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 cup bacon bits (I made my own by cooking some bacon in a glass pan in the microwave for 3 minutes between paper towels and food processing it.)


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. 
  2. Add grated cheddar.
  3. Slowly mix in powdered sugar.
  4. Stir in bacon bits.

How to Make Football Cupcake Toppers

I learned how to make football cupcake toppers from a post on Team Sugar. It’s simply a chocolate covered almond with white decorator gel on it. It’s so easy and so cute!

Now instead of using almonds, I purchased the football sugar toppers prior to finding this recipe, however beer & nuts is the perfect combination!

When I first gave my love the cupcakes, his family was there, and everyone was rather confused. They couldn’t figure out what kind of cupcakes I had made, even when smelling them. I thought they reeked of beer, but I guess that’s because I was baking them all day. I had his parents taste them, and they immediately thought they were pumpkin cupcakes, odd? yes. When I told them they were beer cupcakes, they finally could taste the beer. They thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of this kind of cupcakes, because they had never tasted such a thing. My love tried the cupcake, as well, and said it reminded him of something he tasted when he was a child, I sure hope it wasn’t beer! haha

I’d say these cupcakes were definitely great tasting, and a joy to make.


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