Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fat Tire Cupcakes

In case you haven't noticed, I really like good beer.   And if I had to identify my favorite it would definitely be Pliny the Elder from Russian River.   But following in VERY close behind are Mirror Pond by Deschutes and the subject of this weeks cupcakes Fat Tire by New Belgium. The part about this that sucks is that up until Monday, the only place I could get these beers were on the west coast or North Carolina, where you could get Fat Tire.  Why you couldn't get it in Virginia, a few miles north, is beyond me (and pissed me off). However, on Monday New Belgium started distributing to both Maryland and Virginia and I couldn't be happier!  I was lucky enough to get to go to the New Belgium launch at Max's in Baltimore on Tuesday and got to try a bunch of different beers that will be coming this way.  As soon as I get my hands on a bottle of Clutch, there are going to be some awesome cupcakes made!

Me on the Fat Tire Bike
Anyway, back to today's cupcakes and the Fat Tire.   Fat Tire is considered to be an "Amber Ale".  Well when you google Amber Ale cupcakes, nothing productive is found.  Almost 90% of the beer cupcake recipes I found had chocolate in it, which I thought would totally not work for these cupcakes.  I was able to find a recipe for Hefeweizen cupcakes and figured I could modify to fit the different style of beer.  I switched the lemon for orange and i think the orange was slightly overpowering.  I put in a little over a teaspoon but I think you only need 1/2 or 3/4 of a teaspoon.  I was also really proud of myself since I only used the kitchen aide mixer to whip the egg yolks.  After that,I used my new favorite batter tool to mix it together.  It is seriously one of the best kitchen purchases I have ever made.  I liked how the cupcakes were light and fluffy.  They did not rise as much so I wish I had filled the liners higher. 

The icing (or beer glaze) was really... weird.  But good!  When I was heating the malted milk and beer over the double boiler my house smelled like a brewery.  I had high expectations.  The icing was incredibly sticky though.  I had it ALL OVER my hands.  The flavor of beer came through great and I was really pleased.  I am not 100% sure it was perfect for the cupcakes, but I enjoyed the combination of flavors and everyone seemed to like it at the bar I brought it to.

Overall I was very pleased and was proud that I was able to take a recipe and really make it work for the flavor of the beer that I wanted I match.   I definitely want to try to make them again and see if I can get the flavor to be more perfect.... which I will be able to do now that Fat Tire is available in Virginia!

Finished Product

Fat Tire Cupcakes 
Makes 24

Fat tire ready to use!
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of orange zest
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups Fat Tire beer
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form.  
  2. Gradually mix in the sugar. You can do this using the kitchen aide or just using a little elbow grease and a spatula.
  3. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, vegetable oil, zest, and milk.
  4. Mix in half of the flour.
  5. Mix in the beer.
  6. Mix in the other half of the flour.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  8. Using my better beater
  9. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
Beer Glaze
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Fat Tire
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  1. In a double boiler, combine all the ingredients except for the butter and sugar.
  2. Melt the mixture, stirring continuously until it's thick - about 12 minutes
  3. Cool completely.
  4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the cooled malt mixture with the butter.  
  5. Mix in the powdered sugar.  The end result should be a thick and sticky glaze.
  6. Spread onto cooled cupcakes and enjoy
Left over Fat Tire ready to drink!
recipes adapted from The Cupcake Project

1 comment:

  1. Ooh! Frank and I are going to The Wine Cabinet in Reston Friday and Saturday to do tastings. Dave (the beer guy) has a bunch of stuff from New Belgian and is tasting a few of them this weekend. Let me know if you wanna join us! I'll forward you the e-mail.