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329 Days of Citrus Cupcakes

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By: Kyle Valenzuela (@kylevalenzuela )
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The Golden Road

I love Los Angeles. It has just the right amount of crazy that I am looking for in humanity. If it weren’t for the traffic, I might still live there. But most importantly is the sun. I have been spoiled with southern California weather my whole life and love every minute of it. So it seems fitting for me bake with an LA brew. Golden Road is a place I would spend more time if I didn’t have to travel over to hill.  Their 329 Days of Sun Lager is a great beer for this heat. Here are some beer facts:

Conclusion

To be honest, this recipe started as an orange cream cupcake recipe, but, as I began baking, I realized I didn’t have an orange to work with. So it became a citrus concoction that tastes more like lemon. The cupcake itself is light and fluffy while the frosting was a punch in the mouth of lemon.

There are a couple of changes I would make in this recipe however. The orange and lemon juice made the frosting somewhat runny and, living in this California heat, also made it a mess. Instead of lemon or orange, I would go with an extract flavor as it requires very little moisture and most likely produces ten times the amount of flavor. I would also add citrus zest to the cupcake itself. This cupcake is delicious. Take it to some summer barbecues and enjoy it with a Golden Road lager.

Ingredients

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    2 Cups of All Purpose Flour (Or Self Rising Flour)
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    1 1/4 tsp of Baking Powder (Omit if using Self Rising Flour)
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    Pinch of salt (Omit if using Self Rising Flour)
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    1 Stick of Unsalted Butter (Soft)
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    1/2 Cup of Golden Road 329 Days of Sun Lager
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    1/2 Cup of Orange Juice
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    1 Cup of Sugar
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    2 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
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    2/3 Cups of Whole Milk
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    1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
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    2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
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    2 Tablespoons of Butter (Soft)
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    2 Tablespoons of Milk
  • Directions

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      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line cupcake pan with 16 paper liners.
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      Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
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      Use a mixer to whisk the butter and sugar together until lightly fluffy, for about 3 minutes.
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      Add orange juice and Golden Road 329 Lager into a sauce pan. Boil down until it becomes half a cup.
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      Beat eggs, vanilla extract, and the orange juice / beer mixture into a bowl. Mix into butter/ sugar mixture and continue beating the ingredients together. Reduce mixer speed.
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      Beat half of the flour and milk into the bowl. Continue beating until all ingredients of mixed together. Then add the remaining flour and continue mixing until you reach a slightly lumpy consistency.
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      Pour the mix into the cupcake pan, filling the cups three-quarters full. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until you can poke the center of a cupcake with a toothpick and it comes out clean.
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      Let cool for 5 minutes, remove from pan and let cool some more.
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      In a bowl, combine milk, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract together with a mixer on medium settings until smooth and fluffy
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      Sprinkle on some lemon zest.
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      Spread on cupcakes. Do stuff on the stuff and make the stuff with the stuff but not before the other stuff
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      Add a slice of orange for decoration

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    Kyle Valenzuela

    I am a developer, cooking fanatic, and craft beer lover. However, lacking in baking skills, I decided to try making beer bread. Baking Brew is dedicated to cooking and baking with one main ingredient in mind. Craft Beer!

    329 Lager

    Crafted in the city that gives us 329 days of sun, 329 Lager is the perfect companion for making the most of sunny California days. Our go anywhere, do anything lager is full-flavored and easy-drinking with a clean, crisp finish.

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    Golden Road Brewing

    Brewed and canned in Los Angeles, Golden Road’s year-round offerings include Point the Way IPA, Heal the Bay IPA, 329 Lager Golden Road Hefeweizen, Get Up Offa That Brown and Wolf Among Weeds IPA. Along with the core beers, Golden Road...

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