A Time for a Change
Lately, the bread recipes I have been making, although delicious, are starting to become boring and dull. Add flour, sugar, and beer and bake for an hour wasn’t all that exciting. I felt like I have been doing the same thing over and over again. So I thought I would switch things up a little bit and take a new approach. If I want this baking experiment to continue, I need to start making cakes. What better beer to do this with than Mother Earth Cali Creamin’.
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If you haven’t been to Mother Earth, I highly recommend you put down whatever beverage you have in your hand, and seek out Cali Creamin’. I first heard about this beer while at the San Diego International Beer Festival. “You have to try the Cali Creamin'” I would hear people mutter. However, after making my way toward the Mother Earth booth, I was disappointed that it was all gone.
My interest was piqued. I had to get this cream ale and try it for myself. Luckily, most Bevmos in the San Diego area will carry this Mother Earth staple. This ale tastes exactly like a cream soda. Very smooth and very creamy, this beer tastes like you are guzzling down a delicious sugary carbonated beverage. I thought to myself, this would make a good cupcake.
This is a game changer. Just like unlocking part of a map in a video game and experiencing a whole new world, I too have unlocked my baking potential and have opened up a door with new baking possibilities.
I should point out that this was my second batch of Cali Creamin’ cupcakes. The first batch, although containing the same ingredients, didn’t have enough of a binding agent to keep the cupcakes together. My first attempt resulted in a dry and flaky pastry that reminded me of corn bread.
Now I am not a fan of white cakes all that much, but I must say this was very delicious. So much so that you can really taste the flavor of the cupcake even when smothered in frosting. That never happens!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line cupcake pan with 12 paper liners
- Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Use a mixer to whisk the butter and sugar together until lightly fluffy, for about 3 minutes.
- Beat eggs, vanilla extract, and Mother Earth Cali Creamin' into a bowl. Mix into butter/ sugar mixture and continue beating the ingredients together. Reduce mixer speed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let cool for 5 minutes, remove from pan and let cool some more.
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients together with a mixer on medium settings until smooth and fluffy.
- Spread on cupcakes.