Pumpkin Beer Cupcakes

Fall doesn’t start for me until I enjoy my first pumpkin beer. This year, I connected with Dikla from Have Growler, Will Travel, and we created our own pumpkin beer tasting event. Naturally, that meant I needed to create some pumpkin beer cupcakes. These cupcakes are moist, dense, extremely pumpkiny, and very easy to make. The recipe is based on one from Snappy Gourmet, with a few changes.

Pumpkin Beer Cupcakes
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ¾ cup pumpkin ale (I used Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cold
  • 5 TBS unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsps pumpkin spice (more or less as desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Spoon batter into cupcake liners until ⅔ full.
  4. Bake cupcakes for 19-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely and make the frosting.
  6. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.
  7. Add in ⅓ of the powdered sugar at a time, mixing until smooth.
  8. Add in pumpkin spice, mixing until fully blended.
  9. This recipe will give you stiff frosting that is easily piped onto a cupcake. Cut a hole in the bottom corner of a plastic bag, and fill with the frosting. Frost cupcakes then top with a quick shake of pumpkin spice.


  1. These were SCRUMPTIOUS, and the biggest hit of the party, by far! 😀

  2. Mmm sounds wonderful – and even better you used Dogfish! I’ll be trying this recipe very soon. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I am so glad I found this! My boyfriends birhday is coming up and he loves shipyard pumpkinhead and ice cream cake so I have been thinking about how to go about making a cake using that beer plus ice cream cake. I will definitely be using this as a recipe for the cake and frosting!

  4. Awesome! This plus a pumpkin or cinnamon ice cream would be ridiculously amazing.

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