Blue Moon Orange Slice Cupcakes


I have a very important question for us to ponder today. What is the true way to a man’s heart? I’m not 100% sure, but what I do know is making these cupcakes spiked with Blue Moon beer and topped with Orange Slice candies will certainly get you pointed in the right direction! I mean come on, made with beer and candy, these are truly “manly cupcakes” if  such a thing exists.


These little devils were quite popular with my husband to say the least. He is definitely a fan of craft beer, to the point that he actually has started brewing his own. (Stay tuned for more on that story). And Blue Moon Brewing Company’s Belgian White is a craft beer high up on his list. You’ve probably noticed it being served when you’ve been out and about before. It is the beer that is served garnished with an orange slice. This is done to heighten the taste of the Valencia orange peel which is used in brewing. So I thought you just couldn’t go wrong using this particular brew in these orange themed cupcakes. I actually used Blue Moon Brewery’s summer ale, Honey Moon, which is brewed with honey and orange peel. I am sad to say that this particular seasonal has been discontinued. But don’t despair!  As I mentioned their old standard, Belgian White, contains orange peel as well and would work wonderfully with this recipe. Their Spring Ale, Valencia Grove Amber, would be wonderful as well. Or you could consider trying these cupcakes with their current Summer Ale, Agave Nectar Ale. This offering uses agave nectar in the mix which is sweeter than honey and has a nuttier taste. Really, you just can’t go wrong with any of the Blue Moon brews!


I originally came across the recipe for these Blue Moon Cupcakes on Spoon Fork Bacon and was instantly inspired. In their version, the cakes are frosted with an orange cream cheese frosting and topped with orange zest. I wanted to play on the usual orange slice garnish found on Blue Moon pints, so I decided to garnish my cupcakes with Orange Slice candy. Plus, I knew how fond my husband was of this particular sweet. I also used an orange infused Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting, rather than the Orange Cream Cheese one. Just a personal frosting preference. I did include the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe below for all you cream cheese lovers and you can go with your favourite. Either way, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.


These Blue Moon Orange Slice Cupcakes really are delicious, tender, moist and bursting with orange flavours.  I think they’re a great summer/fall transitional cupcake having the citrus-y summer notes and the wonderful orange colours of fall and Halloween. And don’t forget those tasty Orange Slice candies. I know the husband won’t. Believe me, with these little gems I have managed to score some serious points with him!


Blue Moon Orange Slice Cupcakes

recipe adapted from: spoon fork bacon

yield: 15 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2/3 cup Blue Moon beer
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with 15 cupcake liners.
In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.Set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, cream butter for 1 minute. Add sugar and cream together with butter for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down after each addition.
Add vanilla and orange zest and mix until just combined.
In a mixing bowl whisk together beer and milk. Alternatively add beer mixture and flour mixture to butter mixture until fully incorporated.
Fill cupcake liners 1/2-2/3 full. I always use a large cookie scoop to make sure they are all a uniform size.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Orange Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting


  • 2 1/2 Large Egg Whites (I know it may be difficult to get an exact 1/2 of an egg white from an egg, just eye-ball it 🙂 It should be approximately 5 Tablespoons if you must measure)
  • 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cups (2 sticks) Butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, cool but not cold
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 3 teaspoons orange extract

For the topping:

  • 15 pieces of Orange Slice Candies
  • Orange sanding sugar


In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites and sugar together. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water but do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Heat the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved and the color is milky white, about 2-3 minutes.

Transfer the egg mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium-high speed (start slowly at first) until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with the paddle attachment. Add the cubed butter and beat on medium-high speed (start slowly at first) until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. If the buttercream looks like it is breaking, don’t worry, it will eventually come together.

Add the salt and orange extract and beat for 5 seconds to combine.

Place frosting in piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes. Top with Orange Slice candy and sanding sugar.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

For the topping:

  • 15 pieces of Orange Slice Candies
  • Orange sanding sugar


In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese. With motor running add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until all sugar has been added, scraping down sides of the bowl after each cup of sugar. Stir in the orange juice until fully incorporated.

Place frosting in piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes. Top with Orange Slice candy and sanding sugar.


4 Responses to Blue Moon Orange Slice Cupcakes

  1. debbeedoodles says:

    If there was ever a happy cupcake, it has got to be these!

  2. Whitney says:

    Beer infused cupcakes with sugar candy on top? Are you married to MY husband?! 🙂

  3. huntfortheverybest says:

    creative recipe!

  4. machlimuch says:

    Reblogged this on Machli's Tastebuds and commented:

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