Samuel Adams hops on beer-infused dessert trend

It's hard to find a person who doesn't love dessert.

And because of this, chefs are constantly trying to come up with new dessert recipes to knock the socks off their clients.

But who would think that beer could possibly make cupcakes taste even more delicious? Samuel Adams did, and their Boston Lager 25th Anniversary cupcakes prove it.

To celebrate reaching a quarter century in the beer business, the folks at Sam Adams decided to think outside the box and create some beer-infused cupcakes.

Samuel Adams' chef partner David Burke is the brains behind this scrumptious operation, and he's been following the beer-food trend for quite some time.

"I like to use beer in a lot of dishes — it is such a versatile ingredient and can be used in marinades for meats, sauces and ice creams," Burke said.

Chefs have used beer in their savory dishes for years, but what made Burke consider the idea of experimenting with desserts?

"With the growth of the beer culture, it feels natural that beer would make its way into desserts," Burke said.

"Beer provides a spice packet that infuses these desserts with exciting flavors that we wouldn't be able to achieve otherwise. From a wheat beer to a dark stout, all different styles of beer can complement the sweetness of desserts."

Boston Lager 25th Anniversary Cupcakes

1/2cup butter

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/4cup cocoa powder

3/4cup all-purpose flour

3/4teaspoon baking powder

3/4teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1/2cup water

1/2cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager

1/2teaspoon salt

Buttercream frosting:

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon whipping cream

2 tablespoons Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place butter, sugar, cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Add in eggs and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour in water and Boston Lager, then salt. Mix until mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.

Line muffin tin with muffin liners. Pour approximately 3 ounces to 4 ounces batter into each cup. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for approximately 12 minutes or until golden brown.

To make frosting: In a standing mixer with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended, then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add vanilla extract, Boston Lager and whipping cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed. Makes 24.

Created by Samuel Adams Chef Partner David Burke.

The Wichita Eagle—04/14/10