Ok, so I want to talk about my Uncle Fred for a minute. This guy is AMAZING. He's just turned an age in his 60's (which I won't share on here) and if you were to meet him, you wouldn't guess him a day over 50. I'm not kidding. And Uncle Fred, if Aunt Robin makes you read this - I'm not just pumping your tires! He is one of the most positive, and upbeat people I know. Yes, I'm sure he has bad days too, but I'm pretty sure his attitude is what has kept that youthful glow about him. He's generous, helpful, thoughtful, and aging ridiculously well. My Aunt is a very lucky woman and I'm a lucky niece. In honor of his birthday and his enjoyment of a cold beer on a hot day... I decided to whip up some cupcakes. I didn't actually try one myself, but I heard they turned out ok! They couldn't have been too bad because Uncle Fred had one for breakfast and tried to tell my Aunt they were a muffin to justify it! haha. :)
Corona Lime Cupcakes (find the original here)
For the cupcakes:
3/4 cups butter, at room temperature
1-3/4 cup white sugar
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 cup Corona beer, plus more for brushing on tops
1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
In one bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla.
Add the eggs, beating after each addition then add the vanilla and zest.
Combine milk and beer and alternatively add this mixture and the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture with the mixer on low speed, starting and ending with the flour.
Fill the cupcake liners and bake for approximately 18 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
When cupcakes are done, poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes with toothpicks and brush some beer on each while still warm. Let the cupcakes cool, then ice!
Icing - I didn't really use the original...
8 oz cream cheese (or one package), softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar (adjust to your preferred sweetness)
Lime zest (approximately 2 tsp)
Lime juice, approximately 1 tbsp)
Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and cream cheese together. Add the lime zest & juice. Adjust the lime juice amounts to your taste as well as adjust the sugar to your preferred sweetness. Too much sugar takes away from the cream cheese taste!