Where beer and cupcakes unite!

Mocha Porter Cupcakes

What happens when you take a flavor that all north westerners truly love and decide to turn it into a beer? You get Rogue Brewery’s Mocha Porter. This beer is a wonderful blend of malt and hops that leaves you with a creamy mocha flavor that stays with you long after you put that first taste down. A little history of the beer from Rogue states that the: “Mocha Porter was once known as New Porter, in honor of the town of Newport, Oregon and home of Rogue Ales.” They also say the beer was made to be: “dedicated to the chocolate lover in each of us.”  The Mocha Porter per Rogue Brewery is said to pair well with desserts and that’s exactly what we did.

Taking this Mocha Porter, some instant coffee and our talent of creating wonderful cupcakes, we made these tasty looking treats. Combining what would be a seemingly innocent idea of a mocha cupcake and adding this wonderfully flavorful beer to the mix made these moist and intoxicating treats. After we had the batter mixed up we both tasted it and decided that we needed to come up with a frosting that matched the richness of the cupcake, so we turned to our liquor collection.

After much consideration and debate we decided to really play up the coffee flavor that the cupcakes where hinting at. The cupcakes themselves tasted much like a chocolate coffee cake with the robust flavor of the Mocha Porter peaking through the cracks, so how could we boost the coffee flavor? We decided that the best way to do this was to make a frosting that was a mix of Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream. As a final touch we added coffee beans to the tops of the cupcakes as a garnish. We could not be happier with how these came out. Hopefully you found these pictures as mouth watering as we found the cupcakes to be.

– Dylan


5 responses

  1. Wow! How about a recipe? Or are we able to have a dozen or so shipped to the eastern Sierra?

    Thanks for the yummy photos.


    April 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    • Right now the recipes are remaining a secret! But if you want to get me a plane ticket, I’d gladly bring you some. : )
      – Jackie

      April 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    • I’d even bring you a six pack if you got me a plane ticket out of here!

      – Jackie

      April 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

  2. love the site guys!!! I was reading your red velvet posting, I believe in the olden days the coca and soda would react causing a “red” cake. This is what I vaguely remember from culinary school, dutch cocoa (alkaline) in particular is what reacts so there you have it! Wish I worked at the same location as Dylan to sample these wonderful cakes 🙂 Thanks for sharing all you great photos!!

    June 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    • That’s very interesting how the red velvet came to be! I hope you get to try some cupcakes that Dylan brings to work some time. He should have some to take with him next Monday. : )

      June 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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