Where beer and cupcakes unite!

Raspberry Beer Sauce (and some sucky cupcakes)

I’ll admit right now, I’ve got the winter blues. I am craving some warm weather and sunshine, and all Spokane gave me this weekend was snow. It’s just not working for me. Anyways, what does this have to do with cupcakes? Well, I made cupcakes this weekend, but much like the weather, they really didn’t work for me.

Mainly it was the frosting. I found an interesting recipe I wanted to try. Looking back, I probably should have just gone with something I know, but I wanted to be different! The frosting was something of a hybrid between meringue and butter cream, and by hybrid, I mostly meant some kind of weird, gross mutant baby of the two. I don’t even think my description is close to conveying how awkward and flavorless it tasted. Okay, moving on, let’s talk about the cake.

Looks pretty on the outside, but looks can be deceiving!

The cake tasted fine. I was going for a coconut raspberry with a hint of lemon, and that’s what I got, mostly. The one great thing that I came up with, and all on my own, was a beer raspberry sauce. My original intent for this sauce was to swirl it with the lemon coconut cake batter, bake amazing cupcakes, and wow you all with my genius. Since I’m not going to wow you with my cupcake skills this week, I thought I’d share the raspberry beer sauce recipe. I think this would be really tasty over some vanilla ice cream. (Now I wish I had some). Since I used all the sauce in the cupcakes, I don’t have a picture of it, but I swear, it looked really tasty.

Ignore the text above my hand writing, unless you too want to make a really gross meringue-buttercream frosting.

So, without further adieu, here is my recipe for Raspberry Beer Sauce:

(makes around 1/2 cup of raspberry beer saucy goodness, double recipe to make more)

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen red raspberries
1/4 cup beer (we used Deschutes Red Chair NWPA, yum!)
1/4 finely chopped coconut flake

Combine ingredients in sauce pan over medium to low heat. As the berries thaw out, mash them up into beer and coconut. Continue cooking over low heat, I probably cooked it for 10 minutes or more. If you’re not a fan of raspberry seeds, you could strain the mixture & just use the juice, but that’s really no fun. Let it cool a bit before you start chugging it, or put it on your ice cream. Enjoy!

– Jackie

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2 responses

  1. Oh, yum! I do something similar with lambic and blueberries or blackberries. It’s great swirled into ice cream, poured over pancakes/waffles, and so much more. I’ll have to try adding coconut sometime – that sounds great!!

    February 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    • Mmm, lambic would be perfect for a beer sauce! Never thought about putting it on pancakes, that’s a definite must try.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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