I made Chocolate Guinness Stout cupcakes and they came out so perfect that I vowed I’d use beer to bake all my cucpakes! I had Blue Moon beer in the fridge and wondered what that would taste like because it’s complemented by orange. My husband liked these MORE than the Guinness and everyone else raves about them – saying they taste like a “dreamsicle”! I adapted a recipe found at Canela and Comino for the cake and used PastrySampler.com’s basic Italian Buttercream which they credit as adapted from “Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, and Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake” by Dede Wilson. Well worth the effort!!!!
ORANGE ITALIAN BUTTERCREAM: Place the 1 1/4 c sugar and the water in a saucepan. Stir to wet the sugar and bring to boil over medium heat and wash the sides of the pan, keep boiling the sugar syrup until the temperature reaches 248°F.