This recipe is all about the ingredients. Use whatever kind of beer you like. Use a good quality smoked bacon that crisps up nice. Use a more expensive extra sharp cheddar, not the stuff that some pre-shredded. Remember this is for you and your discerning tastes, not the sugar crazed kids!
1 cup Beer , Your Preference.
1 stick Unsalted Butter
1 cup Sharp Cheddar, Grated. Get something nice and sharp, not the cheap stuff.
2 cups Dark Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Sour Cream
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Flour
2 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
Heat beer and butter in a large saucepan on medium-high heat until butter is melted.
Remove from heat, and whisk in the sugar.
In a separate bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla.
Mix the sour cream mixture into the beer mixture.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda.
Fold flour mixture into the batter.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 fill.
Bake at 350 F for 18-25 minutes, or until inserted cake tester comes out clean. Watch them closely you want them moist not dry.
Let them cool completely before frosting.
2 sticks Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
4-6 cups Powdered Sugar
1 cup Beer
Crispy Cooked Bacon Pieces (smoked tastes great)
Beat butter until creamy.
Slowly mix in 4 cups powdered sugar.
Add beer to taste, more for a stronger flavor if you prefer.
Add in remaining sugar, or just enough to get your buttercream to the right consistency. Not too stiff, not too runny, spread-able.
Top with cheddar and bacon and serve immediately.