Paired with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, these beer-infused cakes are a delicious treat!
It is strawberry season here….yes, I said strawberry season. While everyone up north is freezing, down here in South Florida we are just beginning to harvest. U-pick farms will open soon and there will be an abundance of sweet, ripe strawberries.
You may be wondering…
Why would you put beer in a Strawberry Shortcake?
Normally, I wouldn’t, but awhile back I was in the midst of taste testing gluten-free beers for the 8 Gluten-Free Beers to Celebrate Oktoberfest post and I came across New Planet’s Blonde Ale. I had already planned to use one of the beers for a recipe, and had been thinking brownies, but the crisp sweet taste of the Blonde Ale made me think dessert and I wanted to use it. I remembered I had a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Cupcake mix sitting in the pantry and a thought of genius struck me. Why not use the beer to make the cupcakes? No one is paying me for this idea (though if they wanted to I would not refuse!), it was just a light bulb moment. I originally tried out these cupcakes in October, but I wanted to wait until strawberries were in season to share!
It was so easy and so delicious.
The beer mellowed out the sweetness and reminded me more of a shortcake than a cupcake. They rose wonderfully and had a fantastic texture. Our beer testing crew loved them, no one ever would have known they were gluten-free. There was not one bit of grit to them. Despite the love of the cupcakes, they were missing something. No one could really agree on what type of icing would be best. After much debate, we realized that because the texture is somewhere between a muffin and cake it would hold up nicely to some fresh whipped cream and sliced strawberries. Amazing. You need to try this.Beer and dessert, what could be better? It's a #glutenfree match made in heaven! Click To Tweet
I am sure you could use another beer, but it needs to be light and a bit on the sweet side. Redbridge would work well, or even a hard cider would probably be good. I have not tried this with any other gluten-free cake mix, but I would assume that they would generally come out the same. They sell the Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix at my local Big Lots and it is fairly inexpensive. Altogether this recipe costs about $10.00 to make and makes at least 8 servings (with several cakes left over). If you try it with a different cake mix or a different beer be sure to let me know the outcome, but for today, here is my very simple, Beer-Infused Strawberry Shortcakes.
Beer-Infused Strawberry Shortcakes with Fresh Whipped Cream
1 package Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix
1/2 cup light, slightly sweet beer (Such as New Planet’s Blonde Ale)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup whipping cream
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint fresh strawberries
Preheat the oven to 325. Beat the 3 eggs for 30 seconds and then add the beer and vegetable oil. Continue beating for another 2 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides. Spoon into a greased (or paper lined) cupcake pan, leaving about a half inch at the top. Bake for 25 minutes. While the cupcakes are cooling, whip the cream with the vanilla and sugar until it forms soft peaks. Slice cupcakes in half and top with whipped cream and sliced berries.