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!