IPA Cupcakes with Lavender Honey Frosting

While many people believe that IPAs are too bitter to bake with I tend to disagree.  These cupcakes are not as sweet as most but are delicious nonetheless.  The floral lavender and bitter hops are balanced nicely with the honey.

Makes approximately 24 cupcakes.

Cupcake: Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup your favorite IPA (for this recipe I recommend a more floral resinous beer)

Frosting: Frosting Time!

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Lavender tea
  • Food coloring if desired

Lavender tea:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried lavender buds (available at Sunflower Market or Whole Foods)
  • 4 tablespoons hot water

Pour hot water into container with lavender and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain when finished.

To start pour the beer into a measuring cup, whatever beer remains pour into proper glassware and enjoy while you bake.  Mix all cupcake ingredients together in a large bowl and blend until smooth.  Pour batter into lined cupcake pans.  Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  While cupcakes are cooling mix together all ingredients for the frosting.  Frost cupcakes and devour the deliciousness.


About Bess Dougherty

Bess Dougherty's life revolves around hooch. By day she has the pleasure of making beer. At night this dame can often be found sipping whiskey and beer around town. This bearcat is also an avid homebrewer. Yar.

  • http://www.coloradowomensbeerclub.wordpress.com denverbeerchick

    Thank you so much for the recipe! These were AWESOME.

  • http://foobar.com notanipa

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is not an IPA it is an APA

    • twoodfin

      That’s not Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, it’s Sierra Nevada Torpedo, which is definitely an IPA.

      • http://allbeer.us Matt

        Lol. Took the comment right out of my mouth. Touché!