Chili Beer Cupcakes with Lime & Agave Frosting

Not too long ago I posed a question asking friends what kind of beer I should use in my baking adventures.  One friend’s suggestion led to these most interesting of cupcakes; it was her birthday and I was feeling up to the challenge.  The lime of the frosting is the most predominate flavor with the spice of the chili beer kicking in as an after though in your throat.  An interesting cupcake eating experience if there ever was one.

Makes approximately 24 cupcakes.


  • 2 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup chili beer ( for this recipe I used Billy’s Chilies from Twisted Pine)
  • 2 eggs


  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • juice from 2 fresh limes
  • zest from 1 lime
  • food coloring if desired

As always, measure out the beer you will be using first and set aside.  If chili beer is your thing, pour the remaining beer into a pint glass, sip, and enjoy; if not, pick out some brats and use the chili beer as a marinade.

Preheat over to 375°.  Combine all cupcake ingredients in to a large bowl and blend until smooth.  Pour mixture into paper lined cupcake trays.  Bake for 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean.  While the cakes are baking, combine all of the ingredients for the frosting in a large bowl.  Beat until a desired consistency is reached; for me this was about three minutes.  Let cupcakes cool, frost, and enjoy!

* This recipe was made for high altitudes.

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.