Now that I’m fully invested in a fantasy football league, I’m forced to actually give a sh*t about the season. In spite of my propensity towards cupcakes and everything pink, I now understand that quarterbacks are not trying to hit home runs with the help of a goalie. I also now know that a good tight end knows how to block, but break free from the defensive line to get open for a pass. Boom!
In celebration of week 1 (and since I was watching the Patriots game with a bunch of hardcore east coast fans), I baked some Sam Adams Boston Lager cupcakes Check out the manly decorated cupcakes with themed flags. Adorable, right?
1/2 cup butter
1¼ cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place butter, sugar and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl. Blend. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well. Add in eggs and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour in water and Boston Lager, then salt. Mix until mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
Line muffin tin with cupcake papers. Pour approximately 3 to 4 ounces batter into each cup. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for approximately 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Boston Lager buttercream frosting
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon whipping cream
2 tablespoons Samuel Adams Boston Lager
In a standing mixer with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended, then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add vanilla extract, Boston Lager and whipping cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed. (Or if you’re like me, taste the frosting and realize 2tbsp of beer is a laughably small amount, and pour about 1/3 of the bottle into the mix).