Corona Cupcakes with Zesty Lime Cream Cheese Frosting | Recipe

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I made a duo of beer cupcakes for the first time last year for my husband’s surprise birthday beer-tasting bash!

They were SO good! And so easy. Bonus, right?

These Corona cupcakes were deliciously light, offsetting the richness of the Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes perfectly and, with just a hint of the Corona, they are the ideal addition to your casual backyard beer-themed party or BBQ.

Corona Cupcakes with Zesty Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Yields 24 standard cupcakes


For the Corona Cupcakes

3/4 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 cup Corona beer, plus extra for brushing on tops (and sipping)
1/4 cup milk
lime wedges or rind and sanding sugar for garnish (optional)

For the Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

12 oz cream cheese, cold
6 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 tsp lime zest
1 Tbsp freshly-squeezed lime juice
4 cups icing sugar


For the Corona Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and line muffin tin with cupcake liners
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs, beating after each addition. Then add the vanilla and lime zest.
  5. Combine milk and beer and alternatively add this mixture and the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture with the mixer on low speed, starting and ending with the flour, making 3 additions of the dry mixture and 2 of the wet mixture.
  6. Fill the cupcake liners no more than two-thirds full, using an ice-cream scoop, and bake for 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. When cupcakes are done, poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes with toothpick and brush some beer on each while warm.
  8. Let cupcakes cool 10 minutes on rack. Remove from muffin tin and let cool completely on rack.
  9. Frost with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

For the Zesty Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter in an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the lime juice and zest and gradually add the icing sugar until well-combined. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  3. Fill piping/pastry bag, fitted with a large star tip (I prefer the Wilton 1M tip) and pipe swirls onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with lime slices/rind/sanding sugar.
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Erica kicked off her party-planning adventures when her eldest turned one and even had a home cake business for a short time. Now, four kiddos later, she shares the cakes she has made over the past 12 years as well as ideas and tutorials for hosting budget-friendly birthday parties. And if you're looking for the ins and outs of how to make (or break) cake pops, you've come to the right place!

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