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Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes with Bourbon Caramel Buttercream Frosting & Bourbon Caramel Drizzle »

Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes with Bourbon Caramel Buttercream Frosting & Bourbon Caramel Drizzle
Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes with Bourbon Caramel Buttercream Frosting & Bourbon Caramel Drizzle

First prepare Bourbon Caramel Sauce:

(Yields about 1/2 -3/4  C.) Use at room temperature for frosting and drizzling, or refrigerate for 2-3 weeks.
1/2 C.  Granulated Sugar
2 Tbsp Water
1/4  C. + 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream, at room temperature 
1 1/2 Tbsp Butter
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Good Bourbon (or Vanilla Extract if you prefer)
In small sauce pan fitted with Candy Thermometer, heat sugar and water on Low heat while stirring constantly with a silicon whisk or wooden spoon (avoid metal utensils). Continue heating and stirring until sugar completely dissolves (when liquid appears less white and more clear.) Once sugar is dissolved or begins to bubble (after about 3-5 minutes), increase heat to Medium High and stop stirring. Closely monitor candy thermometer and allow to heat to 350*, occasionally running wooden spoon or silicon spatula around pan to loosen crystals that may adhere to pan. As candy temperature approaches 350*, sugar will begin to darken in color. Once caramel is appears amber at 350*, promptly remove from heat and prepare to quickly stir in remain ingredients. *(If thermometer registers 350* but color is only a light gold, can allow to heat briefly so reaches amber color, but don’t let temperature exceed 353*). Wearing an oven mitt (to protect your pouring hand from steam), slowly pour in heavy cream while whisky constantly. If sugar crystals seem to have formed, simply continue whisking briskly until dissolved. Add butter and continue whisking. Once smooth consistency is achieved, add bourbon and salt and stir to incorporate, Transfer caramel into heat safe bowl (preferably pyrex) and allow to cool at room temperature for 1-2 hours.

Pumpkin Ale Cupcake (Makes 12 Cupcakes)

2 C. Cake Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2  tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
Dash of Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/2 C. (1 stick) Butter, softened
1 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 XLg Eggs 
1/3 C. Buttermilk
3/4 C . Pumpkin Puree

1/2 Bottle (6 oz.) New Belgium Pumpkick Beer (reserving the other 6 oz. to drink with your cupcake)
Line a muffin pan with cupcake wrappers and preheat oven to 350*.  Stir together flour, baking powder and spices and set aside. In an electric mixer cream light brown sugar and butter on Med-High until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl in between. Combine beer and buttermilk in measuring cup and prepare to pour into batter alternately with dry ingredients.  Reduce speed to low and alternate dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk+beer mixture (half of dry ingredients, combine, then adding buttermilk/beer, combine further, then rest of dry ingredients). Finallly, fold-in pumpkin puree just until combined.  Fill wrappers with batter scoop, same about 3/4 full and bake for approximately 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center.

Bourbon Caramel Buttercream Frosting  
1 C. (2 Sticks) Butter, slightly softened to room temperature
1/2+ C. Bourbon Caramel Sauce, prepared and cooled to room temperature
3 1/2  C. Powdered Sugar  
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Prepare the Caramel sauce above and allow to come to room temperature.
In an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium high, speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, scrapping down in between.  Once sugar is incorporated, add vanilla. Gradually add in 1/2 C. of the caramel sauce, reserving the rest to drizzle over top later. Once cupcakes have cooled, frost and then finish by drizzling with extra caramel sauce.


Recipe courtesy of Spoonful of Sugar Cupcakes

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Pumpkick Ale pumpkin loaf with Pumpkick glaze »

From Sarah LaCombe of
Pumpkick Ale pumpkin loaf with Pumpkick glaze

Pumpkick Ale Pumpkin Loaf with Pumpkick Glaze

Makes two 9x5x3 inch loaves

1 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup Pumpkick Ale
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons kosher salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9x5x3 inch loaf pans (or cheat and use Baker's Joy like I do) and set aside.

In a large bowl (I use my KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment) mix together the pumpkin puree, oil and sugar until they are combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition. Add vanilla and Pumpkick Ale and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix until combined.

Divide the batter evenly between the two pans, smooth out the tops and bake for about one hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. While the loaves are baking, you can make the optional glaze with the Pumpkick Ale, or drink the rest of the beer yourself...


1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons Pumpkick Ale
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Pour the glaze over warm loaves, allow to set and then enjoy!

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Pumpkick food pairings »

NBB sensory crew
Pumpkick food pairings

Tis the season for baked good.


Savory Mushroom Pie. This pie is hearty but Pumpkick will love the challenge! The buttery crusty, earthy mushrooms and heavy gravy filling will feel light as a feather when the herbal citrus lemongrass and tart cranberries lift it up and wash it down.

Caramel Apple Pie. So complementary! The fruity esters and caramel malts intersect perfectly with the bright and sweet apples, gooey caramel and flaky crust!

Pumpkin Pie. It’s all about the contrast with this one: sweet and tart. Normally, traditional pumpkin beers would get lost in a pumpkin pie. With the contrasting elements of cranberry and lemongrass, you went from ho-hum to oh-boy!

Turkey Pot Pie. ‘Tis the season and turkey is on the menu. With the addition of cranberries in the beer, this savory salty pie will welcome the palate refreshing zing from Pumpkick.