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Shiner Bock Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Shiner Bock Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting are as decadent as they sound. Earthy and rich, this is no kiddie cupcake. Only grown-ups allowed.

A chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and pink, red, and white M&Ms. The batter is made with Shiner Bock beer.

If you’re Texan, you know Shiner. Shiner, Texas, that is. Famous for one thing: Shiner Bock beer.

Spoetzl Brewery, where Shiner Bock is brewed, has been in business since 1909, and is the oldest independent brewery in Texas.

Shiner Bock is Spoetzl’s flagship beer. Brewed since 1913, this dark and dangerous brew was originally considered a lent beer.

Only about 30 years ago did Spoetzl start making Shiner Bock year round.

Now, we’ve discussed before that I’m not a beer drinker. But I sure can use it in a baked good.

It makes me a very proud Texan to say just how amazingly diet-crash-worthy these cupcakes are.

They’re exactly the sort of dark and dangerous you want to make for a sweetheart this Valentine’s day.

The beer is nowhere near as dark as Guinness, but I think it goes just as well with chocolate as the stout does.

Shiner Bock doesn’t overwhelm the cupcake, but you can definitely tell it’s there.

A delicious, deep undertone that will have people asking you, “Just what is in this cupcake?”.

And don’t worry – they’re safe to share with your favorite mini-Valentines. The alcohol cooks out as the cupcakes bake.

Be sure to use a high quality cocoa powder like Scharffen Berger to achieve fantastic chocolate flavor, okay?

A chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and pink, red, and white M&Ms. The batter is made with Shiner Bock beer.

Shiner Bock Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes

Shiner Bock Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting are rich, decadent, and just the right amount of sweet. I dare you not to eat two at a time.


For the Cupcakes

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • 1 12 oz bottle Shiner Bock Beer

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 oz block of Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 pounds Powdered Sugar

For Decorating

  • Valentine's Day Peanut Butter M&Ms for decoration


For the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Whisk thoroughly to aerate and combine, then set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine sugar and melted butter. Mix on medium speed until well combined, then add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  4. Add vanilla and Greek yogurt or sour cream, and mix again, creaming until well combined and fluffy.
  5. Add the dry mixture and beer in increments - first a bit of the dry ingredients (mix on low), then some of the beer (mix on low), then the dry ingredients again, until both dry ingredients and beer are combined into the cake batter.
  6. Line a muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. Fill each cup 3/4 of the way full with batter. Bake for 23-25 minutes, rotating the pan once, halfway through baking. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and mix again until all liquid is fully incorporated.
    Slowly add the powdered sugar in increments, mixing well after each addition on low speed at first, and then medium as the sugar mixes in. Mixing on a higher speed after a few moments will allow more air to get into the frosting, making it lighter and fluffier.
  2. Continue mixing until the entire 2 pound bag is incorporated into the frosting. I found that at this point my frosting was the perfect consistency, but if you like it a little thinner, add some heavy cream or half and half, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until you get your desired consistency.
  3. If you find you want it a little thicker, refrigerate first, to firm up, for about 10 minutes. Remove from the fridge, and beat again in the mixer. If you find the frosting too thin, you can add more powdered sugar at this time.
  4. I like a lot of frosting on my cupcakes, and this makes enough frosting to liberally cover 24 cupcakes. Don't be shy!

To Decorate

  1. After frosting each cupcake to your liking, top each one with a few Valentine's Day Peanut Butter M&Ms.


  • You can refrigerate the cupcakes for up to 3 days, but I don't suggest adding the M&Ms until you're ready to serve. The moisture in the frosting will erode the candy shell on the M&Ms after a day or so if you add them immediately.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 1gSugar: 56gProtein: 5g

This nutritional information is just an estimate and not to be considered perfectly factual.

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Sunday 10th of February 2013

These look delicious! I wanted to make a cake instead of cupcakes...What changes should I make for two eight inch cake pans? Longer time? ? Thanks!


Sunday 10th of February 2013

AG, you'd probably need a slightly longer cooking time, but only by a few minutes. Check the cakes at 22 minutes, and then again at 25. You want a toothpick to come out of the center cleanly, but leave them slightly underdone. The cakes will cook a bit more while they cool, but stay moist.


Friday 2nd of March 2012

Saw the post for this recipe, shared by Sweet Sugarbelle. I was skeptical (I'm not a beer lover) but made them for a Texas Independence Day celebration. Holy cow, they were great! (I added some homemade vanilla buttercream frosting into the peanut butter cream cheese frosting & thinned it with a dash of buttermilk.) Yum! Thanks for posting the recipe (and thanks to Sugarbelle for sharing it)!


Tuesday 14th of February 2012

Looks so good. A great recipe to treat my husband will love the cakes he loves his beer but also the M&M’s.

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