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{Gluten-Free} Beer-Infused Strawberry Shortcakes with Fresh Whipped Cream

Paired with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, these beer-infused cakes are a delicious treat!

{Gluten-Free}Beer Infused Strawberry Shortcake

It is strawberry season here….yes, I said strawberry season. While everyone up north is freezing, down here in South Florida we are just beginning to harvest. U-pick farms will open soon and there will be an abundance of sweet, ripe strawberries.

You may be wondering…

Why would you put beer in a Strawberry Shortcake?

Normally, I wouldn’t, but awhile back I was in the midst of taste testing gluten-free beers for the 8 Gluten-Free Beers to Celebrate Oktoberfest post and I came across New Planet’s Blonde Ale. I had already planned to use one of the beers for a recipe, and had been thinking brownies, but the crisp sweet taste of the Blonde Ale made me think dessert and I wanted to use it. I remembered I had a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Cupcake mix sitting in the pantry and a thought of genius struck me. Why not use the beer to make the cupcakes? No one is paying me for this idea (though if they wanted to I would not refuse!), it was just a light bulb moment. I originally tried out these cupcakes in October, but I wanted to wait until strawberries were in season to share!

It was so easy and so delicious.

The beer mellowed out the sweetness and reminded me more of a shortcake than a cupcake. They rose wonderfully and had a fantastic texture. Our beer testing crew loved them, no one ever would have known they were gluten-free. There was not one bit of grit to them. Despite the love of the cupcakes, they were missing something. No one could really agree on what type of icing would be best. After much debate, we realized that because the texture is somewhere between a muffin and cake it would hold up nicely to some fresh whipped cream and sliced strawberries. Amazing. You need to try this.

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I am sure you could use another beer, but it needs to be light and a bit on the sweet side. Redbridge would work well, or even a hard cider would probably be good. I have not tried this with any other gluten-free cake mix, but I would assume that they would generally come out the same. They sell the Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix at my local Big Lots and it is fairly inexpensive. Altogether this recipe costs about $10.00 to make and makes at least 8 servings (with several cakes left over). If you try it with a different cake mix or a different beer be sure to let me know the outcome, but for today, here is my very simple, Beer-Infused Strawberry Shortcakes.

Gluten-Free, Beer-Infused Strawberry Shortcakes

Beer-Infused Strawberry Shortcakes with Fresh Whipped Cream

1 package Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix
1/2 cup light, slightly sweet beer (Such as New Planet’s Blonde Ale)
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup whipping cream
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint fresh strawberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325. Beat the 3 eggs for 30 seconds and then add the beer and vegetable oil. Continue beating for another 2 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides. Spoon into a greased (or paper lined) cupcake pan, leaving about a half inch at the top. Bake for 25 minutes. While the cupcakes are cooling, whip the cream with the vanilla and sugar until it forms soft peaks. Slice cupcakes in half and top with whipped cream and sliced berries.

{Gluten-Free} Beer-Infused Strawberry Shortcakes with Fresh Whipped Cream

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  • 1 package Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup light, slightly sweet beer (Such as New Planet's Blonde Ale)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries

  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Beat the 3 eggs for 30 seconds and then add the cake mix, beer and vegetable oil.
  3. Continue beating for another 2 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides.
  4. Spoon into a greased (or paper lined) cupcake pan, leaving about a half inch at the top.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.
  6. While the cupcakes are cooling, whip the cream with the vanilla and sugar until it forms soft peaks.
  7. Slice cupcakes in half and top with whipped cream and sliced berries.

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Wendy
    September 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

    These look absolutely amazing. I didn’t know that Bob’s Red Mill had cake mixes – I will have to check them out.

  • Reply
    Alisa Fleming
    September 13, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Beer bread, why not beer cupcakes? I love it! I can’t wait to try this with some dairy-free whip 🙂

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    Cricket Plunkett
    September 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

    This is a fun idea, like strawberry short cakes are all grown up!

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    Malibu Mama Loves
    April 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    WOW this looks sooooo good! Pinning it and planning to make it next weekend! TY for sharing! Malibu Mama Loves Xx

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    Malibu Mama Loves
    April 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    WOW this looks sooooo good! Pinning it and planning to make it next weekend! Thank you for sharing! Malibu Mama Loves Xx

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    Brianna @Flippin' Delicious
    January 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    So fun and creative. I love that you put beer in the shortcakes!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks! It was a moment of genius, I was originally thinking brownies, but then I saw the cake mix sitting there and thought, why not?

  • Reply
    Erica D.
    January 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Now I’m craving a cake with beer in it – and it’s only 10am. Is that even legal?

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      It’s never too early for cake!

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    Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva
    January 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    OK, I am kind of jealous you are getting fresh strawberries right now…sigh…I am not longing for summer, but fresh berries…PLEASE!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      It’s one of the great things about South Florida, our growing season is reversed from most areas of the country. … I’m sure if would work with some frozen berries as well!

  • Reply
    Linda Roisum
    January 20, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I live in SW Florida and love our winter strawberry season. Will definitely give this a try.

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 23, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      It’s great! I love that when everyone else is freezing we get fresh fruit!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    January 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    What a fun way to infuse some GF alcohol! Fabulous strawberry treat!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 20, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Rebecca! I thought it was a great way to use it and I feel like it really enhanced the texture :).

  • Reply
    Teresa
    January 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Great idea, I tried cakes with coke, but beer? It’s a shame strawberry season is a few months away where I live…

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 18, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      I haven’t tried with making cakes with coke, I’m going to have to try that now! I hope you give this recipe a try when your strawberry season rolls around :).

  • Reply
    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
    January 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    These cupcakes have me drooling! Totally have to try them!! 🙂

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Sherri! I hope you like them! They are super easy and you get to drink the rest of the beer 🙂

  • Reply
    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    January 16, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Love love love strawberry season. We’re not quite there in California, but we are getting so close that I can almost taste it! I’ve never tried baking with beer, but it sounds kind of amazing! Those shortcakes sure do look delicious.

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 16, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Strawberry season is the best! I look forward to it every year, it makes such a difference in the quality of the strawberries that are available!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    January 15, 2016 at 9:59 am

    So few ingredients and the best dessert! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      It is so simple, I almost didn’t even post it! Then I realized that everyone is always looking for something quick and easy, that tastes spectacular!

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    Christie
    January 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I am in love with this recipe. I bake with wine but never thought to bake with beer and I love beer. I have to try this one ASAP

    • Reply
      Amanda
      January 16, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Christie, I never though to bake with wine. I am going to have to try that out!

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    Lisa
    January 15, 2016 at 9:42 am

    This is a very cool idea and while I’m not gluten free – I’ll eat virtually anything, so this is now on my to-make list! BTW – I’m a South Florida girl – heading to the farmers market in the morning to get some Plant City strawberries.

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      Amanda
      January 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      The best part about these, is that even if you aren’t gluten-free they taste great. Because of my celiacs, we don’t use any products with gluten, but none of our friends ever know the difference!

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    Cassandrea at chewsandbrews.ca
    January 15, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I am a sucker for anything that is cooking or baking with beer! This sounds and looks awesome!!

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