Cake and beer, are two things that top many people’s “favorite’s list”, on their own. So, what happens when we combine beer and cake together? Well, REALLY delicious things. Think you are not a baker? Well, if you can crack some eggs, some beer and open a package of cake mix…You my friend, are baker enough! Below you can find two variations of my VERY easy, “Box-Mix-Beer-cake” recipe! All you must do is figure out what version to make, and what beer to use! You can use beer leftover in your fermenter, or already packaged brew. Either way, I do recommend leaving the hoppy beers out of this one, unless “hoppy cake” is your kind of thing.

Vanilla and Ale version

What you will need:

1 (3.5 ounces) package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 cup beer (I recommend Classic American light, golden ale, Aztec Mexican Cerveza, or Canadian blonde. You could also use any similar recipes or commercial beers.)

¼ cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 box vanilla cake mix

Sugar-beer glaze (recipe below) OR Frosting, fruit, or powdered sugar to your liking.

How to make It:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Spray a non-stick 10inch Bundt pan with non-stick spray

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until creamy and incorporated.

Dump mix in the cake pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean.

Allow cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan and top with your desired fixings!

While cake cools, if you wish to use it you can make your Sugar and beer glaze.

Combine 2-4 Tablespoons of powdered sugar with a half teaspoon of beer at a time, while stirring until a consistency that can be “drizzled” is achieved, but go slow with the liquid, you can easily make it too runny.

Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake. I like this glaze, combined with the addition of fresh fruit.


Chocolate and Ale version

1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix

4 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 AND ¼ cups Dark or Amber Beer (I suggest St. Patrick’s, American Porter, Oktoberfest or Bewitched Amber. Any similar recipes or commercial beers will do, too.)

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease a 13x9 inch pan or alternatively, 2, 9-inch pans with non-stick cooking spray

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stir until smooth and incorporated.

Dump mix in a cake pan(s) and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean.

Allow cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan and topping with your desired topping! Just about any chocolate frosting recipe or pre-made brand will work with this cake. Dark red berries are a decadent option if you are watching your added sugar intake.

If you choose to make this one in a 13x9 rectangular pan, do not worry about removing it! Just make it easy on yourself by allowing the cake to cool and frosting it in the pan. But I understand if you want to be fancy!

Don’t forget to watch your cake, as different ovens can vary in cooking times, and burnt cake kind of…stinks!

Now, Go Forward and MAKE SOME BEER CAKE!