Chocolate Lambic Cupcakes with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Lambic Cupcakes

Chocolate Lambic Cupcakes with Raspberry Cream CheeseLambic, in case you didn’t know, is the best beer ever. Yes, it’s true. It’s a Belgian beer and it’s fermented differently than other beers, using wild yeasts and bacteria instead of brewer’s yeasts. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) The most well-known lambics are the ones made with the addition of fruit–Framboise, Kriek, and Peche (raspberry, cherry, and peach). And in my opinion, these are also the most delicious lambics. While I’ve tried other fruity beers, lambics are the only ones that I really like. Although lambic might not be found at your local grocery store, you can usually find it at specialty liquor stores and at World Market, which is where we buy it.

Having seen desserts and other confections made with stout beer, I wanted to try using Framboise lambic to flavor cupcakes. Because I was worried the raspberry flavor wouldn’t be able to compete with chocolate, I added raspberry puree to the frosting. (And then I had “Raspberry Beret” stuck in my head for several days, substituting the word “puree” for “beret.” I’m not sure what kind of raspberry puree you buy at a second hand store, but I have a feeling it’s not very good.) I really had nothing to worry about, though, because the raspberry flavor definitely comes through in the cake; the batter tastes like a chocolate raspberry truffle (salmonella never tasted so delicious!) and when the cupcakes are baking in the oven, your whole kitchen will smell like chocolate and raspberries. The cake is light, fluffy, and moist–so light, it’s almost like angel food cake. Almost, but not quite.

Framboise Lambic and RaspberriesThe addition of the puree to the frosting makes it a little bit thin–this is not the kind of frosting that can be piped into 3-inch tall peaks. If that’s your thing, you can omit or reduce the amount of raspberry puree that you add or simply add more powdered sugar. Refrigerating the frosting before piping it onto the cupcakes will also make it thicker, but if you keep the cupcakes out for any length of time, the icing will probably start to deflate a little.

My husband doesn’t like cake or frosting, but he loved these chocolate lambic cupcakes. And I am a big fan of cake and frosting, and these just might be the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. They’re decadent, but not too heavy. And they’re sweet, but not cloyingly so. These are the perfect cupcakes for adult palates. Because, you know, there’s beer in them.

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Chocolate Lambic Cupcakes with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time

25 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes




  • Cupcakes:
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 12 oz. Framboise Lambic
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 c. sour cream
  • Frosting:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 5 tbs. butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 6 oz. fresh raspberries, pureed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt in a small mixing bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together Lambic, melted butter, and vanilla. With hand mixer on low, beat in one egg at a time and then add sour cream. Mix until smooth.
  4. With hand mixer still on low speed, slowly add dry mixture into the wet mixture. Beat until well-combined.
  5. Pour batter into muffin tins, filling each 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 12 minutes; rotate pans. Bake for another 12-13 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. While cupcakes are cooling, start making frosting. Use a hand mixer to beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract in a small mixing bowl. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Fold in raspberry puree. Generously frost each cupcake.


I’m drooling! I love your photo of the one cupcake in focus with three in the background. If you like Lambics you might like sour beers. Have you ever tried one? A good sour beer is the best thing on the planet!

That’s funny, I almost trashed that photo, but Chris really liked it, so I included it. I always take a gazillion pictures and then I have so much trouble choosing which ones to use!

No, I don’t think I’ve tried sour beers. Is that what they say on the label? Because I’m going to look for them this weekend…

oh they are soooo delicious and tart!! i asked chris what you should look for and he gave me some long winded answer about the chemistry of the beer…. basically, its not on the label, but you should ask at a liquor store that sells craft beer and they will guide you to a few. Let me know if you get one!

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Ooh, but you can drink it too! 😀 Or buy some for cupcakes and buy some to drink. I’m not a big beer drinker, but I looove lambic.

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My husband DID eat the frosting by itself, which was amazing because he hates frosting with a passion. Standing at the countertop squeezing leftover frosting into his mouth from the pastry bag wasn’t one of his finer moments. 😉

Ha, I can’t stand Valentine’s Day and it was totally unintentional that I had this recipe scheduled for this week, but people are pinning it and saying that they’re making them today, so I guess they are kind of perfect for the holiday. 🙂

Oh gosh, these look amazing!! And I would have them all to myself since I’m one of the few people in my family who like raspberries. 😀

I love Frambois Lambic. I first tried it about 13 years ago and love love love it. So can you taste the flavor in the cupcake? I was actually googling around to find a frosting recipe using it much like champagne. Have you ever tried it in the frosting? my guess is that it might come out too runny. I love everything about your recipe, i was just asking because for some odd reason I want to be able to say the whole thing has beer in it 🙂 don’t ask me why!

Yes, you can taste it in the cupcakes! And you can also smell it in the cupcakes as they bake–it is the best smell ever. 🙂 I haven’t used it in the frosting, though. You could probably add a tablespoon or so and it would retain its texture but not add much flavor and any more than a tablespoon, it would impart more of a taste but the texture would be a bit thinner–more of a glaze than a frosting. If you try it out, let me know how it goes!

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