Disney’s Gaston and Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale Cupcakes

The other day my hubby asked me a question that really made me think. He asked… What is your favorite Disney princess? I know… it’s a deep, thought provoking question. Haha! But I drew a blank! As I thought about it, I couldn’t come up with one. I like the princesses, but none stick out as my absolute favorite. I have always been a fan of the villains. Now, if you were to ask me my favorite of the villains, I wouldn’t need to think about it… Maleficent. Since we are nearing Valentine’s Day, I started thinking about the characters that became villains because of love. The first one that came to mind was Gaston (his last name is LeGume) from Beauty and the Beast.

 

Disney's Gaston Valentine's Day Card

Gaston is such an over the top character. He loves himself more than anything and the only reason he wants to marry Belle is because he finds her to be as beautiful as he is. He is conceited, rude, narcissistic, muscular and a hunter. He is a man with a plan and he follows through. But, he turns for the worst when his plan to marry Belle fails. After that, his main goal is to kill the beast because Belle has developed feelings for him. Gaston does not understand how she could reject him, a handsome, confident man, for a beast. He just wants to be loved.

 

Disney's Gaston Valentine's Day Card

I created 2 things with Gaston in mind. The first is a Valentine’s Day card. I took one of his many awesome quotes and decorated the card with antlers mounted on a heart plaque. I printed these out on card stock and they came out great! If you want one for a special someone in your life, say the word and I can put it up on my Etsy shop. Also, I have a download here for you to print out in a smaller card size. The second thing I made is cupcakes. I know cupcakes are not what Gaston would choose to eat BUT these are different cupcakes… he would approve.

 

Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale Cupcakes

Coming up with a flavor for the cupcakes wasn’t too hard. Since Gaston is a beer drinker, I thought that was a perfect direction to go in. I chose Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale. It is a Belgian style ale with caramel, chocolate and cherry notes. The flavor you taste the most is the cherry, so to accent that flavor even more, I made Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale cupcakes with cherry compote filling and almond buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are amazing! The beer does not hide in the cake at all; you can really taste it in there. To pack it with even more flavor, I marinated the cherries overnight in beer so they soaked up all that goodness. Marinating the cherries is optional but I highly recommend it. Then you take those lovely beer soaked cherries and make compote with even more beer! Like I said, there is no hiding the beer flavor in these cupcakes. Topping off the yumminess is almond buttercream frosting to compliment the cherry flavor. If you are a beer lover, you should definitely try to make these cupcakes. They are sooo delicious.

 

Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale Cupcakes

Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale Cupcakes with Cherry Filling and Almond Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 18 Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • 3/4 C. Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1 3/4 C. Sugar
  • 2 C. Flour
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 3 Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1 C. Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale
  • Filling
  • 1 C. Pitted Cherries* (I used frozen)
  • 1/4 C. Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1/2 C. Sugar
  • Frosting
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 2 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Almond Extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Heavy Cream

Instructions

    For Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Lightly whisk and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add eggs one at a time until just blended. Add vanilla.
  5. With the mixer on low, add half of the flour mixture, mix until just blended. Then add half of the beer, mix until just blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat with remaining ingredients. Do not over mix.
  6. Divide batter evenly into cupcake liners and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack completely.
  8. For Filling
  9. Place cherries, beer, cornstarch and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  10. Once sauce thickens, remove from heat and cool completely.
  11. For Frosting
  12. Using a stand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy.
  13. With the mixer on low, add half of the sugar until combined.
  14. Add in almond extract and remaining sugar.
  15. Add in heavy cream and beat on high for 5 minutes.
  16. To Assemble
  17. To fill the cupcakes, using a knife, cut a 1 inch circle about 1 inch deep in the top of each cupcake. Carefully remove tops and set aside. Spoon cooled cherry filling into cooled cupcakes.
  18. Top with almond buttercream frosting.

Notes

*If you want to marinate the cherries, place 1 cup of cherries in a glass container with 1/2 cup of beer. Cover with a lid and let soak overnight.

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