Prime Pairing - Orange Beer Cake with Beer-infused Fruit

Orange Beer Cake with Beer-infused Fruit

Using a boxed cake mix saves time and makes a simple dessert that looks far from store-bought. The White Ale is light enough not to completely take over the cake, but adds a nice flavor. Avery Brewing’s Liliko’I Kepolo Belgian-style White Ale is a perfect, tropical addition since it’s brewed with sweet passion fruit and spices. 



  • 2 cups fresh or thawed strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp juice from orange
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp White Ale (such as Liliko’I Kepolo)


  • 1 box Duncan Hines Yellow 
  • Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup White Ale 
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp juice from orange
  • 3 eggs*
  • Powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream (optional)


To make strawberries: Combine ingredients in a bowl, stir and refrigerate as cake is being made.

To make cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking pan. Combine cake ingredients in a large bowl. 

Beat on medium until well blended, scraping the sides when necessary, about 1 minute. 

Pour cake into pan, and bake as directed on the box. Baking time will depend on the type of pan used. The cake is done when you can insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean.

Allow cake to cool. When ready to serve, top each slice with strawberries. Top your cake with powdered sugar, ice cream or whipped cream. 

*Note: Eggs can be replaced with 3 tbsp ground flax meal and 9 tbsp water, whisked, and allowed to thicken for 15 minutes. 

Kristen Kuchar is a Colorado-based writer and photographer covering craft beverages, food and travel.