Intoxicated Cupcakes: 41 Tipsy Treats - Cookbook Review
By Kate Legere
(Running Press, 2011)
Booze-infused cupcakes seem like something “Sex and the City”’s Carrie Bradshaw would have dreamed up while sipping a Cosmo and nibbling sweets from Magnolia Bakery. Bringing that idea to bear with sassy style is the cookbook “Intoxicated Cupcakes: 41 Tipsy Treats” by Kate Legere. Nearly every cupcake is illustrated with tempting full-page photos showing the finished product, some featuring whimsical presentation ideas such as tropical paper umbrellas. Her recipes are divided into five main chapters. The Sweet Stuff section features cocktails like the Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada, flavors well-suited for desserts. Meanwhile, some of the selections in the Fun Stuff and Hard Stuff chapters sound less appetizing. (We imagine only brave bakers will try their hand at the Jäger Bomb cupcakes with Red Bull baked into the cake.) But before you dismiss this cookbook as just a novelty, be sure to browse through the Fancy Stuff, which bring into the mix interesting ingredients like Framboise raspberry lambic beer to complement dark Belgian chocolate.
Whether one can truly taste the alcoholic kick given to these sweets might be up for debate. In the case of the White Chocolate Raspberry cupcakes, the taste of the Chambord liqueur infused in the batter was pretty negligible, but the final product was nonetheless delicious. Many recipes also include a “Kate’s Tip,” although most of the time these were fairly simple suggestions and not very innovative.
While they may not be appropriate for an elementary school bake sale, there’s no doubt these cupcakes would make for a fun finale to a bachelorette party, bridal showers or birthday — as long as your revelers are of legal drinking age!