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Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked with Spirits, Wine, and Beer Paperback – July 1, 2010
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“Filled with intoxicating color photographs and an easy-to-read layout, Booze Cakes contains over 40 recipes with numerous variations for cakes of all kinds.”—Library Journal
“As Booze Cakes says, ‘The great thing about baking practice is that you get to eat your mistakes.’ So true. There were no leftovers.”—McClatchy News Service
“From Piña Colada Cake to Rum and Coke Whoopie Pies, there's a dessert in this book that will satisfy every lush's sweet tooth.”—Lemondrop.com
“Whether you buy Booze Cakes as a house-warming gift or for yourself, it's the ultimate dessert cookbook to have on hand for your next party.”—Examiner.com
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The first was the Mudslide Cake. It looks so chocolaty in the picture, but I followed the recipe EXACTLY and ended up with a walnut colored cake. It tasted all right, but I would not call it chocolate at all, and did not feel right bringing it to the reception to serve to guests. I ended up making a very tasty mudslide cake using my tried and true Fudge Cake recipe which I just modified a little. I used the book's recipe for the icing and drizzle and that was delicious! My modified Mudslide Cake was a big hit with the women at the reception.
Then I made the Honey Spice Beer Cake. When it came out of the oven, this was the UGLY duckling of cakes. Part of the cake looked like it was venting steam out during the baking process. When the timer went off, that area of the cake was still completely raw. The surface of the cake was wavy and bumpy looking. I left the cake in for an additional 12 minutes to try to get that area to cook a little. When it finally came out of the oven, the edges were crispy, the top was wavy and that problem area was still a little mushy. I was going to scrap the whole cake, but when I took it out of the pan, I tasted a little piece and it was actually very tasty! I had to carve the cake into a rectangular shape on a 1/4 sheet board. But once I iced it, no one even knew the difference. The honey and lemon go so well with the spices. And the Honey Beer Frosting added a little more richness. The mixed nuts on top added a salty crunch. Despite it's rough beginnings, this was one of the tastiest cakes I've ever made.
The book is really cute, clever and original. But so far the recipes I've tried could use some improvement.
* The recipes are broken into 4 easy to use chapters, including Classic Booze Cakes, Cocktail Cakes, Cake Shots, and Cakes with a Twist. Classic Booze Cakes are traditional recipes that would normally contain alcohol. Cocktail Cakes are based on traditional mixed drink flavors, Cake Shots are quick and cute party munchies, and Cakes with a Twist are traditional recipes that have alcohol added.
* The recipes comes with legends that tell you how much booze will be left in the recipe (from Lightweight, Feeling it, and Totally Tipsy), what kind of event the recipe would be good for, what type of cake it is, and how quickly it bakes.
* Almost every recipe has at least one variation, many have 3 or 4 variations.
* There is a wonderful chart that describes which booze goes with which flavors best.
There are so many wonderful recipes in here that blew my mind, from the Jelly Cake Shots (too cute!), to the Blue Hawaii Upside Down Pineapple Cake, to the Golden Rum cake, there are many delightful recipes in here. Plus, the knowledge on how to bake with alcohol is invaluable because it can be a tricky ingredient.
All around, this book is a wonderful addition to anyone's cooking library!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a pretty good book. It has some great recipes, I just wish I used it more often.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun cookbook. Some of the recipes are for more advanced bakers. Most are tasty, but a few go way overboard trying to cram more booze into the dessert than the dessert can... Read morePublished 8 months ago by W. Shelly
Love it! Gives a whole new spin on the booze cakes I normally make.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I fell victim to the clever design & lovely pictures only to be led astray in recipe after recipe....
I made the MOCHA RUM BROWNIES.... Read more