Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book review - Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked with Spirits, Win and Beer

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Book review - Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked with Spirits, Win and Beer

Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked with Spirits, Wine, and Beer, by Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone (Quirk Books; July 2010; $16.95), introduces a whole new realm of decadent desserts to a grown-up dinner party! Featuring 108 booze cakes (with variations), 32 cake shot recipes, and beautiful full-color photography, readers will discover tipsy treats such as:

  • Classic Booze Cakes: All the recipes your grandparents used to bake, including three-layer Lane Cake, salty-sweet Honey Spice Beer Cake, and fruit-and-cream English Trifle.
  • Cocktail Cakes: Fresh new recipes based on classic drinks, from tropical Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake to chocolaty confections like Rum & Coke Whoopie Pies.
  • Cake Shots: Perfect party snacks, such as bite-size Long Island Ice Tea Cakes, decadent Wine-Tasting Cakes, and every imaginable flavor of Jelly Cake Shots.
  • Cakes with a Twist: Extraordinary recipes are made even better with alcohol: Shamelessly Rich Carrot Cake infused with rum and frosty Spiked Ice-Cream Cake, to name just two.

Featured throughout are tips and tricks on baking with alcohol, serving suggestions for fun cocktail-cake parties, and yummy cocktail recipes, plus a handy “Booze Meter” to track the alcohol content in each decadent dessert. Adventurous bakers can refer to the “Homemade Booze” and “Homemade Treats” sections to learn how to make eggnog, coffee liqueur, simple syrup, flavored sugars, candied fruits, boozy cake frostings, and much more. These spiked confections are the perfect nightcap for any party, potluck, or pitch-in!

Krystina Castella is the author of the wildly popular cookbooks Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone (Quirk, 2008) and Crazy About Cupcakes (Sterling, 2006). Terry Lee Stone is a graphic designer, educator, knitter, and design-trends writer. Both authors are available for media. Visit the Krystina and Terry at Booze Cakes on Facebook!

My Take on the Book

Filled with sumptuous cakes, this book does a great job at making your mouth water and call out for more. I was amazed at how easy these recipes were and how little alcohol (at least in some of them) that were included in the book. From using Beer & Wine to Tequila, you will be able to find something for everyone in this cookbook to encourage even the most picky eaters.

If you would like to have a copy of this book for your own kitchen you can find it on Amazon!

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