I bet the title of this post grabbed your attention. Prohibition Bakery! Prohibition = alcohol and in cakes that can only be a good thing.
I’ve made quite a few boozy cakes here on CakesBakesAndCookies.Com, The whisky cake aimed at my dad, the Black forrest gateau aimed at the husband and don’t get me started on boozy mince pies -aimed at everyone! So when I saw this book was about to land in the UK I had to get my hands on it. It is literally bursting with amazing cupcakes all with a touch of the hard stuff. I’m not a big drinker (unless it’s Dr Pepper!) but I love an alcoholic cake. The flavour just adds that little something extra.
The Prohibition Bakery
The Prohibition bakery isn’t just a book. It’s an actual bakery in New York City run by the very talented Leslie Feinberg and Brook Siem. The duo set up the bakery in 2011 transforming your favourite cocktails into tasty cupcakes. Flavour is the name of the game and every conceivable flavour is included in this book. Fifty five recipes to be exact.
So, what’s the book all about?
You’re gonna love this. Here’s a run down of the contents titles and just one example of what you can bake !!!!
- Vodka – White Russian anyone? Super cute looking cupcake.
- Rum -This is a nice big chapter. Mojito cupcake- probably one of my all time favourite cocktails. Definitely going to make this one!
- Whisky – The Sherlock and Watson cake sounds like it has a powerful punch, with an Earl grey and Highland scotch filling. There are eight Whisky cakes to try. Eeek!
- Gin – It’s not everyday you come across a cupcake named ‘Suffering bastard’ It’s a ‘hair of the dog’ cupcake with gin and bourbon!
- Tequila -Margarita. What more can I say?
- Wine – Port in the storm. I love port and these cute little chocolate cupcakes look too good to miss.
- Beer/Cider – The ‘apples to apples’ cupcake sounds amazing – pumpkin, cinnamon and applejack brandy. Niiiice!
- Liqueur – For me it has to be Amaretto sour. Amaretto is basically alcoholic Dr Pepper to me. ?
- Cocktails – Not the cake variety. Actual cocktail recipes. A great end to a great book.
I love it that the introduction of this book includes everything you need to know to make a great cupcake – from building a baking kitchen, equipment and the basics right through to creating new flavours, frosting tips and everything you need to know about infusions and fillings. Once you have these down you can make all sorts of flavours using their guidelines. Tips like making an infused jelly will bring out the flavour more than just adding that ingredient to your cake mix.
The photography is dark and moody with loads of old photos from during the prohibition age. I love the shot of the ‘ladies against prohibition’ with their old time fashions and serious faces. The pages have sticky tape marks on them like the book’s a scrap book – nice touch. The photos of the cakes are really close and make you want to learn how to get those pretty star topping effects so big on the top of a cupcake – they’re perfect! The recipes are easy to follow and look sooooo delish! I want to eat every single one – especially in the liqueurs section.
I should mention that these are little cupcakes. Eat too many and you know what effect they’ll have.
I really like this book. It’s got a great vibe to it, lots of Leslie and Brook’s personality coming through in the writing which makes it feel really friendly. As much as I think this would make a fantastic gift for a friend I think my mates would prefer a box of cakes made from the book more!
The Prohibition Bakery by Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem, Sterling Epicure publishing, is available on Amazon through my affiliate link here
And what about the giveaway?
The lovely publishers of The Prohibition Bakery by Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem, Sterling Epicure publishing, have given me not one, not two but THREE copies of this great book to giveaway to my lovely readers. Wanna win one?
To enter all you need to do is share at least one image from this post on Pinterest AND leave a comment below telling me what your ideal alcoholic flavour cake would be and why. Winners will be drawn at midday Thursday 2nd June 2016.
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This giveaway will close at 12:00 midday on 2nd June 2016. Sharing an image from this post on Pinterest and leaving a blog post comment is a mandatory entry option. This prize is offered by Sterling Epicure. I am hosting it on behalf of Sterling Epicure. Please note, I am not responsible for posting the prizes out or providing it. Sterling Epicure or their representative will send out the prizes, the winners must provide their name and address once contacted. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received. The winner will be notified within 3 days of the closing date. The prize is one copy of the ‘Prohibition Bakery’ book, no cash alternatives are available. This giveaway is open only to residents in mainland UK (excluding Northern Ireland and Scottish Highlands and Islands) and entrants must be over 18.