Not only does booze add some edge, but spiking your desserts is actually great way to turn up the moisture and sophisticated flavor of your favorite recipes. No matter what your alcohol preference, there is a way to turn that burning kick into an indulgent treat. However, it’s easy to go a little overboard, so here are a few things to keep in mind when baking with booze:
- Start with less than you’d think. Remember that you can always add more, but once that kick goes too far, there’s no turning back.
- Keep in mind you might be able to get a buzz on with a spiked milkshake, but the alcohol will burn out of the cakes and cupcakes, so they have to actually taste good.
- Stick to classic pairings known to enhance flavors, like whiskey and chocolate or tequila and lime.
- If you can stand it, use the nicer bottles for baking and save the cheap stuff for your Friday night.
- You have a little more liberty with thicker, denser treats, but the light and fruity desserts can’t handle as much alcohol if you want to preserve their natural flavor.
So read on, choose your drink of choice, and make it happen.
Add a little kick to this French favorite with this recipe.
Switch out rum for beer in this twist on a classic boozy recipe.
The name’s a mouthful, but this recipe is super easy and only requires a few ingredients you probably have lying around — along with the leftover cheap beer in your fridge.
This one’s easy. Just make a chocolate cake box mix and dump some beer in there. Done. In case you still need it, here’s the recipe.
How pretty are these sophisticated bourbon cupcakes?
This recipe gives classic chocolate cake a double kick of alc with bourbon and stout.
Indulgent and delicious — the alcohol doesn’t burn off with this grown up milkshake. Recipe here.
Another easy loaf dessert recipe, but with bourbon instead of beer in case whiskey’s more your style.
When a lime won’t cut it, treat yourself for getting down your tequila shot with one of these delicious little donuts. Dream come true.
These macarons are filled with tequila lime buttercream, perfect for Cinco de Mayo.
Try this great recipe, or just dump a little tequila in your favorite lemon bar recipe.
This little spiked chocolate cake is perfect when you really need to indulge. Recipe here.
The moister the better with brownies, and this recipe shows rum will do the trick.
These boozy cannoli are truly unbeatable.
These cupcakes will take you straight to the beach. Since Malibu is so sugary (which explains the horrible hangovers), you can turn up the booze and they’ll still taste good.
Ignore the “optional” next to the rum in this delicious banana bread recipe. It’s necessary.
Take mixed drinks to a whole new level with these vodka floats.
The vodka might not do much for the flavor but this milkshake is definitely a more delicious way to get a buzz on.
3. Pie Crust
Adding vodka to pie crust is actually a classic trick to make it that perfect flaky texture. Invest some time into this recipe next time you decide to whip out a pie.
These popsicles are the most delicious and refreshing summery treat.
This chocolate cake is perfect for the wine connoisseur in your life.
Pour a few glasses for yourself while you bake these cupcakes and make a night of it.
These classy champagne cupcakes are perfect for New Years or any other celebration.
The subtle champagne flavor in the filling enhances the classic chocolate raspberry pair in these macarons.
Pair these fancy waffles with a pitcher of mimosas for the perfect boozy brunch.