**Disclosure: I was sent this product for free to test out & review courtesy of Cakes Under The Influence. All opinions are 100% my own and no other compensation was received.**
With the holidays coming up fast, I thought this would be the perfect time to tell you about a product I got to try recently: Cakes Under The Influence. The alcohol-infused baked goods seem to be a growing trend right now, and I have to say, I’m a fan. It combines delicious cupcakes and cakes with your favorite liquors for an interesting way to consume alcohol. I love this concept especially for parties, and with holiday parties on the horizon, you may want to check this out for yourself.
Their website also has a “Fun Ideas” section with other interesting ideas, such as baking with beer for tailgating cakes, or even an alcoholic pie. Check it out for some unique treats!
I was sent the Two Under the Influence kit, which came with 2 baking molds, 2 serving dishes, set of 2 pouches of cake mix which each serve 2, and paper mold liners for baking with. Now, I was sent enough product to make 2 batches (one chocolate & one vanilla) but I only tried one so far. The combination we came up with was the chocolate cake mix with an irish cream liquor and coffee. It sounds awesome, right? My combination idea seemed great, but in fruition they weren’t bad (but it didn’t come together quite like I thought it would, but that’s my own fault). My suggestion is to maybe stick to one of the recipes provided on the website, or be careful with what combinations you choose.
The company has invented an innovative way to bake with the iconic shaped cocktail molds. Instead of creating new trays that are bulky and difficult to store, the company provides food safe silicone mold stands that rest inside an existing muffin tray. – source
The cake mix I received is called “hi-proof” but you can also do “lo-proof” (which is when you just use a cake mix from the store). The hi-proof cake mix doesn’t require any eggs or oil, you just mix the alcohol in and bake. It also retains more of the alcohol after baking. The hi-proof cake mix also creates a more dense cake. Here’s a visual that better explains the alcohol in the cakes:
You can get cake molds in shot, margarita, martini, or champagne form:
Here’s a few pictures from our first attempt at these adult desserts:
This next part entails another funny thing that happened during our baking process… For frosting/a glaze, they recommend using 1/4 cup of powdered sugar mixed with the same liquor used in the cake. I didn’t realize this until we started baking and of course we didn’t have any powdered sugar on hand… so I got creative and used a packet of hot chocolate mixed with more irish cream instead. I was surprised at how well it ended up working.
So we had a few hiccups along the way (better planning next time for sure), but overall they turned out pretty good. I liked the denser texture and I can’t wait to try a new combination with the vanilla cake mix (and a better flavor combination!). I’ll also make sure to have powdered sugar on hand 😉
Have you tried any alcohol-infused desserts? Do you think your party guests would enjoy something like this?