Beth Somers

4 Easy Tips for Baking with Alcohol

October 23rd, 2014 by Beth Somers

I love spiking sweet treats. Liquors, beers, wine and other kinds of alcohol bring a breadth of new flavors to baking, and it makes for a great conversation piece at parties. Here are some tips and tricks to baking with vodka.

1. Some alcohols have more flavor components than others. Bourbon, which is very popular in baking these days, can be smoky, oaky, wood or bitter with hints of honey, vanilla or cherry, depending on the different proportions of grains that are used and the distillation process. In short, there’s a lot of flavor going on in bourbon. Add it to cakes and cupcakes, and it’s going to impart that flavor.

Vodka, and especially premium vodka like Tito’s, is at the opposite end of the flavor spectrum. Premium vodkas are distilled multiple times to remove impurities, which also cleans up the taste, leaving very little flavor. Because the flavor is so minimal, using vodka as a wet ingredient in baked goods like cakes and brownies imparts more of a “cool factor” than an actual flavor. It’s fun and novel to serve a “vodka cake,” but the cake itself will not taste of vodka.

2. Take inspiration from classic cocktails. When baking with liquor, I take flavor cues from drink recipes. The Bloody Mary Muffins are a great example. Bloody Marys are made with vodka, so a muffin riff on that cocktail implies that vodka is included. Bloody mary mix, tomato paste, and hot sauce reinforce the flavor of this well-known drink. And even though you can’t “taste” the vodka per se, a true bloody mary (or Bloody Mary Muffin) can’t be made without it!

 

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Bloody Mary Muffins

3. When baking with vodka, don’t cook out all of the alcohol. Just a little bit of burn lets you know that there really is vodka in the recipe. The Spiced Apple Mini Skull Lava Cakes are a great example. The gooey filling for the cakes is first cooked on the stove, but the vodka is added off the heat so that it keeps its original flavor profile. It’s the same story in the cream cheese glaze. A small amount of vodka is added to the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar to loosen it to a pourable consistency, and to add an additional subtle layer of vodka.

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4. Not all alcohols are created equal. Cheap stuff rarely tastes good, and baking can’t magically change its flavor.  This is no secret: start with a better bottle to yield a better baked good. Tito’s Vodka is a premium product, so adding it to a recipe means adding a good flavor.

Liz Hamilton

How to Make Halloween Monster Cookies

October 21st, 2014 by Liz Hamilton

It’s time again for the annual Halloween parties! We all have them – at school with the kids, theme-parties with friends, and Trick-or-Treat parties with parents waiting for the little ghosts and goblins to show up at the front door. As always, I wanted to take something that was not only delicious, but also looked great. However, busy schedules don’t always allow for long cooking and baking projects.
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Emily Tatak

Behind the Scenes: Recipe Development

October 16th, 2014 by Emily Tatak

Bloody Mary Muffins     Witch Finger Cookies     Double Trouble Pumpkin Brownies      Spiced Apple Mini Skull Lava Cakes     Mini Cheesecakes Crawling with Kiwi Flavor 

One of the best parts of working in the Wilton Test Kitchen is developing delicious and unique recipes. Whether it’s for a new pan line, treatology.wilton.com or Tito’s Vodka, we love to do what we do best – bake! Read the rest of this post »

Desiree Smith

Boozy Baking with an American Vodka

October 9th, 2014 by Desiree Smith

 

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Hard Apple Cider Tart

At first glance, it might seem a bit odd that Wilton has partnered with a vodka company. Cake decorating? Vodka? How do those two pair together?

Boozy baking – baked goods that feature alcohol in the recipe – is popular because it strikes the senses as unique and exotic. The Wilton Test Kitchen created a number of alcohol-infused recipes for Treatology over the past year. This fall, we wanted to explore incorporating alcohol into a variety of desserts using a highly popular and flexible liquor: vodka.
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Eric Erwin

The Original Classic Wilton Fondant is Back

October 2nd, 2014 by Eric Erwin
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The original Classic Wilton Fondant is available now.

As a 22 year Wilton employee, I understand how important it is that we listen to our consumers, as we strive to continually make cake decorating easier and better for everyone, from beginner to professional cake decorator.

You told us that we needed to offer both our new Decorator Preferred Fondant and our original Classic Wilton Fondant. And, you were right.

That’s why we’re re-introducing our original fondant, available exclusively on Wilton.com. Plus, for the first-time-ever, it’s available in a great value, Maker’s Pack!

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Lynlee Beckett

Summer Grillin’ Fondant Tutorial

July 30th, 2014 by Lynlee Beckett

Summer Grillin' horizontalHello! My name is Lynlee Beckett, creator of Lynlees.com and author of Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers, and I am here cooking up some fun fondant tutorials for your Summer cupcakes. There’s nothing better than spending the long hot days grillin’ with friends and family. These hamburger and hot dog fondant toppers are hot off the grill and just perfect for your Summertime get-togethers!
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Jenny Streicher

Cakes that Span the Decades – Experience the Tie Dye Blast From the Past 60s Cake!

July 28th, 2014 by Jenny Streicher

The 1960s marked the birth of a rebellious spirit – a cosmic counterculture of peace, love, music and art! The younger generation was no longer satisfied with blindly following the rules. They were asking questions, taking action and changing the world.
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Desiree Smith

Let This 4th of July Cake Be the Star of Your Celebration!

June 26th, 2014 by Desiree Smith

Looking for the perfect red, white and blue dessert for your 4th of July celebration? Look no further than Hungry Happenings! Sweet Treat Team ambassador Beth Klosterboer created a stunning cake that shows off the spirit of ’Merica!

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Jenny Streicher

Cakes That Span the Decades – Celebrate the Birth of Rock-’N-Roll With our 1950s Malt Shop Cake!

June 10th, 2014 by Jenny Streicher

In the fabulous ’50s, teenagers were taking over! After the war, the economy was booming and teens were spending their allowance at the malt shop. It was the place for teens to feed the jukebox to hear the latest 45s while they fed themselves with burgers and shakes. Read the rest of this post »

Erin Gardner

Add Some Pizzazz to your Patriotic Cake

May 20th, 2014 by Erin Gardner

Hi! I’m Erin Gardner, owner of Wild Orchid Baking Company and author of Great Cake Decorating. To me, summer fun means friends, family and food! While many of my summer days are spent whipping up wedding cakes, I still like to put together a little something special at home.
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