Forget donuts or black-and-white cookies; New York is now decidedly a cupcake town, with dozens of bakeries producing a wide range of these decadent confections.
Our favorites, of course, contain a measure of spirits in addition to butter, chocolate and other standard sinful ingredients. And some of the best adult cupcakes we’ve found are whipped up by Allison and Matt Robicelli, who supply an array of stores around the Big Apple with baked goods. No surprise, since they produce a staggering 250 different cupcake flavors that rotate throughout the year.
We were able to get the couple to share the recipes for a pair of their creations that call for Scotch. Both are featured in their brand-new book, Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes, which comes out next week. (Pre-order it today!)
So this weekend, try their The Carbomb (pictured above), which combines rich chocolate-Guinness cake with a Baileys buttercream frosting and an amazing single-malt ganache. It’s like a whole liquor cabinet in dessert form!
Or satisfy your sweet tooth with their Fruitcake—we promise it’s better than what you’re imagining right now. It includes candied kumquats, pomegranate, walnuts and both Scotch and the Scottish liqueur Drambuie. It just may be the perfect fall treat!
(Photos courtesy Eric Isaac)