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Chew on This: Cupcakes that will get you drunk

Cupcakes with a kick.


Imagine needing to show your ID to buy a cupcake?  But a thanks to a spate of booze-filled treats, some bakeries are requiring customers show proof of age, or no cake.

New York’s Prohibition Bakery, which opened in 2011, sells baked renditions of classic cocktails, like margaritas, mojitos and Old Fashions, and more interesting combinations.

Like beer?  How about the Pretzels and Beer cupcake, which is made out of Six Point Sweet Action Ale, Nutella, pretzel and white truffle.  The Dark & Stormy cupcake includes Gosling’s Rum, ginger beer and lime, and the Scotch and Cigar flavor has real scotch and cigar in it.  (Yikes, two reasons to get carded.)

Let’s be clear: These cupcake aren’t just infused with alcohol. The booze is added after the delicious treats have finished baking, so the alcohol does not bake out of the treats. Eat enough and you will get drunk – and probably have a stomach ache to boot.

Prohibition isn’t the only place serving booze-spiked cakes.  In Washington, D.C. Crunkcakes, which aims to “to give you cavities and liver damage at the same time,” doesn’t sell its wares in a brick and motor store, but rather in places with liquor licenses.

In Los Angeles, Wasted Cupcakes, which serves up classics like Ouzo and Chocolate cupcakes, and Metaxa and Orange cupcakes, have been shipping its booze-flavored treats across the country since 2010 and are in the process of opening their flagship store in Beverly Hills.

And in Las Vegas, Sin City Cupcakes puts its own spin on booze-filled creations with names like the Russian Climax, Sexed in the City and Choco-mallow Intercourse.

Most bakeries offer virgin options to satisfy a range of customers.   

So how much booze are typically in these treats?  It depends on the bakery and which state it is located.  For example, for Prohibition to comply with N.Y. state law, each cupcake must contain less than 5 percent alcohol by volume.

But the next time you're in the mood for a boozy cupcake, don't forget to bring your ID.

Now go and please eat responsibly.