Sisters Take On… Alcoholic Desserts

Sisters Take On… Alcoholic Desserts

At the time I’m writing this, it’s a few weeks after Christmas: the time of the year where people take the festivities as a reason to put alcohol in anything possible.  So, it makes sense that by the end of the holidays we were left with a multitude of different alcoholic desserts just sitting around our kitchen… As a result, I took this as the perfect time for the second edition of my Sisters Take On series: where my sister and I both try something and give our differing opinions, given the fact that we’re two peas from some very different pods.  You see, you have:
Me… A 20 year old detail-oriented early-bird with a compulsion to be busy all the time, who loves new experiences and trying new things and actually likes the taste of alcohol.
and
My sister… A 15 year old girl who loves sleeping in, computer games and photography, would never leave the indoors if she could, and doesn’t like branching out from what she knows and likes.  Also, she absolutely hates the taste of alcohol.
So, we gathered the alcoholic desserts in our kitchen, lined them up and had a bit of a taste test, ranking them out of 5 on:

  • Taste
  • Impact of alcohol (Whether it added to the taste or whether it just wasn’t needed)
  • Level of moistness (Or flakiness, in the case of pastry desserts)
  • Whether we’d eat it again

and here are our results, in order of worst to best…
 
FOURTH PLACE: Sainsburys Prosecco Mini Cupcakes

My mum brought these home because she saw some on sale and figured that I, a Prosecco lover should give them a go.  Sainsburys describes them as “a sponge base, with a layer of Prosecco sauce, topped with Prosecco flavoured buttercream and decoration.” Available here

My Review…
Okay so firstly, by just looking at them (No matter how cute they were) I could tell they weren’t going to be my kind of cupcake because the icing to cupcake ratio was completely off.  Controversial opinion but there should never be more icing than cake and this thing was like 70% icing and 30% cupcake, and that’s me being generous.  As for the Prosecco flavouring?  I have to say, the icing really did resemble Prosecco, which impressed me as I really didn’t know what to expect when it came to that.  However, one bite of that mini cupcake was enough for me.

  • Taste: 2/5
  • Alcoholic Impact: 2.5/5
  • Moistness: 3/5
  • Eat again: 0/5

Mia’s Review…
The taste of the cupcakes wasn’t good at all… It tasted like metal and I really couldn’t taste anything other than that (Does Prosecco taste like metal?  Who knows?  I don’t think I actually know what alcohol tastes like).  It was dry, there was too much icing, honestly everything about this cupcake just made me sad.

  • Taste: 0/5
  • Alcoholic Impact: 1/5
  • Moistness: 1/5
  • Eat again: 0/5

TOTAL: 9.5/40

 
THIRD PLACE: Tortuga Rum Cake
This was actually given to me by a friend because her mum was trying to get rid of it, so thanks Crystal!  This one in particular was a banana cake (My favourite flavour of cake) infused with rum, and I’d never actually tried it before.
My Review…
It was a lot moister than I was expecting… Which I guess is a result of the rum.  Also, to me it tasted more like pineapple than banana?  Maybe that was because of the rum too?  It wasn’t bad, but it probably wouldn’t be a “go-to” cake for me.  My parents, on the other hand, loved it.

  • Taste: 3/5
  • Alcoholic Impact: 4/5
  • Moistness: 4/5
  • Eat again: 3/5

Sister’s Review…
I, like the Prosecco cupcake, spat this one out as I wasn’t a fan of the taste.  I think that’s mainly because I could definitely taste the alcohol.  It was definitely moist, so I will give it that though…

  • Taste: 1/5
  • Alcoholic Impact: 2/5
  • Moistness: 3/5
  • Eat again: 0/5

TOTAL: 20/40

 
SECOND PLACE: Your Classic Fruitcake
This one was made by our Aunt and given to us, because what is Christmas without a classic fruit cake?  If you don’t know what it is, it’s essentially just a really alcoholic fruity cake/pudding.
My Review…
I will admit, I’m not a fan of fruitcake in general, but from an objective point of view, this was a pretty good one!  It was moist and flavourful and had a very generous helping of alcohol (Which I was obviously a big fan of).  I wouldn’t choose to have a fruitcake, but yeah, as far as fruit cakes goes I would have this one again.

  • Taste: 3/5
  • Alcoholic Impact: 4/5
  • Moistness: 3/5
  • Eat again: 2.5/5

Sister’s Review…
This was actually okay!  I don’t really like fruitcake but it wasn’t as bad as some of the other cakes we tried.  You could most definitely taste the alcohol in this one and it was very moist.  I’d probably eat it again, but again, I don’t like fruit cake so who knows…

  • Taste: 3/5
  • Alcoholic Impact: 3/5
  • Moistness: 3/5
  • Eat again: 3/5

TOTAL: 24.5/40

 
WINNER: Sainsburys Taste the Difference Brandy Mince Pies

Mince pies at Christmas?  Expected.  Mince pies with brandy at Christmas?  A happy surprise… Available here

My Review…
I wouldn’t say I’m a massive mince pie fan, but I do enjoy the odd one or two at Christmas time to stay festive.  However, I had one of these warmed with cream and I could eat these all year round.  The pastry was super buttery, it was flavoured beautifully (not overly sweet) and the brandy just made everything a little bit better! Definitely my favourite out of this bunch – I’d take these over a normal mince pie any day.

  • Taste: 4/5
  • Alcoholic Impact: 4.5/5
  • Flakiness: 5/5
  • Eat again: 5/5

Mia’s Review…
I had the mince pie warmed with cream and honestly it wasn’t that bad.  However, I didn’t really like the aftertaste when the alcohol came into it… I probably would have it again as it wasn’t bad for a mince pie, think I had too much cream though.

  • Taste: 2/5
  • Alcoholic Impact: 3/5
  • Flakiness: 3/5
  • Eat again: 3/5

TOTAL: 29.5/40

 
Overall, this tasting experience was a whirlwind to say the least… I personally am obsessed with those mince pies and am sad that Christmas is over and they’ll soon disappear.  But there you have it, the results of our quest for alcoholic desserts!
Let us know whether you’ve tried any of these before in the comments, and let me know what you think of this series in general!  It’s fun writing with my sister and we’re hoping to do more of these!
Lots of love,
Jas xx
 
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8 Comments

  1. January 15, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Ah, I love this post- it’s so interesting! I’m intrigued yet disappointed with the prosecco cupcakes because I am a massive prosecco fan also.. well done on a great post x

    • January 15, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you! Honestly I was disappointed too as I was hoping that the Prosecco cupcakes would be good…
      Jas xx

  2. January 15, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    This is such a fun idea especially to do with your sister and it’s so cool how you incooporated it into a blog post style from what normally would be a YouTube video. It works so well! X

    • January 16, 2018 / 12:11 am

      Awwww thank you, I’m glad you thought it worked! It was very fun to do with my sister
      Jas xx

  3. January 16, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    I don’t drink but trying things out with your sister seems like such a cute and fun bonding thing to do. Mines 5 so I don’t think I’ll be trying this with her aha, but I’d love to read more of posts like these!

    • January 16, 2018 / 11:32 pm

      Awww thank you! We’re hopefully going to make more posts like this soon!
      Jas xx

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