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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
WINNER: Sainsburys Taste the Difference Brandy Mince Pies
Mince pies at Christmas? Expected. Mince pies with brandy at Christmas? A happy surprise… Available here
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.
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.
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,
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Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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