Where To Buy: Alcohol-Infused Desserts That Are Perfect For Both Merienda And Happy Hour
I'm not too big on alcohol but I admit: these days, I need a drink. Thankfully, I don't have to reach into my liquor cabinet just yet. These lovely desserts from Manila bakers and creators are the perfect substitute (or companion) for an afternoon drink. Check them out below!
The Drunk Baker
The Drunk Baker's strawberry rum cream cheesecake is a delicious melange of flavours and textures. A layer of strawberry halves are placed atop a bed of rum-soaked cream cheese; the fruity, tart flavours of the berries complement the mellow sweetness of the cream perfectly. Meanwhile, the cake, moist and flavourful, provides a wonderful base that's reminiscent of lazy Sunday afternoon teatime.
Those looking to enjoy an alcohol-free cake will also be able to customise their icing to be plain cream cheese (without the rum!).
Maricar's Chocolate Cakes
You may have seen Maricar's chocolate cakes before—their iconic gold tin boxes are a pioneer of the tin cake craze. The cake itself is insanely rich, with all the sophisticated flavours of red wine and dark chocolate. Its moist base is famous around the Metro—topped with a thick chocolate icing swirl.
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Flour Pot Manila
I love mangoes—as our national fruit, I believe it's only right that we infuse it into more desserts. Luckily, Flour Pot Manila seems to agree. Meet their Mango Paradise cake, which features layers of vanilla sponge cake upon layers of cashew meringue torte. Brushed with mango rum soak, each layer is bursting with tropical sweetness (or maybe that's the buttercream?). Herbs, fruits, and custard crown this mango masterpiece—all of which are sourced locally and sustainably.
My Cookie Lab
My Cookie Lab has some pretty adult takes on childhood favourites. While crinkles were a great treat during recess, this bakery's recipes seem better fit as happy hour desserts. Their intriguing flavours include Bailey's crinkles, Tequila Rose crinkles, and Kahlúa crinkles—all of which are as sweet as they are sinful.
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This is no ordinary red velvet cupcake—it's spiked. Introducing Cake Shots, a delicious bakery that provides their customers with sweet treats, that come with an edge. These Bailey's red velvet cupcakes are just the tip of the iceberg; they also offer Tiramisu that's baked with Kahlúa and Bacardi rum, raisin cupcakes with Bacardi Gold, and chocolate cupcakes with Black Label.
Brownies have always been a little indulgent but Brownie Bar goes all out with their liquor-infused recipes. Their creations are a marriage of intense chocolate flavours and hints of liquor that give it a distinct taste. They're known to use Don Papa rum, Black Label whiskey, and Cerveza Negra (just to name a few) as a secret ingredient so you know these are bound to be addictive.
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We scream for ice cream, as long as it's tipsy. Tipsy Cream offers a wide variety of cold, sweet treats, incorporating everything from mojito mixtures to brandy bases. Refreshing to a fault, customers can choose from fun flavours both ice creams and sorbets such as bourbon custard with bacon bits, pistachio whiskey, sangria sorbet, and calamansi mojito.