Bake These 2 Alcohol-Infused Sweet Treats Together for Valentine’s Day

Chuck the chocolate this Valentine’s Day and whip up some desserts with spirit instead! Vodka brands are creating dessert-worthy spirits perfect for baking. Raspberry Blast Boozy Cupcakes and Dutch Caramel Vodka Bites are just a couple of the desserts created by baker Dawn Belisle. Known for her alcohol-infused treats at Delights by Dawn in Atlanta, these two will help make this Valentine’s Day the most delicious day of the year.

According to Dawn, there’s artistry to making desserts with alcohol–you don’t want to add it to just anything. “Crafting recipes with spirits requires knowing what flavors work well with each other while ensuring the alcohol complements the other ingredients,” explains Belisle.

“In a good recipe you will taste the flavor and the alcohol of the spirit used–it will enhance the recipe but the alcohol will not overpower the final flavors. It’s all about using a great tasting spirit like Van Gogh’s flavored vodkas to create that perfect balance for the palate.”

According to Dawn, there’s artistry to making desserts with alcohol–you don’t want to add it to just anything. “Crafting recipes with spirits requires knowing what flavors work well with each other while ensuring the alcohol complements the other ingredients,” explains Belisle.

“In a good recipe you will taste the flavor and the alcohol of the spirit used–it will enhance the recipe but the alcohol will not overpower the final flavors. It’s all about using a great tasting spirit like Van Gogh’s flavored vodkas to create that perfect balance for the palate.”

Dutch Caramel Vodka Bites

Created by Dawn Belisle, Delights by Dawn

  • 1 12-oz. package of vanilla wafers
  • 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
  • 7 oz. Melting Chocolate (dark or milk)

1. Put wafers in a food processor and process until fine. If you don’t have a food processor, put wafers in a sealable gallon food bag and use a rolling pin to crush until fine.

2. Place wafer crumbs in a bowl and add confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup and Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka. Mix until well until combined.

3. Using a small cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll into a 1-inch bite-sized ball.

4. Melt the chocolate and then dip the bites into the chocolate until covered entirely. Place dipped bites on a wax sheet of paper to harden.

5. To decorate, add sprinkles or colored sugar before the chocolate coating hardens. Store the Dutch Caramel Vodka Bites in an airtight container.

6. Bites are best when made ahead of time and stored for 1 to 3 days to allow all the flavors to meld before serving.

Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka Blast Cupcakes

Created by Dawn Belisle, Delights by Dawn

  • 1 Box white cake mix (like Duncan Hines)
  • 1 Box instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs

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For the White Chocolate Raspberry Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
  • 4 oz. white chocolate melted and slightly cooled, but still pouring consistency
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup International Delight White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Creamer
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Coat 1/2 cup of raspberries with sugar and 1 tablespoon of Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka, set aside for about 10 minutes.

2. Combine white cake mix, French vanilla pudding, eggs, vegetable oil, and 1 cup of Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka and the raspberry-sugar-vodka mixture from above.

3. Mix on medium speed for about 1 minute.

4. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18 minutes at 350 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

5. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.

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6. Once cupcakes have cooled and before adding the frosting, put the remaining Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka in a small, shallow bowl and dip the top of the cupcake in the vodka until the top is covered, but not overly saturated. Allow the raspberry vodka to soak in for about five minutes before frosting.

7. For the frosting, melt the white chocolate and let it slightly cool, it should be pouring consistency. Using a hand mixer, or if using a mixer use the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for 1 minute. Scrape the sides down.

8. Put the mixer on low speed and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar. Next, quickly pour in the melted white chocolate and then beat again for 2 minutes on medium speed until creamy.

9. Add coffee creamer and salt. Beat for an additional 1 minute until combined. Frost the cupcakes and decorate as desired.

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