Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cupcakes and Cocktails at the BCAE

          A couple weekends ago, Blog and Tweet Boston headed to the BCAE for an amazing cooking class: Cupcakes and Cocktails taught by instructor Dustin Rennells. Here's the BCAE's class description:

          What’s better than drinking a delightful cocktail? Eating one! In this course, set up like a cocktail party, we’ll all take a hand in preparing such treats as: Cosmo cupcakes, brandied peach, tiramisu cupcake, sangria cupcake, strawberry daiquiri, pina colada, Jell-O Shot cupcake, etc (flavors alternate depending on the season). But first we’ll start with cupcake flavored and shaped shooters, followed by two cocktails corresponding to our seasonal liquor-laced cakes to keep up the mood. Bring a friend and get ready to get your hands dirty and your palettes sweetened!

           It was such a fun evening, and Dustin was an amazing instructor. He kept us entertained and some how made sure we were all following his instructions correctly!

          We started off with a Cake Frosting Shot.  This was a delicious blend of vanilla vodka, amaretto, and pineapple juice topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. 

          Next were the cupcakes - Dustin had us split up into groups, and somehow all three cupcakes and pairings came together perfectly! 

  1. Spring Break cupcakes with strawberries and jello, paired with a second (or third) frosting shot.
  2.  Brandied Peach Cupcakes with Tangy Brown Sugar Frosting, paired with an Apple Cider Hot Toddy. 
  3. Sangria Cupcakes with Red Wine Frosting, Dark Chocolate, and Fruit Compote Topping, paired with a Spicy Winter Sangria infused with cloves and cinnamon sticks, and fresh fruit 
          The best part was we all got a sampler plate of cupcakes to take home. My favorite ended up being the Chocolate Sangria cupcake!

          If you want to check out the class, the next session of Cupcakes and Cocktails is March 28, 2014 from 6pm-9pm. The BCAE is located at 122 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116 and is a short walk from the T.

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