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An Interview with Leslie of Prohibition Bakery

We are so excited to welcome Prohibition Bakery to Sweetist! Their bite-sized cupcakes pack a boozy punch and come in so many fun flavors that remind us of our favorite cocktails!

 



Today, we sat down with Leslie Feinberg (right), whom, along with Brook Siem, co-owns Prohibition Bakery. Let's learn more about her story!



Please tell us a little bit about how you got started on your cupcake journey!



Well, the short answer is s bartender/baker and chef walk into a bakery…. The long answer requires a few beers to aid in the telling.

Prohibition Bakery is such a fun concept! How did you come up with the idea of making boozy cupcakes?



We wanted to take an idea that had been done six ways from sideways, and find a whole new way to approach it. Plus, it’s New York’s two favorite things!

 



How did you come up with the flavor combinations, and what’s your personal favorite?


The flavor combinations are largely based on classic cocktails, so we treat the cake as the mixer, and then fill and frost with the appropriate booze, add a cute little garnish, and voila!



Tell us a little about your cookbook.


The cookbook is so beautiful, which I can say because I had nothing to do with the actual design besides saying “YES!” It’s 50 boozy cupcake recipes, along with boozy filling recipes (ganache, caramel, jam, etc) and 9 cocktail recipes.

When you are not creating inventive cupcakes, what's the favorite thing you like to bake?


I’m kind of known for my chocolate chip cookies. I bake them a lot, and am always working on new variations. I also bake a lot of breads, and like to experiment with home-baking things you would buy in a store, like cheezits or oreos.

What’s your favorite New York guilty pleasure?


Mr. Softy. Really, any ice cream, but my boyfriend and I always get a Mr. Softy swirl with rainbow and chocolate sprinkles (called A TwoFace) when we’re out walking in spring and summer. If one of us gets on without the other present, we joke that we “cheated.”

What's your favorite restaurant in NYC?


There are so many incredible restaurants in New York, it would be impossible to pick a favorite. That being said, nothing makes me quite as happy as a cold McSorley’s Dark, and order of fries and a burger from Corner Bistro.

Any fun customer stories to share?


Oooooh, so many. There’ve been super awkward Twinder dates, there’s the occasional celebrity spotting, our favorite punk regulars who made us “cupcakes against fascism” patches, and of course there was the adorable old woman who came in with her granddaughter, and upon seeing that we were serving a cupcake called The Basic Bitch (this is last summer) proudly exclaimed, “That’s me! I’m a basic bitch!” Her granddaughter and I just about died laughing.



NYC's Best Valentine's Desserts

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, whether it's the day to celebrate love or a single awareness day to you, delicious desserts are suitable in either of those situations! So let Sweetist help you make the day as sweet as can be with these wonderful desserts from our site!

Declare your love with this "Be Mine" cake from Sugar Sketch Cake Shop. Order Here

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Nothing says I love you quite like making a decadent chocolate cake together. Try this deliciously fun DIY kit from Red Velvet NYC. Order Here

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What could be a better way to tell your friends that you love them than these intense dark chocolate caneles from Canele by Celine. Order Here

The best 4 letters word! Order Here

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And, of course, how could we leave out Valentine's Cupcakes from Billy's Bakery! Order Here

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For those of you who would rather stay in and forget about the world for 24 hours. We highly recommend a pint of this decadent ice-cream made from coconut and 62% Valrhona chocolate from La Newyorkina. Order Here

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or a 4-pint pack of spiked ice-cream from Tipsy Scoop - how good does dark chocolate whiskey salted caramel sound? Order Here

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Sweet Surprises: ChikaLicious Dessert Club

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If you had to choose your last meal on earth, what would it be?

For the folks at ChikaLicious Dessert Club, that meal would start and end with dessert. Since 2003, Chika and Dan Tillman have been serving three course dinners of entirely desserts at their East Village Location.

See Mom? Chocolate is a perfectly acceptable meal!

From the amuse-bouche to the petite fours, ChikaLicious has earned a reputation for exotic, surprising desserts, becoming a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It can be a bit competitive to get a table, but for your daily dose of sweetness, you can try their famous desserts a la carte at the ChikaLicious across the street.

The Dessert Club has three major staples: creme puffs, crepe cakes, and dough’ssants. A master of classic dessert recipes, the bakers at ChikaLicious have created some of the most addictive sweets in Manhattan.

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1. Creme Puffs: Bite-sized perfection. Their crisp, lightly sweet exterior conceals a rich, decadent filling. It’s important to note that they don’t skimp on the cream: there’s so much stuffed inside this tiny puff that you’ll be licking your plate clean. Try all four flavors: vanilla, creme brûlée, Boston creme, and banana. 

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2. Crepe Cakes: A classic French cake made up of layers of paper thin crepes separated by mousse, ChikaLicious’ version is available in vanilla, Nutella (!!!), or green tea. Soft, sweet, and deliciously uncomplicated, these beautiful cakes are one of the dessert bar’s most popular offerings, and it’s easy to see why: they taste even better than they look. Fresh and flaky, with a touch of rich, gooey mousse.

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3. Dough’ssants: Baked, rather than fried, this popular dessert hybrid is lighter than your typical donut. Soft inside and satisfyingly crispy outside, the dough’ssant is the cronut’s worthy rival. They even have seasonal flavors like pumpkin pie (and more to come!). Yes, please.

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We’re proud to list ChikaLicious as one of our bakery partners. Order on Sweetist for fast and easy delivery!

A Taste of Home at Billy’s Bakery

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Over the past few years, Manhattanites have become increasingly obsessed with modernism and minimalism. With its bright lighting, cheerful yellow brick walls, and 1940s style decor, Billy’s Bakery is a refreshing contrast. 

Founded in 2003 by a pair of business school graduates with a sweet tooth, Billy’s has quickly become a staple in the New York bakery scene. They now have three Manhattan bakeries located in Chelsea, Tribeca, and The Plaza Food Hall.

It’s not only the atmosphere that evokes nostalgia. The menu, filled with classics like banana pudding and chocolate cake, is charmingly reminiscent of sweeter, simpler times. The mission of Billy’s Bakery is to bring their customers “back to a time when a bite of something sweet could make the world a little brighter.” If you have a taste for desserts with a homemade taste and beautiful presentation, then Billy’s Bakery deserves a spot on the top of your list.

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Even New Yorkers can’t resist a tried and true family recipe, especially when it comes to sweets. No matter how many times you try the desserts at Billy’s Bakery, they always taste so delicious it’s like you’ve never had them before. 

Take, for example, their Banana Cupcakes. Delightfully moist and tasty, these cupcakes are like a sweeter version of banana bread. Simple, but surprisingly difficult to master, the banana cupcake is a classic American dessert, with the added benefit of being healthier than most cupcakes—although you wouldn’t know it from the taste.

The most impressive thing about the cupcakes at Billy’s Bakery is their cream cheese icing, which is infinitely smooth and melty. Paired with the banana cupcake, made with buttermilk and fresh bananas, the results are absolutely dreamy.

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Aside from cupcakes, the folks at Billy’s Bakery are masters of delicious desserts for bigger occasions. What American birthday party is complete without the perfect cake?

The ideal cake is an elusive thing. A cake in its truest form should be fluffy, yet rich. Sweet, yet flavorful. Perhaps the biggest challenge of finding the perfect cake is choosing something that will please everyone. Billy’s Bakery has found the solution in their Famous Icebox Cake (pictured above), a sumptuous treat with fresh whipped cream (chocolate, peppermint, or vanilla) layered between chocolate wafer cookies—also available in cake cup form. The whipped cream adds a light, creamy texture to the decadent chocolatey taste, achieving the perfect balance of flavor.

Aside from their amazing desserts, the best thing about Billy’s Bakery is their warmth, kindness, and hospitality, an attitude that goes right into everything they bake. Billy’s Bakery is a cozy, friendly establishment, where all the employees are deeply passionate about amazing sweets.

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Sweetist is thrilled to be partnering with Billy’s Bakery to offer their amazing selection of desserts and baked goods for delivery. See the full menu on our website here. Whether you choose their red velvet cupcakes, banana pudding cups, or blueberry cheesecake, there’s really no way of going wrong.