As a Chicago foodie, I love trying new things – especially when they are paired with alcohol or made with alcohol (as I learned from a cooking class this summer). So for New Years this year, I worked with Intoxicakes, a black, women-owned business, to get unique, cocktail inspired cupcakes to ring in 2020.
On New Years Eve, as the chill of Chicago was creeping in, I spent my afternoon in the kitchen, where I met a friendly, Chicago creative and baker.
She was tall, with a beaming smile and a true love of her craft. As I leaned over, I took in the mixer and bottles of alcohol out on her counter like they were sugar or flour. I was glad to meet someone speaking my language.
I put alcohol in the icing. This way it doesn’t get baked out, Kamilah White, the self-taught owner of Intoxicakes shares with me, as she whips up a batch of Hennessy chocolate cupcakes for my New Years Eve party.
White prides herself in creating an unparalleled sophisticated dessert experience with Intoxicakes.
“Our business is exciting because we are transforming the way people enjoy cupcakes and bringing a more elevated and mature flavor profile to a pastry that continues to evolve,”White said.
She made delicious adult cupcakes, adding top shelf brands to create four unique flavors.
There were Margarita cupcakes made with Don Julio, Vanilla Martini cupcakes made with Grey Goose and Champagne made with Prosecco. Then, my favorite, the Hennessy Double Chocolate.
Intoxicakes are inspired by actual cocktails. Intoxicakes is available for catering and delivery for office parties, birthdays, potlucks, and more. They also host private and group cupcake classes.
For more information, visit the Intoxicakes website: https://www.intoxicakeschicago.com/ or follow @intoxicakeschicago on Instagram.
Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.