Food Festivals

Will Booze-Filled Cupcakes Win This Year's Cupcake Battle?

Cupcakes with booze are a sure-fire means to get your alcohol and sugar fix in one shot.

Minicupcakes are the specialty from Erica Catalano, a lawyer who bakes for a hobby. Booze-inspired cupcakes are among the dozens sold via Cupcakes by Erica, an online bakery Catalano started last year.

"This is my creative outlet," said Catalano. Her grandmother wrote an Italian cookbook and her had been in the restaurant business in New York. "I grew up loving food and dabbling in the kitchen," she said.

A competitor at the New Times cupcake battle during Las Olas Wine and Food Festival, we're hoping she'll serve the girly choice of pink Champagne with strawberry frosting; the retro rum and Cherry Coke; or a petite bite of beer with the Guinness-infused truffle cakes.

Catalano's concoctions fuel all sorts of addictions. If booze isn't a

craving, there's bacon in the mini-breakfast bite of maple blueberry

with bacon cream cheese frosting. Caffeine addicts might prefer

chocolate coffee minicake with frosting flavored as tiramisu.

The 17th-annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

is slated for Friday, April 20, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with 70

participating restaurants and 45 tables of beer, wine, and liquor to

help you get your drink on. Proceeds from the $100 ticket price are

donated to the American Lung Association.

New Times will also be among this year's participants by hosting

the cupcake battle at the fest, featuring a handful of bakeries

competing for best tasting, best decorated, and the fan favorite of the


If you're a bakery interested in participating or know a

baker you'd like to join the fray, email us at

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