If like me, you find yourself growing a little bored with all the usual cupcake bakeries these days (no more red velvet!), you might like to know I’ve stumbled on a sweet-smelling cure to cupcake fatigue and surviving an action-packed day in New York City…
It’s called The Prohibition Bakery and you’ll find it tucked away under a tattoo parlour in a cosy basement shop on the Lower East Side. This urban food gem speakeasy bakery is the creation of two hard-working New Yorkers, Brooke Siem and Leslie Feinberg, whom we might call proud members of the ‘it’s OK to drink before midday’ club.
Brooke is a classically trained chef and Leslie a lifelong baker and long-time bartender. Together they whip up small batches of miniature life-saving cupcakes in flavours such as Snowball, Old Fashioned, White Russian, Pretzels & Beer, Penicillin and Mulled Wine. You can look at the menu here.
They bake most of their cakes to order, but the shop’s aways stocked with a few flavours for those in need of a spontaneous sweet hit. Here’s the best part: each cake is infused with a healthy dose of everyone’s favourite alcoholic beverages – they won’t actually sell you a cake if you’re not carrying your (over 21) ID.
The shopfront’s so teeny tiny you could easily walk past it if it wasn’t for their genius Prohibition Bakery chalkboard – which the girls say is like a Twitter feed for sidewalks, their amusing comments posted daily on Instagram and Facebook together with drool worthy pictures of their cakes.
You’ll find the Prohibition Bakery at 9 Clinton Street, New York.
Meet the girls from the Prohibition Bakery with Edible Manhattan.