• Enrique Balestrini

Drunk's Denial: Cakes for grown-ups.

Always on the lookout for special things, I went to try Drunk's Denial and their liquor-infused delicacies. Here's the story.

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Drunk's Denial shop at Paseo Herencia Mall

Drunk's Denial is Located at Paseo Herencia Mall and it's all about indulgence and creativity. Created by Tessa Pietersz, her forever love for baking and joie de vivre led her to put her baker hat on during quarantine to mix and match baked goods with iconic liquours.


According to bakingbusiness.com.au, adding alcohol to baked goods, whether it’s beer to bread or champagne to a cake can give the finished product a more complex finish with the flavors of fermentation, while liquors can produce herbal, smoky, and floral flavors and aromas. When it comes to baking, sweet whites and sparkling wines can be used to substitute some of the liquids in cake recipes for a bolder, more intense flavor, or for saturating finished cakes, like a rum-soaked pound cake. Nothing new, this has been part of baking for centuries in cuisines and cultures all over the world, which is why is appreciated by everyone.

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The Experience:


The best way to start a dessert time to me is with a glass of sparkling wine but you can also have coffee! Drunk's Denial has a variety of specialty coffees to choose from. Whiskey, Rum, or Brandy in coffee sounds fantastic too. Sit and enjoy, it's a great place to go people-watching without being on the side of the road.

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Tasting.


Chocolate and Red Wine Cake.

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Chocolate and Red Wine cake.

This one was one of my favorites. You can feel the tartness from the wine. The topping is red wine mousse.


Pistaccio and Rum bundt cake.

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Pistachio and Rum

This one with chopped salted pistachios on top is *chef's kiss*


Whiskey and Pecan Cake bundt cake.

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Whiskey and Pecan Cake.

Strong but not overwhelming, The sweetness of the icing also infused with whisky helps to balance everything out.


Almond and Amaretto cake.

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Almond and Amaretto Cake.

1st place to me. Buttercream, lemon zest, almonds, and Amaretto makes this the perfect combination of flavors. Very Italian-inspired, something that I love.


Coffee liqueur and chocolate cake.

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Coffee liqueur and chocolate cake.

What more can I say about a coffee-chocolate combination? the greatest thing there is. The creamy coffee mousse and chocolate shavings create a rustic-elegant look.


Wait, there's more.


Drunk's Denial is not just a cake shop, the liquor-infused products range beyond that. They make other things that I have yet to taste like crepes and waffles. There's a selection of alcohol infusions and toppings to build-your-own decadent mix. That also applies to cakes, you can start with a plain cake, infuse it, and top it with products like brandy apricot, elderflower gin lychee, whiskey pear, limoncello lemons... everything home-made.


They are exploring savory things and currently are offering these Tequila pickled cucumbers.


If you fall in love with one of these cakes and want to have it for your birthday or gift it to someone special, you can pre-order them, they will come wrapped like this one:


The holidays season is coming and I think these would make the most elegant gift or thing to bring to a holiday party. Also, not a bad idea to go there for a date or birthday!

 

In conclusion, Drunk's Denial is not here to tell you they have reinvented the wheel but certainly they are offering us a new and elevated experience. Make sure next time you are walking around the hotel area you make a stop to try something new and interesting.

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Drunk's Denial Aruba Enrique Balestrini The FoodE Life

Drunk's Denial Aruba Enrique Balestrini The FoodE Life

Make sure you follow to be made aware of promotions and specials. Currently, they have "buy 3 mini cakes and get 4". Prices start at $11.


Drunk's Denial Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/DrunksDenial


Drunk's Denial Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/drunksdenial/


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