Sometimes I want to end up with a guy that loves dessert. That way, we can just eat tons of sweets and pack on the pounds together. Other times I hope for a partner that isn’t really into that whole dessert thing. That way, I can just eat all the goodies myself. However, considering my love life right now is about as exciting as an episode of The 700 Club, I don’t really have to worry about that yet. Luckily for me that means that I can do whatever I want to with sweets in my home, a point that was driven home when a package from Full Spirited Flavours arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago.
Run by three sisters committed to making fun, liqueur-infused cakes meant to be shared among friends and fellow dessert lovers, the junior cakes I tried were the best way to sample all of their offerings without gaining ten pounds because if there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s that if there are sweets around, I’m going to eat them all. Showing up on my doorstep a little worse for the wear due to the humidity and ninety degree weather May graced us with, I quickly hurried these babies into my air conditioned home to cool off a bit. The only thing left to do now that I had them in hand was to decide in which order I would be eating them.
As I am one who tends to horde the chocolate cake when others go after vanilla, I began with the Prosperity Chocolate Razz, and I graciously offered bites up to my sister and her boyfriend. This chocolate cake made with raspberry liqueur and topped with white chocolate was surprisingly the least interesting of the four I tasted. The raspberry was there, but seemed drowned out by all the chocolate. The other cake in the ‘so-so’ category was the Prosperity Mango Coconut Rum, the mellowest of all the options. The mango was a touch too subtle and the coconut didn’t really shine. Even I, one who believes coconuts are the food of the Devil and soccer moms who love Pina Coladas, could take a few bites of this cake. It certainly wasn’t bad, but lacked the pizzazz for which I was hoping.
Although I never thought I’d say this, I actually preferred the other cakes to the first chocolaty option. My favorite was easily the super moist Prosperity Amaretto, which highlighted a powerful almond flavor made better by the rich chocolate chips that contrasted the nutty flavor. It was the most intense of all the cakes, but not sickeningly so. I liked it so much that I didn’t bother to share it with anyone else. For a more subtle, less sweet option, the Prosperity Limoncello was another choice that I enjoyed. Delicate without the sourness of a real lemon, this cake showcased the liqueur it was infused with best. By the time we had all tried it, there wasn’t much left, but I think this one would be best appreciated with a strong cup of black tea as a late morning snack. Or, if you like something a little stronger, a chilled shot of limoncello would accompany it nicely. Though not outstanding enough to beat the Amaretto in my book, it was my sister’s favorite, and one the whole family enjoyed.
If you’re not really a cake person, Full Spirited Flavours probably won’t change your mind, but if you do like cake or enjoy sweets in general, this company has something to offer you. They encapsulate the idea of the understated yet elegant dessert, and while they weren’t all ones that I would fight someone over, there were some real gems in the pack. More than that, the cakes were diverse enough to appeal to a wide range of eaters. Though the chocolate cake left me wanting more, I could imagine someone else loving it. With distinct options that showcase the effort that goes into each cake, I think this family company has a bright future ahead of it. I, for one, can’t wait to see what flavors they come up with next.
These cakes were kindly provided to me by the company mentioned above; all opinions are my own.