You can have your cake and drink it, too.
OK, maybe you can’t drink the cake, but the cake has beer in it. And beer is awesome.
A New Albany home-based bakery called Eight Cakes A Week (and now The Beatles are dancing along with that cake and the beer in your head) is combining two of the greatest things known to mankind: beer and cake.
It’s no wonder sisters Lindsay and Olivia Timperman turned to beer as a featured ingredient in several of their products, since their stepfather happens to be the owner of Elevator Brewery and restaurant.
The pair got their start baking professionally with a few treats for the Elevator restaurant, utilizing the downtown brewery’s beer as an ingredient, including a Hefeweizen cake, which you can find seasonally at the restaurant. Each cake contains a 12 oz. bottle of the beer.
“The cake is baked with beer and then soaked with beer, so you can actually taste the beer,” said Lindsay. “It features the flavor of the Hefeweizen, and there’s nothing better with Hefeweizen, I think, than a slice of orange, so we do this really great orange zested cream cheese frosting and it is just the perfect combination.”
They’ve also used spent grain from Elevator to create cookies and granola bars.
“[Elevator’s owner] Dick [Stevens] is really big into reusing ingredients like spent grain that may just be thrown away, but are really great ingredients,” Olivia said.
Not all – or even most – of Eight Cakes a Week’s offerings are beer-based, though. Almost three dozen cake varieties are offered on their standard menu, with unique flavor combinations ranging from pineapple-banana-walnut (“Hummingbird Cake”) to Brown Butter Blackberry with brown sugar and vanilla Bavarian cream.
Their most popular cake is the decadent Chocolate Fix (dark chocolate cake with chocolate chips, chocolate cheesecake, white chocolate ganache, dark chocolate ganache buttercream icing). They’re also willing to experiment with requested custom cakes; they created a mint julep cake for a derby party in May.
Eight Cakes a Week offerings are occasionally offered at the Elevator restaurant and the nearby Elevator brewery taproom, and can be ordered online at www.eightcakesaweek.com, with free delivery in the Columbus area.