Funkify your kitchen with these delicious desserts.
Catrin Owen, founder and owner of London bakery Cat Food Cakes, is a huge Prince fan. In 2014, she had to miss a series of free shows the Purple One performed in London, and as consolation she hosted an extra-funky bake sale. “I baked some Prince-themed cakes and hoped he would come sing for me in person,” Owen tells Mental Floss.
While Prince never showed up, the event sowed the seeds for additional themed events and eventually led to Owen writing Little Red Velvette, a Prince-themed cookbook, in collaboration with indie publisher Belly Kids. It features 20 dessert recipes inspired by the musician’s hit songs, including concoctions like "Purple Rain ombre cakes," "Raspberry Beret tarts," and "Darling Stikki toffee puddings." (“Some recipes are vegan, which I think Prince would have appreciated,” Owen says.)
Little Red Velvette is available for pre-order from Belly Kids, with an official release date of April 17, 2018. Here’s a preview of what Owen has in store for Prince-loving chefs. (Word to the wise: The recipes use the metric system, so American bakers will need to convert all measurements accordingly.)
1. LITTLE RED VELVETTE CUPCAKES
Vegan red velvet cupcakes, inspired by Prince's 1983 single "Little Red Corvette."
2. PRETZEL BROWNIE LOGIC
Vegan, tofu-based brownies, named after Prince's "Pretzelbodylogic" from the 2014 album Plectrumelectrum.
3. BREAKFAST CAN WAIT CAKE
Cereal-garnished breakfast cake, in homage to Prince's 2013 single "Breakfast Can Wait."
4. COOKIES AND CREAM CAKE
Oreo cookie cake named after "Cream," a song from the Prince album Diamonds and Pearls (1991).
5. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SWIRL IN THE WORLD CUPCAKES
Vanilla cupcakes with swirl icing, in tribute to Prince's 1995 single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World."