Bizcochos Borrachos, which are also sometimes known as just Borrachos, are a type of Spanish sponge cake which is then topped with a tasty syrup which contains a liquor, normally brandy or rum, as well as sugar, lemon and cinnamon. This alcohol infused sauce therefore gives these cakes their name as well, as those of you who learn Spanish in Spain or abroad will know, 'borracho' means drunk or drunken in Spanish.
Bizcochos Borrachos are a typical dessert in Spanish gastronomy and is typically found in the provinces of Cuenca, and Guadalajara in Castilla La Mancha as well as in the province of Zamora in Castilla y León. Depending on where you go when you visit Spain, you will find these cakes with or without a light dusting of ground cinnamon.
The type of alcoholic beverage used to make these Spanish sponge cakes 'drunk' also varies from place to place with different types of liquor being used. The most common are rum and brandy or sometimes the famous sherry from Jerez. However in some places these bizcochos are made using sweet white wines or dessert wines which give the cakes a slightly different flavour. Depending on how you like your sponge cakes, you can also let the syrup soak into the cake for an hour or so but this will make the cake heavier but taste delicious.
Bizcochos vary in size and the smallest ones are often presented in little paper cases. These Spanish cakes make a perfect addition to Spanish morning coffees or hot chocolate and go exceptionally well with afternoon tea. Bizcochos Borrachos even work as a light pudding after dinner, especially if made larger in size.
These Spanish drunken sponge cakes have also become an important part of the culture and customs of the regions where they are popular. For example, during the carnivals in Guadalajara, which last an entire week, the first things that happen are the children's parades wearing their carnival masks who then go and enjoy some of the cakes in the city squares and plazas.