Sunday sweets – rum soaked vanilla cake

Posted on: March 14th, 2010 by admin 3 Comments

There is a lot of ambition for Sundays, getting everything done before the week starts again, but more often than not, we just don’t feel like doing anything.  Maybe that’s just us, but today while wondering what to bake- a perfectly timed call from NYCase came through and she was calling to give me a great recipe!!  What better to make on a lazy rainy Sunday than a boozy cake?

Rum soaked vanilla loaf

  • 100 g (7 Tbsp) butter
  • 1 1/4  c flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dark rum

for the syrup:

  • 1/3 c water
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c dark rum

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Melt the butter, then set it aside and let it cool.  In a bowl whisk together the flour baking powder and salt.  Place the sugar into another large bowl, add eggs one at a time whisking after each one, then whisk in the vanilla and then the cream then the rum.  Using a spatula blend in a third of the flour mixture stirring till just blended.  Repeat until all the flour is used.  Batter should be thick and smooth, then fold in half the butter, then fold in the rest.  Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 30 minutes and then check the colour of the cake, if it’s browning too quickly put a sheet of tin-foil over the top, then bake for another 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Make the syrup as soon as the cakes go in the oven- that way the syrup will be ready when the cake is done.  Dissolve the sugar and water over medium heat, after the sugar dissolves bring the mixture to a medium boil, a full boil will burn the sugar.  Remove the pan from the heat- let it cool a minute or two and then stir in the rum- let cool.  Flip out the cake after 5 minutes.  Then poke some holes in the top and brush on the syrup.

From the book: All cakes considered, Mellisa Gray (An adaptation from Dorie Greenspan)

Thanks NYCase!

Song for this recipe: ‘Rum tum tum’, Oliver! Oliver! - 1994 London Palladium Cast - Oliver! (1994 London Palladium Cast Recording) - Rum Tum Tum

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3 Responses

  1. Tim says:

    Been hanging out for this… last summer we went hiking in the Pecos Wilderness (north-east of Santa Fe), stopped at a little Sunday farmers market. Bought a small plain Jane “rum cake” swaddled in glad wrap. later that afternoon, when we broke out the thermos for tea and cake – what a heavenly treat for weary wanders. We’ll make our own to take next time – or whip one up for an afternoon tea at home.

  2. admin says:

    It WOULD be good for after a hike, so satisfying and the rum’ll give you a little kick to get going again (or take a nap!) xo

  3. Yum! This looks delicious! I love vanilla cake, and adding rum to it is a great idea!

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