Cake and rum. For some, this is a match made in heaven. For me, while I certainly like the two as separate entities, I wasn’t sure how I would like them as a “unit.” However, one day at work this past week I started fantasizing about Cuban food. While a Cuban restaurant has opened up in Pittsburgh, The Black Bean, it’s an informal chain style eatery so not exactly the most authentic or deluxe of experiences. While I contemplated about making Cuban food-Cuban sandwiches and vaca frita (literally translated to “fried cow”) were at the top of the list, I ultimately went with chicken tikka masala from India (yes I know, two entirely different cooking wave lengths). However, I was intrigued by Cuban Rum Cake and decided on making it for dessert especially since desserts are not too commonly associated with Indian cooking.
The recipe I found was from the website food.com although there are dozens available on the Internet. The recipe I used had the prep time as one hour but it was definitely not as long as that. As for rum, I used only the best-Nicaragua’s Flor de Caña.
Cuban Rum Cake-Cake de Ron
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
salt, a pinch
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
1/2 cup dark rum
1/4 cup banana liqueur
1 cup heavy whipping cream
5 ounces butter
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup banana liqueur
3/4 cup sugar
powdered sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Make the cake: sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
3. With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar; add vanilla and eggs; beat until blended.
4. Beat in the lemon peel and then add in the rum and banana liqueur.
5. Gradually add the flour, alternating with the cream.
6. Blend mixture until just combined.
7. Pour batter into a well-greased and floured bundt pan; bake approximately 1 hour or until cake tests done.
8. Make the syrup: melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan.
9. Add rum, banana liqueur, and sugar.
10. Slowly bring to a rolling boil; decrease heat to medium and cook it until it reduces somewhat, 10-15 minute; do not overcook.
11. Let cool.
12. Remove cake from oven and place it on cooling rack.
13. Use a skewer and poke holes all over the cake; spoon the syrup evenly over the cake.
14. Let stand for 30 minutes, so that the syrup soaks through.
15. Finally, carefully turn the cake onto a serving plate; dust with powdered sugar.
Julie is a travel and food blogger who lives in Pittsburgh. Travel is her greatest love but when she’s not traveling the world, she’s either testing out a new recipe in the kitchen or playing the part of foodie in Pittsburgh. She also recently published her first novel, The Tears of Yesteryear, a work of historical fiction set in Pittsburgh at the turn of the last century.
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