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Author Notes: For me, the best edible gift, and maybe a most popular one, is rum cake. Some make it using a cake mix (it is delicious), and some buy it online (i.e. Tortuga Rum cakes). But here is my from scratch rum cake that all my friends ask me to make over and over. I have also sold many. You can make it either in one 12 cup bundt pan (or an angel tube pan), or in two 6 cup bundt pans, or in about 12 mini bundt pans. You can wrap them with a transparent cellophane gift wrapping paper, and tie with a colorful ribbon. The post office has made a lot of money with this cake which I have mailed to various friends within and outside the United States. —Regine
- 2 cups all purpose flour (not cake flour)
- 4 large eggs
- 3 teaspoons baking powder (equivalent to 1 tbsp)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 package (about 3 3/4 oz) Jello vanilla or French Vanilla pudding mix – but I have, by the way, made this cake a few times and with success without the pudding mix because I noticed last minute I did not have any.
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup milk (regular or 2%)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup rum (My favorite is Haitian Barbancourt but is is also good with Appleton or Diplomatico)
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract (equivalent to 1 tbsp)
- Optional - 1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (equivalent to 1 stick, or 4 oz, or 8 tbsp). Use only real butter.
- 1/4 cup water (equivalent to 4 tbsp)
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 325°. Spray (I used a Baking Spray) one12 cup bundt pan, or two 6 cup bundt pans, or twelve mini bundt pans.
- In bowl (stand alone mixer), place all ingredients for cake and start mixing by hand; then continue beating with a stand alone cake mixer until all ingredients are well mixed (maybe 1 to 2 minutes). You may, however, choose to first beat the eggs separately before you dump all ingredients into bowl.
- Pour batter into 12 cup bundt pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick/skewer inserted around the middle comes out clean. If using two 6 cup Bundt pans, it may take about 40 minutes. If using 12 mini Bundt pans, it will take less; off the top of my head maybe 30 minutes or less. Cool for 15 minutes, then poke several holes using a long skewer, and invert cake onto a rack. Wash pan and place pan back on top of the cake by making sure the indented sides of the pan coincide with the cake's. Turn it over and then slowly pour 2/3 of the syrup all over the cake. Leave cake in pan for about 1 hour or until the top is less soggy. Then invert it back on a plate or something that can catch the drippings and slowly pour or brush the rest of the syrup all over the cake (top and sides). I like to put the cake back in the pan and leave it there for 1 more hour. This is my trick to make sure cake is moist all over. Unmold and serve (even better one day after) or wrap as an edible gift. See pictures. Note: If using 2 6 cup Bundt pans, or 12 mini Bundt pans, you will of course need to split the syrup accordingly.
- For the Glaze: Melt butter, sugar, and water in saucepan. Remove from heat and add rum. I like to use microwave instead but be careful because the mixture can easily boil and flow all over the microwave..
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Edible Gift