April 20, 2014

R for Rum Cake!!!

I first ate a fruit cake when I was in college. Our neighbors gave a piece of cake. It tasted different. I liked it. They said someone got it from Canada. And that it had brandy or whisky in it. I giggled. Alcohol? in Cake? Umm...I ate the plum cake available in bakeries many times and always loved it. Somehow, the piece of cake from canada stayed with me all these years.

As I have always frequented with cooking/baking experiments, I wanted to try the Pl(R)um cake. My search for the perfect recipe started. I found many recipes but none to my liking. Rather none sounded like the cake I am looking for. Finally, magic happened. I landed upon Manju's Blog. It had the perfect recipe.

Don't be scared on looking at the length of ingredients and the process. Now that I found the perfect recipe, I needed to get Rum. Unlike California, they don't sell alcohol in any store. I had to go to a beverage depot ( First time in my life have I gone to a liquor store). Got the Rum, soaked the dry fruits, waited patiently for the D-day and then baked it. The entire process to get the stuff ready takes one hour and then baking takes an hour. 

I baked it twice and it came out good both the times. Once was for christmas and the 2nd time was for a school reunion. Friends at work would go Y(R)ummmm!!! The only step that I had difficulty was making the caramel syrup. It was a flop but I managed to do something called syrup and mixed it :)

Okay! Okay! Don't get bored! The cake is coming...It's HERE!!!!!

45 comments:

  1. Hehe, I could imagine all of the alcohol cooked out, but left behind the wonderful flavor!

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    1. Yes Loni...the second time I made it, you could feel the Rum..it was rummyyy!!!! hehe

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  2. You make this cake sound so yummy.

    Dropping by from AtoZ
    Suzy at Someday Somewhere

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  3. Sounds like you had fun baking the cake. :)

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    1. Yes Prathima, I did...the 2nd time I went through a lot of stress baking it as the cake slumped down...but it turned out good..

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  4. Latha ,rum cake is actually very delicious. I make it for Christmas and Easter. Every one in the family love it.

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    1. True Usha ji..that's one thing that reminds me of Christmas. :)

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  5. Wow, rum with cake. A wonderful combination. You should have posted some pics too :)

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    1. I have them in a different hard disk, Prasanna..will do them tonight...as I was running late, I clicked the Push button and logged off :)

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  6. Me too... like but yet to taste your cake, Latha:)

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    1. Rahul sir, on your next US trip, pakka!!!

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  7. wow that manjus blog is like heaven and I need to check this rum cake once
    I had it long back on a christmas day

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    1. allot one day for shopping the ingredients, Afshan. Then bake it the other weekend.. :)

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  8. Sounds really good! I have heard of cakes that are baked with alcohol but have never actually baked one or tried one myself. ♥

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    1. If you are interested, you should follow that recipe Kathy. She has given very detailed instructions and you can email her as well if you have any questions. This one was heavenly :)

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  9. This beautiful post is truly Rum Cake and m craving for it, right now:)

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    1. Hahah...don't know if they will sell it around Easter time...you should try

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  10. I really want to try cake sometime soon and hope it turns out good!! Fingers crossed ;)

    Swathi A-Z Participant

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    1. Just cake or Rum cake...I know it is a pain if your cake flops, but start with a positive heart, it will come out good :)

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  11. Whoa... i am so hungry and you started with the rum and cake... awesome combo.... where is the cake... lemme try it :P

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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    1. You all make me want to bake it again...I promised I won't until next year :)

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  12. F in F,

    When do I get to Relish the one baked by you?

    Take care

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    1. Awww Uncle Jack, I would have parceled you if I was in India :)

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  13. Ok maa...now let me know what you did with the left out RUM?;)Ha ha ha....just kidding:):)

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    1. Hahah...good question akka....saved it for baking again...ekkuva migalledu akka...oka bottle 3 times ki vastadi anthe....bane karchu akka ee cake emo kani
      cheta chetaga samanu konna.. :P

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  14. Like you, I too remember a plum cake I ate at the home of a friend when I visited her for Christmas. That one time her cake was the best I ever ate. She was never able to get the exact taste again herself. My mouth is watering as I think of it. Ummmm...!

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    1. I can relate...sometimes some tastes, don't know why but linger on with us for a lifetime. Even if it is the same person that cooks and the same recipe, it differs each time.

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  15. I made a fruit cake in which I used dry fruits soaked in orange juice & it turned out yumm !

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    1. Actually Vasudha, next time I was planning on doing the same thing....my son loved the rum cake and he says, amma you should bake this often...gosh!! I can't feed him alcohol at that age :)

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  16. Christmas or Easter always calls for rum cake ...I sometimes make rum balls where I crave for that taste! :)

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    1. Rum balls?? really? what are they made of?

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  17. CAKE and how come I have not had it ... and did you save any RUM now that could come handy .. would it not he he he he :)

    hellooooooooooooooooooo


    Bikram

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    1. Woww....look who is here? Bikram Bhai, you were in India then...I made it for a school reunion and friends loved it....ab aapke US trip mein, pakka!

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    2. I will hold you to that :) and make sure you keep the RUM bottle lalso hidden :) after using it a bit he he he he

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  18. I make two types of rum cake -- one is my husband's favorite and an old family recipe. The other one is called 100 PROOF. It is incredible with 8 layers of whipped cream. Now, this post makes me want to make it again!

    Carol @ Battered Hope

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  19. I've had rum cake once. It's a taste you don't forget! Same with rum balls. I think rum in anything is delish!!!

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  20. ...am going to try your version soon:) Thanks a lot:)

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  21. Thanks a lot for trying out my recipe and for giving such a great feedback on it :-)

    Regards,
    Manju

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    1. The entire credit goes to your hard work :) I just shared my experience on it.

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  22. I can eat loads of plum cake... but can't bake even to save my life :D

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