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Monday, August 8, 2011

Rum Cake

We had our annual ice cream social at church last night. And I mean ice cream social, the old fashioned kind. No electric ice cream makers for this crowd. Crank and add ice and salt. The ones I remember were, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peach and banana. I got this recipe last week from my friend Lillian because I knew she was making it for the social. Everyone loved it. Not a bite left. Plus there were other cakes and cookies. This is a real keeper and freezes beautifully.

Rum Cake
10-12 servings
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2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from lemon grated for zest)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from oranges grated for zest)
1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons dark rum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour and 8 cup-kugelhopf or bundt pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.

Beat the butter in an electric mixer until soft. Add the sugar and beat to mix. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. On low speed, add the sifted dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with buttermilk, scraping bowl as necessary.

Remove from the mixer and stir in the zest and nuts.

Pour into the prepared pan, smooth top, and place in the hot oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until top springs back when pressed lightly.

Remove from the oven and set on a rack.

Immediately prepare the glaze.

Place the juices and sugar in a saucepan over moderate heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat, add the rum, and stir.

Pierce the top of the cake with a cake tester. Spoon the hot glaze over the hot cake (still in the pan), spooning a little at a time. When you notice glaze oozing around the edge of the cake pan, use a metal spatula or knife to ease the edge of the cake away from the pan, allowing the glaze to run down the sides. Continue this until all the glaze is absorbed. It will be absorbed, believe me.

Let the cake stand for 10 to 15 minute, until the bottom of the pan is cool enough to touch. It would take a lot longer. Then cover the cake with a plate, hold the plate tightly in place against the cake pan, and flip over the cake and pan. Remove the cake pan from the cake. Let stand for at least two hours until cool and cover with plastic wrap.

Better if made a day ahead and freezes beautifully.


  1. oh beverly..the cake sounds good...and the old fashion ice cream social... what fun !!!

    love that it was the ice and salt route...

    reminds me of being at my nanny's house at summertime :-)

    kary and l'il teddy

  2. wow this is a lovely cake,, very nice,

  3. This does sound good and so does that homemade peach ice cream.

  4. Sounds sooo good - the buttermilk will make it gorgeous - going to try this for sure :)

  5. I've never been to an ice cream social so thank YOU for taking me! Did you save me some cake????...:)JP

  6. i love this cake. i made small ones last christmas. i still use a crank ice cream maker! it's the only way to go!


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