The Big guns… Rum Cake… Or is it Wine cake??

The last ten days of December 2014 have been absolutely crazy. I gave you guys a glimpse of my dessert craziness in the post: Holiday season… Dessert overflow!

Today, I really wanted to talk about one of my best bakes of the season. My Christmas cake – The mammoth task of baking a Rum Cake! A little secret, I don’t like the smell of rum, So we substituted rum with red wine… and the cake to me tasted amazing, and if I could be a little self praising, even better! Β πŸ™‚

Christmas is not a big thing in our family. But it always gives us enough reason to pamper our sweet tooth.Β The prep for this cake started early in the morning, mainly because I only thought of baking it at midnight on the 24th. And we had no wine at home to prep the dry fruits ( I am pretty sure we were the first customers of the neighborhood wine shop on the 25th!)

So the task started with collecting all the different kind of dry fruits we had at home, and cutting them into bite size pieces. I must admit, I’ve never seen dry fruits look so colorful!

Colors!

Colors!

And then came the part where we needed to be patient. Soaking these dry fruits in wine. This was ideally supposed to happen over night. But well… we just assumed over night = 6-8 hours and dealt with it πŸ˜€

Once the dry fruits were fully soaked… (I have to be honest they smelled divine, but super potent!) I started the process of making the batter. I followed the recipe as per this website: Kerala Plum Cake. I fiddled a bit with sugar quantity as most of the blog recipes have way more sugar quantity mentioned than I can tolerate. Rest all, the instructions were pretty much followed to the T

Here is what the batter looked like, ready to get into the over:

Ready to get into the Oven!

Ready to get into the Oven!

I was very tempted to lick the batter bowl… but I am really scared of raw egg… so refrained.

Another 40 minutes, and staring at the oven every 5mins to see the cake… I finally took this beauty out:

Rum Cake!

The Cake!

A lot of recipes ask you to pour in the left over Wine/Rum from the soaking process onto the baked cake and resting it for half an hour. But we skipped that, and I am glad we did, as the cake was pretty moist in itself.

Moist

Moist

This has to be one of my best bakes! I absolutely loved baking it, and eating it too. I am never buying a plum/rum cake from the store again!

You can find the recipe here:Β Kerala Plum Cake

So Justine, This is also my entry for the Tea Time #3! πŸ˜€ A little boozy and delicious cake to brighten up the tea time!! Hope everyone enjoys it!! (Pulling out the big guns for my first entry to impress the crowd πŸ˜‰ )

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6 thoughts on “The Big guns… Rum Cake… Or is it Wine cake??

  1. Hah wow the guns are out big style lol! Firstly welcome to Tea Time I hope everyone has said hello and you have a cuppa hot and steamy or one of andys tipples.

    Wow that cake looks good. Not being a fruit cake person I am oddly tempted by this one and with wine sounds delicious Mmm yum πŸ™‚ I don’t think this cake will hang around long knowing the other tea goers hehe

    Thank you for joining Tea Time this is a super duper offering.

    Ps I took my decorations down on Sunday is there some sort of penalty for removing them esrly? Xxx

  2. Thank you so much Justine! Even I am not a big fan of fruit cakes as they end up being too sweet, But as I was making this one myself, I could control the sugar content πŸ™‚
    Will be making rounds to other’s tea time offerings today. Thanks again for organizing this!
    As per the decorations, I think till the festive mood is on, no one cares πŸ˜€

  3. Wow, that photo of the dried fruits really does look amazing – so colourful. I too, am not a fan of fruit cake, but this looks yummy. MY mum makes a Christmas cake and bunch of plum puddings each year. I don’t like either of them, so she makes me something different – this year it was my favourite chocolate slice, yummy. Welcome to tea time πŸ™‚

  4. Pingback: Tea Time #4 – come and join me | Eclectic odds n sods

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