Rum Cake

{ Tuesday, July 13, 2010 }
Finally, another chance to use my bundt pan. I was first exposed to rum cake when Becca and I went to Nassau for Spring Break. There wasn't a lot to do during the day besides tan, but there was this little rum cake store selling mad amounts of cake to hapless tourists. And it was so good. They had samples, so we visited multiple times to try the different flavours. This is my attempt at recreating that treat. This recipe uses cake mix and pudding mix, which means it is super simple, but I guess not technically from scratch. Oh well. If you are worried about preservatives (cake isn't healthy either way!) you could use some organic all-natural mixes...but I used Duncan Hines and Jello. And Barcadi.

Rum Cake (serves 8-10)

Adapted from Veganomics

For The Cake:

1 box of yellow cake mix
1 box of vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup light rum
1 cup silken or soft tofu
1/2 cup finely-chopped nuts (optional)

For The Glaze:

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup dark rum

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and sprinkle nuts in the pan. Place tofu in a food processor and blend while you prepare other ingredients (just leave the processor processing).

In a large bowl, mix cake mix and pudding mix. Add oil, water, and rum and stir until just combined. By now the tofu should be very smooth and liquidy. Add tofu to batter and stir until combined, but don't overmix.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes.

When the cake is done and out of the oven, prepare the glaze. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the margarine. Add the sugar, water, and rum. Cook, constantly stirring, until mixture reaches a syrupy consistency.

Poke holes all over the cake with a toothpick and pour the glaze over it. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, or until all the glaze is soaked up. Turn onto a pretty platter and enjoy with a Bahama Mama in the bright sunshine.


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