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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Rum Cake with a Twist of Banana

WARNING!  Do not make this cake if you are on a diet!  One cup of BUTTER and Two cups of SUGAR - and that's just in the CAKE!  Not to mention the glazing!
But with that warning, this is a fabulous cake!  So easy, delicious and even better the next day!
Most recipes for Rum Cake call for a box of cake mix as a base.  I did not have a box of cake mix in my pantry and truly did not wish to make a run to the grocery store.  That would have involved loosing precious "naptime" and if you are a mom of little ones, you know those few hours when all is quiet in the house.  In those precious hours, so much can be accomplished.  A run to the grocery store would have ruined that for me.  So I adapted and searched the internet.  The winning recipe was just as easy!

Golden Rum Cake (with a Twist of Banana)

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk*
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup Creme de Banana OR 1/4 cup of Rum

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup Creme de Banana OR 1/3 cup of Rum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray bundt pan with cooking spray.
Cream together butter and sugar.  Once smooth, add eggs, one at a time mixing well.

In a separate dish, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt together.

Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately with creamed butter and eggs.  Stir in vanilla extract and Rum or Creme de Banana.

***SIDE NOTE***  If you do not have Buttermilk in the fridge, no need to worry.  This works in baking recipes - trust me, I never keep Buttermilk.  Simply pour your milk and add 1 tsp of vinegar.  Let sit for a few moments to "sour".  1 tsp per 1 cup of milk.

Pour batter into bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Make glaze once you pull the cooked cake out of the oven.  Poke tons of holes all throw the top of the cake.  I would suggest using a fork for the majority of the holes but also a cake tester to make some deeper holes.  The more holes, the better the glaze can absorb.

To make Glaze, melt butter and sugar together.  Blend till smooth over medium heat.  Add Rum or Creme de Banana.  Heat thoroughly for 3 minutes.

Pour heated glaze over cake.  Allow to set till cool so glaze can set through the cake.  Even better if can be made the day before.  Enjoy!

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