Easy Jamaican Rum Cake Recipe
Whenever I smell the aroma of a baking Jamaican rum cake, I sing “it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas”. This easy Jamaican rum cake recipe is no exception. Rum cake and the yuletide season go hand in hand. It is rich and sweet, and tinged with that hint of Jamaican rum. Caution: Do not eat and drive! Seriously, this is one cake recipe worth mastering. It takes a little planning, but it pays off in the long run. The planning part of this recipe comes into play with the fruit mix. The combination of your desired fruits needs to be gathered well in advance, and set to soak in the alcohol. I used a Anchor Hocking 2.5-Gallon Glass Barrel jar for airtight storage. I also recommend a minimum of 2 months, but many soak their fruits for as long as a year. Believe me when I tell you, this is probably the most important step to take baking this cake.
The RUM in This Rum Cake Recipe
Now that I have lauded the particular joys of this delightful Jamaican rum cake please listen to my words of caution. Ideally this cake recipe is made with Wray & Nephew Over-proof White Rum. This renders the cake entirely NOT appropriate for children, the elderly or anyone else not disposed to alcohol. It is common conjecture that the cooking process burns off the alcohol. This is not exactly accurate. How much alcohol remains depends on the length of time the dish is cooked for as well as the volume and proof of the alcohol used. When baking at low temperatures, this would require 3 hours or more to be completely free of alcohol. Added to these facts is the final step of basting the cake with additional rum. This helps to retain the moistness that we all so dearly love. So you can clearly see that in certain instances this cake may be inappropriate. Sorry Kiddies!
Next Years Jamaican Rum Cake
January 1st of the following year do not forget to buy your fruits and put them to soak. We all know the years are flying by, we are busier than ever and before we know it, it will be Christmastime again. Do not waste the year to come, get a head and start soaking your fruits today!