This month’s #BundtBakers theme was a challenge for me, the theme was alcohol. I’m not a drinker so was a bit stumped as what to make. At first I thought maybe Amaretto as I’ve got some left from a Christmas cake I made a year or so back. I love using liqueurs in my baking and I’m getting quite a collection. I added another addition to my spirited collection, rum!
My Christmas Pudding this year is going to rum based as is my homemade mincemeat, both recipes will follow. Whilst browsing through this very seasonally appropriate book Gingerbread – Jennifer Lindner McGlinn I came across a recipe for Gingerbread Rum Cake and there we have it, this cake. Sorry Amaretto, you’ll have to wait a little longer to be used, or revisit this Amaretto& Cherry Quickbread.
This cake isn’t the deep, dark, gingerbread cake I was expecting, this is a lightly scented ginger cake, infused with rum and studded with crystalized ginger and ginger dark chocolate. A tight knit crumb makes the perfect base for a decadent drenching. Once baked, the cake get’s soused in a sticky rum based syrup. Sugar, butter and rum get mixed together then brushed onto the cake, adding more as soon as the previous layer has been absorbed.
The outside of this cake glistens like snowflakes once the syrup has dried, it’s crisp and deeply flavoured, delicious! The crumb is similar to a yellow cake, creamy with vanilla base, then a hint of rum, ginger, and nutmeg. It’s a unique gingerbread and one that should be tried. I added ginger flavoured dark chocolate chopped into chunks, these simply melt in your mouth.
I baked this cake in one of my favourite bundt tins, the NordicWare Fleur De Lis. It will serve around 12 people so would be excellent for the upcoming holidays. If you love ginger but maybe not its strong flavour it can produce, then this cake would fall into the perfect flavour spectrum.
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Yields – One Bundt Cake
- 360 grams (3 cups) Plain flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
- 1 tablespoons Ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Freshly grated nutmeg
- 225 grams (2 sticks) Unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 400 grams (2 cups) Caster sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure vanilla extract
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) Milk
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) Dark rum
- 55 grams (1/4 cup) Crystalized ginger, roughly chopped
- 85 grams (3 ounces) Ginger Dark Chocolate
- 55 grams (1/2 stick) Unsalted butter
- 1oo grams (1/2 cup) Caster sugar
- 6 tablespoons Dark rum
- Pre-heat the oven to 175C (350F) and spray a 10 inch bundt tin with non-stick cake spray, set aside.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger and nutmeg, set aside. Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for two minutes, then add the sugar gradually, once all the sugar has been added continue to mix until smooth, fluffy and creamy. Scrape down your bowl with a spatula.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition then scrape down your bowl again. In a small bowl combine the vanilla extract, milk and rum. Starting and ending with the flour mixture add 1/3 alternatively with the milk mixing until just combined. Continue to do this until both have full incorporated. Add the crystalized ginger and the chocolate.
- Spoon into your cake tin, smooth over the surface and bake for 1 hr-10 mins – 1 hr -20 mins or until a cake tester inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Leave in the cake tin for 20 minutes on a wire rack before inverting onto the wire rack. Now make your syrup. In a small saucepan add the butter and sugar and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum. Pierce holes in your cake using your cake tester, then brush the syrup all over the cake, letting each layer absorb before adding the next.
* Recipe adapted from Gingerbread – Jennifer Lindner McGlinn
* This will last for up to 3 days stored in a cake tin with a tight-fitting lid.
* Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight
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And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:
- Anisette and Orange Bundt Cake by Samantha at Un Mordisco Un Pecado
- Apple Bundt Cake with Whiskey Salted Caramel by Lauren at From Gate to Plate
- Baba au Rhum by Terri at Love and Confections
- Banana Bourbon Bundt Cake by Linda at Brunch with Joy
- Champagne Soaked Cranberry Bundt Cake by Teri at The Freshman Cook
- Chestnut and Rum Kugelhopf by Jelena at A Kingdom for A Cake
- Chocolate Baileys Bundt Cake by Bea and Mara at I Love Bundt Cakes
- Chocolate Chambord Mini Bundt Cakes by Tara at Noshing With The Nolands
- Chocolate Guinness Bundt by Veronica at My Catholic Kitchen
- Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake by Lauren at Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake with Kahlua Glaze by Tanya at DessertStalking Blog
- Coffee Baileys Bundt Cake by Kathya at Basic N Delicious
- Frangelico and Fig Bundt Cake by Victoria at Just One Bite Baking
- Gin and Tonic Bundt by Jane at Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Grand Marnier and Chocolate Chips Bundt Cake with Seville Orange Sauce by Anna at Media racion doble, Por Favor
- Grand Marnier and Tangerine Bundt Cake by Caro at En la Cocina de Caro
- Guinness Chocolate Bundt Cake by Patricia at Patty’s Cake
- Irish Coffee Bundt Cake by Laura at The Spiced Life
- Kentucky Bourbon Cake by Cassie at Cassie’s Kitchen
- Lemon Rum Bundt by Catherine at Living the Gourmet
- Limoncello Bundt Cake by Natalia at Principiando en la Cocina
- London Porter Bundt with Lemon Glaze by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
- Peach Brandy Pound Cake by Renee at Magnolia Days
- Pomegranate and Chocolate with Rum Glaze by Rocio at Kidsandchic
- Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Rum Pudding Cake by Rebekah at Making Miracles
- Rum Raisin Apple Bundt by Maleka at La Luna en Dulce
- Southern Sweet Potato, Bourbon, and Pecan Bundt by Margaret at Tea and Scones
- Spiced Apple Cider Bundt Cake with Bourbon Glaze by Tux at Brooklyn Homemaker
- Tangerine Screwdriver Mini Bundts by Kelly at Passion Kneaded