What most people refer to as
Rum Cake was believed to have been brought to the Caribbean from England in the
mid-seventeenth century and perfected by Africans brought through the slave
They are very popular at
Christmas time in the Caribbean and in the United States. They usually consist
of a baked yellow cake with pieces of fruits (raisins, prunes, and cherries),
not unlike a fruitcake, interspersed within the body and steeped for a month or
more in rum. They are a sweet and dense dessert rich in fiber -- and also may be
the moistest cake of all.
The longer they sit, the
better they taste. That's not surprising considering what's in them!
Some people even like this
delicacy for breakfast.
Although the basic ingredients
have been passed down over the years, one can find many varieties from key lime
flavored to chocolate chips and nuts. The recipe has 10 ingredients
(including a half-cup of 80 proof Bacardi Gold) and the baking time is one hour. Here
is a recipe
that you can make with a cake mix. It has 11 ingredients and bakes for an
hour in a bundt pan or a tube pan.
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