Shame on me: rum cake edition

24 Dec

So many things to be ashamed of this Christmas eve: didn’t blog last week.  Am not baking this week.  Haven’t thought about math at all for a week and a half.  But the worst, most guilt-inducing thing of all: the rum cake I made last week.

Definitely not fit to give the king... pa rum pa pum pum pum.

Definitely not fit to give the king… pa rum pa pum pum pum.

I also ran out of battery on my phone and didn’t think to take a picture of the cake, so this is boyfriend’s picture of the last bite.  So far so good, and the cake was delicious, but… here’s the shameful secret: the ingredients.

This is me trying to mix things up a little bit from all homemade

This is me trying to mix things up a little bit from all homemade baked goods

Ingredients for the cake:

1 c pecans

1 can pumpkin (pie mix)

1 box cake mix

1/2 c rum

1 hefty scoop of guilt and sadness

"Semihomemade" food drives me nuts!

“Semihomemade” food drives me nuts!

This step isn’t totally necessary, but you can toss the pecans in a pan over medium heat (no oil or anything else) until it smells nice and cozy like a Christmas fire.  I prefer toasted pecans myself, but you run the risk of burning them and having a bitter topping on your cake.  I think it’d also be good to toss these guys with a little brown sugar and cinnamon for this step.

Next: mix the cake mix, the pumpkin, and the rum.  No eggs, no oil, no spices, no work, no pride, no joy, no nothing.  Put into a cake pan.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or however long the cake box says.

Orange you glad I didn't make a knock knock joke earlier?

Orange you glad I didn’t make a knock knock joke earlier?

When you take the cake out, melt a stick of butter in a pot with 2 TB water and 1/2 c sugar.  Bring it to a boil, then turn off the heat.  There’s no photos of this part because it was too exciting: stir in 1/2 c rum.  The rum will sizzle and makes LOTS of noise, then bubble up (so use a big pot!).  Then it’ll calm down, and you can drizzle the glaze all over your cake.

Voila, semi-homemade and delicious.  I didn’t take a picture with the cake because I was so ashamed.  But it’s still delicious!


3 Responses to “Shame on me: rum cake edition”

  1. tüketici hukuku eğitimi January 12, 2016 at 4:02 am #

    What’s up, I check your blog like every week.
    Your writing style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!


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