Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rum Cake: Makeover Edition

Rum cake and the delicate orchid -- an unlikely pairing, right? This odd couple makes for quite the photoshoot, however! When one thinks of rum cake, this probably comes to mind: a bundt whose plain and unpretentious appearance serves as a perfect cover for a big wallop of boozy, buttery flavor. Well, whoever said that rum cakes couldn't be pretty too? Throw in some berries, buttercream, and a vase of fresh orchids, and take this popular classic from pirate ship to runway.
Here we have a single-layer rum buttercake with vanilla rum buttercream frosting florets, fresh strawberry halves, and a vanilla rum custard center.
Now here's an almost identical rum cake, but with a dusting of powdered sugar instead of a vanilla rum center.
Ah, throw in some fresh flowers for added color and pizazz.
And here they are, side by side. Don't be fooled by their sweet exteriors -- these dolls pack a rummy punch!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Baby Got Bundt!

It's been a long time since my assistant and I have whipped up one of these bad boys -- the cake that started it all. Well, this serves as a reminder of our pledge to bring bundt back (and we can't believe that that pledge was made over six months ago...time flies when you're baking up a storm!) We whipped up our favorite bundt of the all -- the classic Boozy Bundt.
A golden rum cake with crunchy chopped walnuts baked into the top, drizzled with a buttery rum glaze. Just keepin' it simple...and keepin' it boozy.
There it is, plain and simple.
Cheers to the old-fashioned, the homemade, and the utterly delicious!