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Bahamian Rum Cake

Bahamian Rum Cake

 

I can barely type this out due to my excitement.  I think I may have conquered one of my biggest disappointments in my baking career.  I present to you...a successful bundt cake!

Success = I didn't have to scrape any cake from bottom of the pan.  I didn't have to painstakingly align cakes pieces like I was assembling a puzzle.  And I sure didn't have to whip up a frosting to drizzle over the sort-of-mismatched cake pieces so no one would notice.  Now THIS is what's up!

Now I know that this cake is not specifically Bahamian.  Don't kill my vibe.  However, I do love to eat this when I'm at home in the Bahamas.  I probably get to do that because I request for my sister to make it every time I come home.  This time, I decided to try my own hand at this recipe because dangit it, it's about as cold as you can get up here in New Jersey and I just want an excuse to warm myself up with booze and dessert.  I can't even pretend that there are any other reasons.

A confession I have to make is that this cake starts out from a box mix.  It's very rare that I put anything starting with a box cake mix on this blog, but in this case I must make an exception because this is the way my family has always made rum cake.  We can't switch things up decades later.  Nothing says I love you quite like cake.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

It's 2015 and it's going down this year.

The resolutions have been made.  By other people, not me....although I do wish to continue to be fabulous this year...

The sequins and the high heels have been worn out.  Again, not by me.  I've got the shimmer and flats game on lock though.

The champagne has been drunken.  That was me.  I did that for sure.  By the way, is "drunken" even a word?!  If so, then I have most definitely drunken all the champagne.

While I am excited for new beginnings and the promises of a new year, I am also excited to make more dishes that I eat regularly when I am at home in the Bahamas.  I realized the other day, while vegging out on my couch and for sure not in the gym with all the other folks who vowed to work out more this year, that I have now cataloged several Bahamian recipes but I haven't actually made them at home in New Jersey.  And wasn't that the whole point of documenting this process?

As you can imagine, pineapple upside-down cake is not distinctly Bahamian, but I only eat it when I go home.  So yeah, for me it's "Bahamian".  I was able to request for my sister to make this cake when I went back in December.  I have no idea where this recipe comes from because this is just the way we've made this cake for years.  Yeah, I'm talking yearsssss.... So here ya go.  I'm super excited to share this with you guys since 1) it's cake, duh!  and 2) this is something I look forward to eating each time I go home and I really think you'll enjoy it too!

Now go forth and conquer the new year and eat lots of cake!

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Mocha Bread with Espresso Glaze

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I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but seriously...I've been so busy lately! I think things are calming down now though, so I'm hopeful I'll be able to crank out some recipes quickfastandinahurry for you guys!

For this Thanksgiving, let's try to bring something sweet to the table other than a pie.  I mean, there's nothing wrong with pies.  In fact, I have a pie recipe coming up for you that I absolutely adore!  But sometimes you're just not into that, or you want to have a little somethin' somethin' different.  (FYI, the 90's are back and I can totally say "somethin' somethin'".)

Enter this quick bread.  Not only is it quick (duh!) but it's also absolutely delicious.  Let's not forget that this version also incorporates espresso, so when you start to fall into that post-Thanksgiving meal slump, this dessrt can help put you back on your feet.  Let's get to it!

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Pecan Crunch Cake


If there's one thing left to master in all the foodie land, it must be the bundt cake.  More specifically, I'm talking about the fact that I can't turn out an intact bundt cake to save my life! I guess that's what icings are for...

Alright, in reality, I have a lot of food-related things left to master, but bundt cakes are inching up higher and higher on that list.  I feel as if I do all the buttering and flouring that I can and yet...ugh.  Someday my bundt cake will be perfect, if it's the last thing I do.  Guess what that means for this blog.  Yep, get yo'self ready for some summer-, fall-, and winter-themed bundt cakes!  Everyone gets a bundt cake!

This month, I decided to make a bundt cake for my Secret Recipe Club.  I look forward to this "reveal" every month, as it gives me a chance to get to know new-to-me blogs.  This month I found Bizzy Bakes!  I love the recipes on her site and was excited to see a pecan crunch bundt cake.  I love pecans and I seriously need some excuses to use them more often in recipes.

Once I made this, there were some...uh...issues, getting my cake out of the bundt pan (of course!!!!), but I simply drizzled icing over the top of the it and everything was all good once again.  I never object to extra sugar.  Don't tell my trainer.  I personally recommend pouring the icing on top, but if you're better than I am at turning out bundts, you could totally go the "naked" route.  You know, if you're into that.  Thanks for the recipe, Bizzy!

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Iced Champagne Pound Cake

Truth be told, I was thinking of drizzling an icing on this cake anyhow.  This iced pound cake reminds me of the iced lemon loaf at Starbucks.  I actually do like that Starbucks dessert (I know, I know! I'm only slightly ashamed) and once I tasted my own iced cake, I realized that Starbucks had already tricked me into liking pound cake.  Sneaky!  I see what you did there 'bucks.

Note: Since I had some eggnog in my refrigerator, I made use of it in this icing.  However, if you don't have eggnog (especially since it's a seasonal drink) you can use heavy cream or milk.  While it seems as if this cake would be best suited to a special celebration, I would also recommend making this cake for no reason at all.  Treat yo'self.

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Chocolate Loaf Cake

I don't know if it's because Valentine's Day just passed by, but I've been craving chocolate like whoa. I even bought one of those small chocolate samplers (half-price of course...I love post-Valentine's Day candy sales!). And I may or may not have devoured it in two days. Still, this didn't really put a dent in my chocolate craving.

This weekend, I woke up and decided that I would finally do something about this. I navigated my way to Julia's Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body blog. Julia recently had a beautiful baby girl, but somehow she's still blogging. I'm not exactly sure how she's doing this, but I don't ask questions. Especially since she blogged about a gorgeous Chocolate Loaf Cake that I had to have.

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