Gingerbread rum cake

Gingerbread Rum Cake

Modified from Claudia Fleming’s gingerbread on Epicurious

Ingredients (for two loaf pans/one bundt pan)

  • 1 cup rum
  • 1 cup dark molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter bundt pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess
  2. Bring rum and molasses to a boil in a large saucepan and remove from heat.
  3. Whisk in baking soda, then cool to room temperature.
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl.
  5. Whisk together eggs and sugars. Whisk in oil, then molasses mixture.
  6. Add to flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
  7. Pour batter into pan and rap pan sharply on counter to eliminate air bubbles.
  8. Bake in middle of oven until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs adhering, about 50 minutes.
  9. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

Rum Glaze

From Jackie Smith’s rum cake on


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark rum

Directions (this make enough for the 2 loaves or 1 bundt)

  1. In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum.
  4. Pour over the cake, allowing to soak in between applications


And a very merry not-quite-New Year’s

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas/other holidays! I certainly did. Not only did I receive an excellent new stylus (see image above) but I found a set of keys that I had been missing for months. They were buried deep within the couch. Odd since I was sure I had checked the couch before.

I’ve been doing lots of baking over this lovely break, hopefully I’ll find the recipes I used and post them soon. This is the age old problem of using recipes found on the Internet and forgetting to bookmark them.

Advent calendars

There are tons of different sorts of advent calendars out there. I grew up with a felt one my mom made where each day you would put an ornament on the tree. My brother and I both loved this one (in fact we now do it over Skype since neither of us live at home anymore) and oddly enough I don’t think either of us ever missed the chocolate ones.


This year however, in addition to my fabric tree (I’ve since made one for myself), I have a tea advent calendar!


Sure beats a tiny chocolate.

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