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Rum Cake

I rarely make desserts. I don’t bake cookies over the holidays or even like sweets all that much. Every few years I’ll make a tasty bread pudding with whiskey cream, using the last of the Glenmorangie Scotch I’ll have brought back from Scotland (while visiting my family). I know I can buy Glenmorangie here in the U.S., but there’s something about my dad tucking it in my overstuffed suitcase, the night before I’m heading home, that makes it more special.

There is one little cake that I do make each and every year, and that would be the classic Bacardi Rum Cake (I KNOW, more alcohol!). My sister and I loved when our grandma would make it for the holidays, because it was so “grown-up” tasting with the aromatic Bacardi glaze. 

I’ve always called my version “Spring Rum Cake” because I top it with powdered sugar and pretty edible flowers. My husband Peter loves when I surprise him with it every year, and instead of dessert he likes it in the morning with coffee.

This Sunday is Easter and I’ll be making it over the weekend for sure. Luckily for me, my good friend Afaf recently gave me a gorgeous bottle of Depaz Blue Cane Rum, so I’ll use that instead of the classic Bacardi. The recipe is super easy and always a crowd pleaser.

Rum Cake for Easter, MyLastBite.com

Rum Cake Ingredients:
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 18 ½ oz pkg butter cake mix
1 pkg Vanilla Pudding 
4 eggs
½ cup cold water
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup of your favorite dark Rum

Glaze Ingredients:
1 stick of butter
¼ cup of water
1 cup sugar
½ cup dark Rum

Topping:
1 Package of Edible Flowers
Powder Sugar

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Nonstick spray bundt pan
Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan
Mix all cake ingredients together
Mix on high for one minute.
Poor batter over nuts.
Bake 1 hour

Meanwhile make Glaze:
Melt butter in saucepan.
Stir in water and sugar.
Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Off the heat, carefully stir in the rum. 

After removing cake from oven, cool in pan then invert onto a serving plate.

Using a toothpick or fork, prick holes on top for glaze.

Next, drizzle glaze over top of cake. Go slowly so the glaze sinks in the cake.

Add powdered sugar and arrange fresh flowers on top.

Mentioned above:

My dad in Scotland

Glenmorangie Scotch

My sister

Afaf

Peter

Depaz Rum

Bacardi Rum

Note: The lovely “Sunflower” cake pan I use can be purchased on Amazon

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Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash

A super EASY recipe for Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash. If you don’t like things spicy then simply leave out the Cayenne Pepper. I served it with grilled flat iron steak and dipped the steak into the butter bowl… DELICIOUS!
Sweet and Spicy Squash, MyLastBite.com

Ingredients

1 medium butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeded

2 teaspoons butter

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Freshly ground pepper

Fleur de sel (or any crunchy sea salt)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cayenne pepper.

Set the two butternut squash halves a large bakin, making sure the flesh side is facing up.

Place 1 teaspoon butter in the middle of each squash. 

Sprinkle brown sugar/cayenne mix over each squash, then rub into the flesh.

Season with black pepper. 

Roast 25 minutes, or just until the flesh is fork-tender.

Top with fleur de sel while still hot. 

Enjoy!

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