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Rum Cake & Baking Tips

July 29, 2010

Some days are full of green tea, and some days are full of rum.
Some days are full of green vegetables, and some days are full of cake.
And some days, the most special days, are full of rum cake.

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This weekend I learned a few kitchen lessons from my boss, Jen. We found a recipe for All from Scratch Rum Cake and set out for success.

We followed the recipe step by step by step.

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Along the way I was reminded of several tips and tricks that make baking easier (and therefore, more enjoyable!)

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Printing out a copy of a recipe we found online was more than a great way to keep cake batter out of the computer keyboard – having this copy allowed me to make notes about things we noticed during the process, and ideas we had for the next time either of us makes this cake.  I have a binder on my cookbook shelf where I keep these kinds of recipes collected from blogs and sharing websites.

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Assembling all the ingredients listed on the recipe before hand allowed us to double check that we had everything we needed.  One too many times I’ve ran down to the corner store mid-mixing when I realize I am out of one thing or another.

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Keep an large trash bowl on your work station to catch wrappers, egg shells, paper towels, peels, cores, and other trash you find yourself with during your process.  Not walking over to the garbage can every 30 seconds is more effective than you would guess.

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Save what is valuable, though not used.  The recipe calls for an egg yolk, suggesting we discard the white.  Instead, we saved to use in our broccoli egg dish for brunch the next morning.  [Have excess yolks?  May I you check out Mae’s yolky recipe.]

Jen also gave me a lesson in how to easily flour a cake pan without ending up looking like a bag of flour just fell from the sky conveniently near my head.  Not that this has happened before or anything. ahem.

How to Flour a Cake Pan in 4 Easy Steps:

1. Hold the cake pan in your non-dominant hand. Using a measuring cup in your dominant hand, scoop a small amount of flour.  104_4230

2. Sprinkle the flour into the cake pan.  Repeat if necessary.  [It is better to sprinkle just a little at a time.  It is a lot easier to add more flour than it is to take away flour. ]

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3. Bringing the pan to a slight angle, give it a shake as you lightly tap the bottom of the pan to the palm of your hand to loosen the flour.

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4. As you continue these motions, spin the pan slightly in order to help the flour reach the not-yet-covered areas of the pan.

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See? Easy as pie RUM CAKE.

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The verdict? Pure Tropical Decadence.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2010 7:38 pm

    Things I need to learn from these wonderful tips:

    -Get all of the ingredients together beforehand. Brilliant! I would never realize I am missing ingredients halfway through.
    -The garbage bowl has also always been something that I have thought about doing, but I will definitely try it.

    🙂

  2. July 29, 2010 7:38 pm

    Oh my gosh I LOVE that you used 99 bananas! Though if I ate it, I might upchuck since I got sick off of 99 bananas approximately 3.8 times in college.

  3. July 29, 2010 10:42 pm

    I’m lucky that our trash can is a pull out right below my prep space. But I love the reminder to print the recipe. One too many times I’ve ended up with something in my computer instead of in the cake.

    And that flour trick I learned from my grandma making banana bread over and over as a kid…as long as we could not eat the bananas before they were perfectly ripe.

  4. Jenn permalink
    July 29, 2010 11:41 pm

    I to0 have a binder that I keep printed recipes in – and I love putting my notes on them. The recipe doesn’t get placed into the binder until I have made it and then once I make it and decide if it is a keeper I place it into a plastic sleeve. So, even if I get cake batter or sauce or whatever on it, it wipes clean!

  5. July 30, 2010 6:20 am

    THANK YOU for the flouring demo!

  6. July 30, 2010 7:38 am

    Love this! I’m coming over to eat that cake.. right now.

  7. July 30, 2010 8:41 am

    I love rum cake! I need to start searching for a vegan recipe, since now you got me wanting to make my own. 🙂

  8. July 30, 2010 1:14 pm

    This sounds SO GOOD! Thank you for the link love :). I love the step by step album, it’s so accessible.

  9. Erin permalink
    August 1, 2010 4:29 pm

    I’m jealous that I missed this cooking class. That cake looks delicious. Jen told me about both the cake and the broccoli egg dish and both sounded yummy. Glad you guys had a good weekend!

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