Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rum Cream Cake and a Yummy Giveaway!

I have been dying to make a rum cake for a long time now. Seeing that there is a lot to them, it's been kind of on hold. But when Foodbuzz contacted me through their Tastemaker Program, letting me know they were sending me some free Duncan Hines and Comstock products my way, I knew it was time to get the creative juices flowing again!

There is a lot to a Rum Cake. There are typically four layers of rum-soaked vanilla cake and then a vanilla custard, chocolate custard, and strawberries in between the layers! Not to mention it's wrapped in a wonderful mascarpone whipped cream! So a boxed cake mix and already made strawberry filling saves you loads of time!

My Rum Cake only has 3 layers of rum-soaked cake. I was so excited to create such a beautiful cake that I didn't plan ahead I made only 3 layers of cake. I should have made 4 to accommodate my 3 yummy layers. So it is hard to see my vanilla custard but believe me it is there!

I am also excited to let you know that Foodbuzz gave me extra Duncan Hines giveaways for my readers!!!! So all I ask is that you "like" me on facebook or "follow" me here (or both) and leave me a comment saying you've done so and what you would make with free Duncan Hines products! Please leave me a separate comment if you do both so I can count you're entry twice! Giveaway ends on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Rum Cream Cake
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
serves 8
1 box Duncan Hines french vanilla cake mix (plus ingredients on the back of the box)
1 cup Comstock strawberry filling, pureed (or use fresh strawberries)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup rum
Whipped Cream
2 8oz containers of mascarpone cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Chocolate Custard
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup corn starch
2 egg yolks
1/8 cup coffee liqueur (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 oz semi sweet bakers chocolate (chopped)
Vanilla Custard
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup cornstarch
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Bake your cake mix in two 9-inch cake pans. Once cool, with a serrated knife, slice cakes in half to form two more layers. Place the layers on parchment paper lined baking sheets and drizzle each layer with Rum. Place in the fridge until you're ready to assemble the cake.

Next make the custards. I made mine in 2 batches. For the chocolate custard, scald the milk over medium heat. In the meantime, mix together the sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Add in the yolks, vanilla, and liqueur. Once the milk is heated, add in half the milk to the mixture, stir, and then add your mixture back to the pot on the stove with the rest of the milk and whisk constantly until it comes to a boil and thickens. Immediately remove from heat and stir in the chopped chocolate. Transfer to a small dish and set aside to cool for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so a skin doesn't form. Cover with plastic wrap pressed onto the pudding and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Make the vanilla pudding the same way omitting the liqueur and chocolate.

For the whipped cream, add all ingredients to a chilled bowl and mix with beaters until stiff peaks form.

To assemble the cake, spread the chocolate custard over the first layer. Then spread out your pureed strawberry filling over the second layer, and lastly spread out the vanilla custard on the third layer. Cover with last rum cake layer and cover the entire cake with the whipped cream. Garish with chopped walnuts and refrigerate until ready to serve!


Yummy Mummy said...

Is there anything better than a rum cake? I say no! Happy Holidays Sabrina!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

That is a gorgeous cake and I appreciate the time savings to be had. Looks like something you'd find at a cosmopolitan bakery! I adore cakes with creamy filling and mousse-like icing. Good work!

Happy When Not Hungry said...

Wow this cake looks beautiful!!!! Love the icing too. Yum!

Charissa said...

I subscribed to you! That cake looks divine!
I need to do some baking for Christmas so that's probably what I'd do what those products! :)

Susan said...

Hi, Sabrina,

Congratulations! That is so exciting & I'm sure they couldn't be more pleased with your creation!

I follow your blog & would love to be considered for your giveaway!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

This cake looks incredible! The marscapone cream sounds so so good!

Collette Osuna said...

Did someone say RUM??? lol..Im all over it...lucky you to have been contacted..very exciting!!!!!

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Amy said...

Oh my goodness...when I think of rum cake I picture a one layer cake soaked in rum without frosting. But yours is beautiful and delicious looking! I am loving the layers of goodness and filling!

Kimby said...

Liked you on Facebook and LOVE this recipe! Your mascarpone cream sounds heavenly, too. As for which cake I'd make... this one!

Lindselicious said...

I love what you did for this Tastemaker! So fun to see what others came up with- layer cakes always seem so special and extra fun.

Vicki Bensinger said...

Yum! Your cake sounds delicious. I know I follow you by email but I can't remember if I follow you anyplace else. If I won this I'd probably make some sort of chocolate cake like death by chocolate filled with whipped cream and strawberries

Val said...

Rum cake is so good and this recipe is great! said...

I love that you used the cake mix to make this cake. The first time I had rum cake was as a child, but I didn't like it, as I didn't like rum :) But now that I do like rum, I bet this cake is delicious!

Aimee said...

I follow you! That cake looks gorgeous, I've never made rum cake, but I'm thinking I might for the holidays! Yum!

Lenia said...

What a fantastic cake!!!

Cindy B. said...

I like you on Facebook.

Cindy B. said...

I follow you GFC.

busyrunningmama said...

I am a follower! I would use the Duncan Hines products to make cake balls for Christmas Eve dinner.....

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

This looks really spectacular :)
Mary x

Sue/the view from great island said...

Gorgeous cake, Sabrina, I can just taste the rum soaked cake, yum. I've always loved Duncan Hines, I made all the thousands of cupcakes for my kid's schools over the years with Duncan Hines...everybody thought I was an amazing baker!

Emily said...

Looks fabulous! Perfect for the holidays with just a hint of red. I follow your blog.

I have a giveaway going on now too that I think you would like - lots of sweet treats involved.

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

I am following your blog through RSS,

I love rum cake as it usually so moist.

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

I like you on Facebook.

Julie said...

like u on fb Julie Scott Laws
cake looks scrumptious

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

Your cake looks so delicious! That slice is just heavenly!

Julie said...

That's just beautiful! I'd love to dive in head first :)

Carolyn said...

That is a seriously gorgeous cake. Buzzed it.

Sandra said...

Your blog is deliciously beautiful!

Maika said...

I'm in love :)

vrinda said...

Very festive cake ,nice flavors..thanx for sharing

Laura @ A Healthy JalapeƱo said...

Sabrina, this looks wonderful. It looks so moist and delicious!!! Love it!


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