The best recipes are tried and tested. The come with notes and stains. They are on old wrinkled sheets of paper that small like a Sunday morning in the kitchen. They are handed down from one generation to the next. This rum cake is no different, a special recipe that was passed down from my boyfriend’s grandmother, to his mother, and now to me. And with all those combined years of baking experience, it’s down right perfect.
This is a rich pound cake, with 8 eggs and more butter than I have used in months, it’s sinful. When laying out everything and getting my workplace ready, I looked down fondly on the notecard with the instructions on it and smiled. I knew this one would be a hit…
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- 1 lbs unsalted butter softened
- 3 cups sugar divided
- 8 eggs at room temp, separated
- 3 cups flour
- 1/3 cup rum
- 2 teas almond extract
- 2 teas McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an angel food cake pan, or three loaf pans.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and 2 cups sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 - 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides as needed. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing until combined.
In a bowl, whisk the rum, almond, and McCormick vanilla extract together.
Add the flour alternating with the rum mix to the butter in three batches, beginning and ending with the flour. Set aside.
In another clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with a whisk attachment over high speed. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining 1 cup sugar. Beat until soft peaks form.
Gently fold the butter batter into the egg whites until no streaks remain.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes for an angel food pan, or 55-60 minutes for loaf pans.
Let cool in pan 20 minutes before turning out. Cool completely and serve.
Handsome's grandmother, to his mother, to me.