twd ~ Coconut Vanilla Rum Cakes
Back in 2002, I went on a cruise. I was fresh out of undergrad and looking for a little vaca with my then-boyfriend. Oh yes, slightly scandalous, at least to my mom with whom I was living at the time. I was one of those, graduate and go back home until grad school. But my wonderful mom welcomed me home, and we had a lovely cruise to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
It was a great trip. The towel animals were cute, the casino was fun, the island trips were cool, and the Jamaican rum cakes...omg. Out of this world! I think we bought a dozen just to eat on the boat. I'm sure I ate one whole cake in one sitting at least once. I loved them!
When I saw Wendy of Pink Stripes pick for this week, my first reaction was...oh, sounds fussy. Then I read the recipe. Oh, it's like the Jamaican rum cakes! My favorite was the coconut, so I decided to try to recreate it.
I subbed coconut rum for regular, quartered the recipe, and used coconut cream instead of regular cream. I tried a little of the pound cake pre-soaking with the rum syrup, and it was delicious. Soaked, omg, it was magical and took me back to a warm, sunny afternoon, on the rocky beaches of Montego Bay.