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.

8 comments:

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your coconut version sounds divine! I'll have to try this one!

Tia said...

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wow, that sounds so good. coconut vanilla, rolls right off the tongue.

Clivia said...

Coconut rum sounds perfect. Lovely variation!

Valerie said...

It's wonderful the way food can bring us back to a specific moment in time. I love your idea of adding coconut to this recipe! :-)

pinkstripes said...

A coconut version sounds heavenly! I almosted subbed in coconut rum, but didn't think about using coconut cream. Thanks for baking with me.

Lauryn said...

yum, your coconut version looks delicious! Its making me very hungry right now!

Susan said...

What a delicious sounding variation! I love coconut and rum together and never even thought about it when I baked this. :)

jillbert said...

Your coconut version sounds delicious! I have some coconut rum and always forget about it.