Yesterday my hubster completed 32 years and i am so grateful to God for his life and better health that he is enjoying with the passing of each new year. It was a quite birthday at home with some wine, this intoxicating cake and a some lovely home cooked food. Rum & Raisin cakes are quintessentially a Christmas cake but this was the cake to be, as my dearest Hubster isn't your regular cake person. He just isn't into cakes, but i knew rum & raisins will hit a cord and so this cake is in August what actually should have been in December. But hey, nobody is complaining!!!
It is moist, from the rum-soaking and airy-light from the egg whites. This cake is not for the weak, as the raisins gives a deadly rum punch :). I had soaked the raisins last April to use it in December but that dis not happen and so you can guess how intense it was.
It is a very easy cake to put together but the way you incorporate the egg whites will decide the fate of the cake between light and airy to a dense cake. I am artistically challenged and also my family is not much for icing in cakes but i decided to dress the cake with a White Chocolate Ganach. It was a perfect combination! The intensity of the rum soaked cake, with the sweetness of the white chocolate and complement it with white wine. Perfect!!
I know it looks bad :), am just handicapped in decorating anything. Anyway, though not fantastic to look at, it made the B'Boy very happy, so the effort was all worth it. To put a smile on the face as well as the tummy, mission accomplished! Here's a look at the finished cake.
Happy Birthday to a wonderful man who always light up my world with his kindness and loves unconditionally. Love you my one true love!!!
Here is the detailed recipe. Hope you enjoy making it and having it as well. Do try, it is a total mood booster :). Cheers!!
1 Cup - Plain Flour
1 Tsp - Baking Powder
1 Tsp - Cloves Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Cinnamon Powder, Dried Ginger Powder
1/2 Cup - Veg' Oil Water
1 Tsp - Vanilla Essence
1/4 Cup - Sugar
3 - Eggs, Separated
Salt - A Pinch
1 Cup - Raisins soaked in rum
4 - 5 Tbsp - Rum (for soaking)
For Caramelizing Sugar:
1 Cup - Sugar
2 Tbsp - Water
1 Cup - Hot Water
For White Chocolate Ganach:
200 ml - 25% Amul Cream
105 g - White Chocolate
Preheat oven to 180 degree C, cream and line a round cake pan and keep aside.
Caramelize the sugar and keep aside.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and the spice mix into a bowl.
Whisk the oil and sugar till creamy, add the egg yolks and continue to whisk till it is well incorporated.
Slowly add the flour spices mixture into the wet ingredients, using a wooden spoon mix it till it is well combined and grainy.
Now add the caramelized sugar syrup into the cake batter and whisk it vigorously, the batter will look watery, it is meant to so don't freak out :).
Take the egg whites, add a pinch of salt and the vanilla essence and whisk it at max power till the egg whites are fluffy and stiff.
Fold in the egg white into the cake batter, making sure to incorporate it but not beat out the air from it.
Now add the rum soaked raisins, give it a good mixing and then bake this beauty for 30 mins or a little more depending on your oven.
Once done, let cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove it from the pan, pour the rum 1 tbsp at a time all over the top of the cake, then chil it in the fridge while you get your ganach ready.
To caramalize the sugar, pour sugar and water into a heavy bottomed sauce pan and cook it on high heat. As the sugar starts bubbling, keep swirling the sauce pan till the bubbling syrup turns golden brown. At this point turn off heat and add the hot water into it. Give it a good stir and keep aside. Please wear a kitchen mitten when pouring as the hot syrup will splutter as you add the water.
White Chocolate Ganach:
In another sauce pan, bring the cream to boiling stirring constantly, chop the white chocolate into pieces and add it into the cream and keep stirring until all the chocolate is melted. Once the chocolate is melted pour it out onto a bowl and let cool till warm enough to handle. Now keep the cooled ganach into the freezer till it is properly set, about 1 hour to more. Once set, whisk it up till it is fluffy. Your ganach is ready to use.