There are so many symbols associated with christmas: xmas trees, snow, santa claus, cheerily wrapped gifts, candles and plenty of food. In my mind, rum cakes are irrevocably associated with this holiday. Growing up, I remember my parents’ friends coming over every christmas eve with homemade wine and a dark, flavorful cake that we looked forward to so eagerly! I decided this year to try my hand at this cake and although it didn’t taste exactly the same as the ones from my childhood, it was still super tasty.
New year resolutions! They drive people to do the craziest things….I resolved at the start of 2013 to start a food blog, but despite repeated attempts, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I baked dozens of cakes and cooked scores of dishes to this end, but none made it to the blog. Now, as 2013 draws to a close, I think its time to finally check this off my list….
I found the recipe for this chocolate cake on epicurious and its a keeper! Its soft and moist with a rich chocolate flavor, the coffee adds depth to the chocolate and the olive oil keeps it moist through the long baking time. I replaced the all purpose flour in the original recipe with whole wheat for a healthier version and the cake was none the worse for it. The recipe is super forgiving and I find myself coming back to it anytime I’m looking for a quick chocolate fix.