The smell of cake floated in the air. A flash back to my childhood. My relatives and I, playing outside in the sun, swimming in the ocean and always around the same hour, the scent wafts out to our noses and draws us home. Starving, we end our afternoons in my mum’s café, savoring a fresh piece of cake and homemade yogurt.
Today was beautiful, sunny, some enjoyed the pool, others were reading, relaxing and I just felt nostalgic. Far from my mothers bakery, thousands of kilometers from the country of my childhood, but reunited with my family here. I felt to bake that fluffy, light, subtle cake. A time and also an excuse to get closer and enjoy a great afternoon snack.
Since I always have a bottle of rum filled with raisins in my pantry, I decided to add a little bit of this aroma to help bring us back to our beloved island.
– 1 cup of butter (allow to soften before using)
– 3/4 cup of sugar
– 1 heaping cup of flour
– 1 heaping teaspoon of baking soda
– 4 large room-temperature eggs
– 1/4 cup of milk
1 tbsp of rum (In place of rum, you can add 1 tsp of vanilla extract)
1) Preheat the oven to 350F
2) Butter the inside of two bread pans
3) Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl
4) In another bowl mix the softened butter and sugar with a mixer on high-speed until pale and fluffy. Use the machine to scrape down the sides of the bowl, reduce speed to medium, and add the rum.
5) While mixing, add the eggs one at a time, let the first one mix before adding the next, and so on until they’re all mixed.
6) Reduce speed to low and slowly add the flour&baking powder mixture
7) If you wish to add the raisins (or anything else you think is delicious!) do so now.
8) Divide the batter between the pans and smooth the tops
9) Bake for 40-45 min or until you can insert a knife into the cake and it comes out clean. Once cooked, let pans cool on a wire rack for 30min
10) Once cooled, you can enjoy!!!
*to do the raisins:
I made a mixture of rum, with a dash of vanilla, and added that to a bottle with raisins. Let sit for a few months, and you’re good to go!