I am not certain what drew me to this cake but I am sure glad it caught my attention. The Rhum Baba is delicious, scoring a 4.5 on the husband cake approval scale. Although it is distinctively not a cake that can be eaten for breakfast, unless, perhaps, you are on vacation or have demons that extend beyond excessive cake eating.
The recipe calls for chocolate chips to be baked in the middle, however, I noted in the user comments that one reader successfully opted to use rum soaked raisins and was reminded that I had a jar of pineapple infused rum on hand. So out went the chocolate chips and in went 1/3 cups diced rum soaked pineapples and raisins. I was a bit worried that the fruit mixture would be too wet for the cake but that worry didn’t prove out. If anything I would say that the Baba came out a tad on the dry side. If I could go back in time, I would have taken it out of the oven sooner. The good news is that a dry baba is very easy to overcome by soaking it in extra spiced rum sauce and crème fraîche whipped topping.
You may note that this recipe calls for serving the Baba lit on fire. I didn’t do it! Definitely an opportunity missed. If this cake ends up a cake off finalist, I will most certainly need to execute at this level and practice would have given me a leg up. But mostly I regret not trying something new and rather exciting on a rainy, locked in Saturday night.
If you do want to try to light up your Baba, I suggest you follow the recipe. Simply trying to light the Rum syrup on fire with a lighter in an attempt to impress your friends, a technique attempted by my husband, does not work. Here may be a good place to mention that this cake should be served with the following warning label: Over indulgence may lead to impaired judgement.
Husband Cake Approval Rating Week 3
Did you like It? Yes! Maybe best yet.
Would you eat it again? Hell yes!
Would you eat for breakfast? Too boozy
Would you enter it in Cake off 3? Yes
On a scale from one to five, five being cake cock certainty, what would do you rank this cake?. 4.5 for adults but kids won’t like
For more on kids and the Cake Off see my post from a few weeks back.
Also, I should note that the Baba did not elicit any response from our dog walker.