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Hot Buttered Rum Cake

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Hot Buttered Rum Cake
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This Hot Buttered Rum Cake is one of my favorite hot cakes, and I LOVE HOT CAKES (see evidence here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). I use just one saucepan for all the parts of this recipe that call for a saucepan -- so simple! You'll have this Hot Buttered Rum Cake whipped up in no time and you're gonna FLIP OUT over how amazing it is!
Serves: 8-10
Cake Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/8 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Rum Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
Caramel Crackle Icing Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • vanilla bean ice cream (optional, for serving)
  1. To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prepare a 10-inch oven-safe skillet sprayed with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter and water to a boil. In the meantime, in a separate large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt before whisking in the egg, sour cream, almond extract, vanilla extract. Mix to combine. While mixing, slowly pour in the boiling butter and water mixture. Mix to combine completely. Your batter will be very runny. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in several places comes out with a few moist crumbs. Gently poke holes all across the top of the cake with a fork or wooden skewer.
  2. Make the rum glaze: While the cake cooks, combine butter, water, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in spiced rum. Pour over the top of the warm cake and set aside to soak in.
  3. Make the icing: Bring the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, whisking constantly, for 10 minutes. The frosting will bubble like caramel most of the time and you'll notice it start to pull away from the sides of the pan as it nears the 10-minute mark. Remove the icing from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour the icing over the hot cake and spread quickly, because it begins to set immediately. Serve the cake immediately with vanilla ice cream.


16 Comments on Hot Buttered Rum Cake (and I Changed My Mind Story #3)

  1. Anton
    March 27, 2017 at 10:35 am (4 years ago)

    This series is really interesting to me, as these changes of perspective are really hard to come by. I also really love that you put the emphasis on how you thought about things, your experience moving through it. Being able to acknowledge how complex we are, that our lives hold room for lots of often contradictory stuff is so important. I’ve watched the weird purity culture hit my recreational life pretty hard, and in very unpleasant ways. (If I have to have the argument again that reading and writing fiction about dark/unpleasant/violent things does not mean you support them in real life, I might scream.)

    One of my biggest changes has come on a smaller stage, in how I see relationships and love. I used to believe that there was only one way to do love, that it was bound up in the stuff I saw from my parents, that the idea of loving more than one person romantically at once was impossible, that you couldn’t separate sex and love, etc, etc. But my perspective on all that has really changed as I’ve gotten older. I’m a different person with a lot more room in my head and heart for understanding. I’ve seen how there are so many ways to love, and no one right way to do it.

    • Julie Ruble
      March 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much for sharing this, Anton!

  2. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    March 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow that looks SO GOOD!! I’ve definitely changes my perspective on a lot of things as I’ve gotten older and understood more about the “why” behind certain problems.

    • Julie Ruble
      March 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Liz!

  3. Emily
    March 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I feel like you and I have changed our minds on a lot of the same issues! My views on abortion changed dramatically from pro-life to pro-choice, for exactly the reasons you listed. I’m turning 31 this year, and it’s taken me this long to really start unpacking the things I was taught from a young age and deciding whether or not I actually believe in/support them. Turns out, most things I was taught, I no longer agree with. 😉

    • Julie Ruble
      March 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm (4 years ago)

      I think it’s neat that we’ve changed in similar ways, Emily! Thank you for chiming in <3

  4. Adios
    March 28, 2017 at 12:02 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve never opened a cake recipe to read about abortion. Unsubscribing.

    • Julie Ruble
      March 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm (4 years ago)

      FYI, you can do this without commenting about it 🙂

  5. Jen
    March 29, 2017 at 12:10 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve really loved reading this series. Thank you so much for opening up and sharing your perspective. This story in particular refreshed me to the fact that we all arrive at a certain set of values or conclusions through different paths.

    Many of us head into polarizing discussions with the aim to persuade the other. This reminds me if one hopes to do that, first you need to LISTEN. That may ultimately help you frame your position in terms of their values :).

    On a personal note, as someone who grew up in Texas and did a fair amount of pro-choice activism there, my brain and heart have long been baffled by the common pro-life stance to remove tools that reduce abortions and indifference to supporting life once one is born. I appreciate learning about your personal evolution of thought. It gives me fresh perspective to think about!

    • Julie Ruble
      March 29, 2017 at 1:29 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much for your supportive words, Jen! I agree with your takeaway about listening so, so heartily.

  6. Jane S
    March 29, 2017 at 12:52 am (4 years ago)

    Julie, I love that you take on these tough issues… It really makes me look at my own choices and feelings. I have changed my views on the death penalty. I used to fully support the death penalty as a fair punishment for the most serious crimes. But over the years, I have come to believe that this form of punishment, especially as carried out in the U.S. is not a deterrent to crime. And of course, there have even been cases where an innocent person has been wrongly put to death. I’m not sure what the answer is, I sympathize with the families of crime victims…

    • Julie Ruble
      March 29, 2017 at 1:21 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Jane! I have changed my mind on that topic in a very similar way — and I love that you are able to end your comment on, “I’m not sure what the answer is,” which I feel is a super honest and vulnerable place that leads to productive dialogue on the topic. I’m not sure, either.

  7. Sara
    May 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m saddened to read that you are now Pro-choice. I was once pro-choice and am now pro-life. It’s interesting how as we grow, we change and see things so differently. But that is what makes this country so great, we are all allowed our own beliefs and opinions. Thanks for sharing your views.

    • Julie Ruble
      May 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm (3 years ago)

      I’d love to hear what changed your mind, Sara! Feel free to share your story here!

      • Sara
        May 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

        I would love to tell why I changed my mind. Thank you for asking Julie.

        When I was in my early twenties and newly married, I so wanted to start a family. We loved children and wanted to get started right away. It turned out not to be that easy. We tried everything for about eight years. It was a difficult, frustrating, heart-breaking time. Then we turned to adoption. Prayers were answered and we got a precious little baby boy on Mother’s Day, believe it or not. It was a miracle and this little boy became my heart and he is grown now and still the sun and joy and love of my life! As I was raising this little miracle, it dawned on me….what if his birth Mother had aborted him? In that instant, everything changed. I knew God had given me this sweet little boy to open my eyes and my heart to what is right. I regret ever being pro-choice, because now I know that every little being deserves a family to love them. Every baby is precious to God. <3

        Thanks for allowing me to tell my story.
        Take care and I so enjoy your blog!

        • Julie Ruble
          May 7, 2017 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

          Thanks so much for sharing your story, Sara! I’m so glad you and your son were brought together. I hope we can all work together to reduce abortions without feeling like we’re on separate teams.


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