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How to make a Tortuga Rum Cake

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The very first step in making a rum cake is to set aside your inhibitions.


Allowed to season for at least a day, your cake will not have a ‘smelly alcohol’ scent, nor will it taste as though you’ve doused your dessert with a drink. Or two.

This recipe is a clone of a well-known cake sold in the Cayman Islands by the makers of the rum used in this recipe - Tortuga. It is said to be difficult to find, but can be purchased in better liquor stores, often ordered by the store. Worth checking into. See the image in step 1 (not to be confused with this intro) so you will know what to look for in the liquor store.

Don't run at the note of 'clone', as this cake is indeed delicious, the next best thing to an actual Tortuga Rum Cake from the Carribean. If you are unable to locate this rum, Whaler's Vanille (not a typo) can be substituted.

Kudos to "Heart 'n Soul" of Minnesota, courtesy of Food.com for sharing this recipe with the world. This recipe is referred to as the 'Almost Tortuga Rum Cake'.

Alterations in text, but not the recipe, by Karen Manasco

Special thanks to Instructables member Starshipminivan, who reminded us that September 19 is
International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Grab your bottle of rum and make a cake, or walk the plank!
See more at: http://talklikeapirate.com/
 
 
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Step 1: Understand the procedure...

Picture of Understand the procedure...
Directions: Cake will consist of three steps. Please read entire recipe before starting.
Ensure you have all of the ingredients, as some are listed twice, and even thrice among all three steps.

Basic mix - You will first create a basic mix that can be refrigerated for several months. But why wait?

Batter - This is added to the basic mix as stated above

Rum glaze - The finishing touch
Xavienne2 years ago
Just made one of these & a chocolate variant. Very tasty and so far a huge hit with my friends! I think I have a new holiday tradition!
can you provide the recipe for the chocolate variant of the rum cake?
kejoseph992 years ago
Hello WUVIE. Can you - or anyone else out there - help me? We used to live in the Cayman Islands and have very fond memories of Tortuga Rum Cake (the Blue Mountain Coffee was our favourite). Now we're back in a very wet and rainy UK and I'd love to make a nearly-authentic rum cake for my husband's birthday this week, just to remind us of all that lovely sunshine. I even have a proper bundt tin (rare over here). However, in the UK there is no such thing as Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding mix. What is it? Does anyone know if there is an acceptable substitute available here? For instance, is it the same as Angel Delight? I do remember seeing it in the supermarket in Cayman but we never tried it. I would welcome any suggestions.
WUVIE (author)  kejoseph992 years ago
Oh my gosh, it just seems so strange that a product like Jell-O pudding would not be available widely. Ah, the things we take for granted.

Though I cannot vouch for the following site, I did find several people discussing the lack of pudding mix in the UK.

I sure hope this helps! :-)

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf19200020.tip.html

Karen
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! I made this for dessert. Thank you for posting it!
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WUVIE (author)  starshipminivan2 years ago
Wow, I don't know how I missed your post, Starship, but your cake looks fabulous!
forrie2 years ago
I don't think Tortuga uses butter in their glaze. Also, whenever I make a cake, after glazing and it's set... there's always a lemony taste, and I can't understand why. I use Watkins, too.

The glaze is the real secret I think... probably loaded with vanillin or something that is other than what we think it is :-) I bet it's flavored sugar, less so any booze.
WUVIE (author)  forrie2 years ago
Aw, no fun, Forrie. I've never had the pleasure
of tasting an actual Tortuga Rum Cake. :-)

One day, one day... (sigh)
forrie2 years ago
I've been working on trying to duplicate this rum cake recipe for a long time. Many disasters, some close.

I think their glaze has some flavoring (besides rum) in it. There's an almost crea my taste to it, it might be vanilla/vanillin. But the actual cake itself at the factory is very likely doctored up boxed yellow cake mix.

Anyone know more about the glaze.
I love rum candy if this tastes anything like that then I well definitly have to try it some day. I like rum candy so much I'm scared I may one day be an alcoholic (rumaholic).
WUVIE (author)  the_burrito_master2 years ago
Hmm. Rum candy. Now there is one I have to try, thanks!
Omg even tho it's non alcoholic, the first few I had i hated and then I got addicted to them XD. I've got to get some more.
urnaa2 years ago
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sunshiine2 years ago
Another wonder???? Must make this one also! Thanks for sharing! Have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
jongscx2 years ago
I would love to find a cake-mix equivalent to this, using the same methods, but making it more idiot-proof.

Also, have you tried making the other tortuga rum-cake variants? I remember they had like Chocolate, Pineapple (almost like pineapple upside-down doused in rum), and coconut I think...
jongscx,
to be honest (and not to detract from what looks like a lovely recipe by WUVIE) i just make a boxed chocolate cake (any kind) and then douse it with malibu or parrot coconut rum, no glaze, just pure rum. Like WUVIE, i use a little bit at a time. People rave about this cake, especially if i make it in cupcake style. If you make cupcakes, i recommend the aluminum liners so the rum doesn't soak through the liner. It's a lot less steps and IMHO better than a tortuga cake b/c it's fresh...those tortuga cakes are fun in the carribean, and make great souvenirs, but if i'm craving a rum cake, i just whip up that rather than ordering one from amazon. BTW WUVIE, if you want to try one, you can order them from amazon, it's actually cheaper than buying them in the Cayman Islands...I discovered that trick and the year I went i didn't even have to lug back the souvenirs, i just ordered them and shipped them to my house and to my friends :)

I think WUVIE's recipe is worth a try though, the butter glaze sounds delicious!
WUVIE (author)  jongscx2 years ago
Oh my gosh, Jong, the other flavors, indeed! I would love to try the banana and coconut as well. It seems like I've seen something about a cake mix, I'll see if I can find it for you.
riff raff2 years ago
And definitely the rest of the rum. Arrrrr! *wink*
WUVIE (author)  riff raff2 years ago
:-) Riff Raff, bring a glass, and we'll do just that!
WUVIE (author)  WUVIE2 years ago
Wait, let's skip the glass. Hand me the bottle.
skyisblu2 years ago
I love this cake! My parents bring me one back for me whenever they cruise past the Cayman Islands, as well as a bottle of rum...I know what I'm going to be baking!
WUVIE (author)  skyisblu2 years ago
Oooh, Skyisblu, lucky you, I'd love to try the original!
What a perfect dessert for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19th! It's practically a religious observance in our house.
WUVIE (author)  starshipminivan2 years ago
Starship, thank you so much for mentioning that!
I'll add that to the Instructable!

Thanks!
wkuace2 years ago
I saw tortuga and rum and figured it had to do with Jack Sparrow!. Still sounds good though, I'll have to make it sometime
WUVIE (author)  wkuace2 years ago
LOL. I admit, I had to ask hubby who Jack Sparrow was. Thanks, Wkuace!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
I love it. I love desserts you have to wait to eat. Builds the enjoyment!
WUVIE (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Hello Schoochmarro! (Love the name) Thank you so much!
glaikind2 years ago
I have had the original Tortuga Rum cake (in the beautiful bright yellow box) and it's one of my all time favorites. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I can't WAIT to try it!
WUVIE (author)  glaikind2 years ago
Glaikind, how I wish I could try the original. I'll bet it is simply wonderful!
Banditbill2 years ago
Begin Uncontrolled drooling....Loved the Original and now have to make it. You be a fine pirate ye dirty skaliwag.
WUVIE (author)  Banditbill2 years ago
Aye, Banditbill, ye best be grabbin' yer fork!
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