Bacardi Rum Holiday Celebration Cake
3 cup  all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cup  granulated sugar
1/2 cup  packed light brown sugar
2 tsp  baking powder
1/2 tsp  salt
1 cup  (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2/3 cup  milk
1/3 cup  bacardi gold rum, flavored rum, or other spirit
3   eggs
2 cup  chopped pecans (divided use)
  rum glaze (recipe follows)
preheat oven to 350 degrees f. grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. 
combine flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a mixer. add 
butter and mix on low speed until butter is worked in completely; the 
mixture will have a sandy appearance. in a small bowl, combine milk, rum, 
and eggs. whisk to blend. with mixer on low, add milk mixture to dry 
ingredients and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. stir in 11/2 cups 
pecans. pour batter evenly into pan. bake 55 to 60 minutes, until top of 
cake springs back when touched. while the cake is baking, make rum glaze. 
when cake is done, remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes in pan. invert 
the cake onto a rack with a large plate underneath. with a wooden skewer 
or toothpick, pierce cake all over, spacing marks about 1 inch apart. 
spoon reserved rum syrup over cake to soak in. transfer cake to a clean 
plate and pour thickened glaze over top. immediately sprinkle with 
reserved pecans. 
makes 16 servings. 
rum glaze: in a saucepan, combine 11/4 cups granulated sugar and 1/3 cup 
water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. add 1/2 cup rum, then 
turn off heat. add 4 tablespoons butter and stir until melted. pour 3/4 
cup of syrup into a separate container for moistening the cake. to the 
syrup in the pan, add 2 cups confectioners' sugar and whisk until blended. 
add 1 more cup confectioners' sugar and whisk until smooth. add up to 1 
more cup confectioners' sugar, as needed to make a thick, pourable glaze. 
note: the cake can be baked and soaked several days in advance; store it 
wrapped in plastic wrap. glaze and decorate the cake the day it will be 
(ID: 9747) Mirror: Fri, Dec 5, 2003

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