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Sunday, 17 February 2008

Rosie’s Tropical Dark Rum Loaf Cake

Rosie’s Tropical Dark Rum Loaf Cake

This recipe came about from a few glace cherries that I had. I haven’t baked a loaf cake in a while and these little red jewels gave me a good idea of what to add to them in a bake such as, desiccated coconut, bananas, dark brown sugar and dark rum. I am sure there are many more combinations here for this loaf cake recipe by adding chopped nuts, chocolate chunks and Malibu [coconut liqueur] instead of dark rum, but I’ll leave that for next time when I bake another loaf cake with glace cherries.

It takes approximately 1¼ hours to bake and the aroma when baked smells delightful. It’s an easy bake, but don’t be fooled by its plainness! Here you have all those tropical flavours mingling to make one very gorgeous loaf cake to enjoy with a lovely cup of tea or coffee for a mid morning snack or afternoon tea! I know Mr R sometimes also enjoys a slice of loaf cake just thinly buttered with his cup of tea.

Rosie’s Tropical Dark Rum Loaf Cake sliced

Rosie’s Tropical Dark Rum Loaf Cake

100g (4 oz) glace cherries, washed and patted dry then quartered
50g (2 oz) desiccated coconut
3 tbsp dark rum
2 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
175g (6 oz) soft dark brown sugar
100g (4 oz) softened butter
3 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g (8 oz) self-raising flour – sieved
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

You will need a 900g (2lb) loaf tin greased with a little butter and lined with greaseproof paper.


Preheat oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.

In a small mixing bowl add the washed and patted dry quartered glace cherries with the desiccated coconut and dark rum with a spoon mix the ingredients through. Add a tablespoon of flour from the sifted flour ingredient and mix through gently, this helps to stop the cherries from sinking when baking and leave aside. The rum will mingle into the fruit and coconut.

In a large mixing bowl add the butter and brown sugar, beat with a wooden spoon until fluffy and lighter in colour. Add a little at a time of the beaten egg beating well with each addition until fully combined. Next, add the vanilla extract and beat through. Fold through the mashed banana and then fold through the cherry mixture in the bowl that was put aside. Add the sifted flour and nutmeg and again fold through gently until fully incorporated.

Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and smooth over with a spatula. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 1¼ hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean without any mixture clinging to it. If the top is browning to quickly place a piece of brown baking paper over the top to help it from burning.

Leave to cool in the tin for at least 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. You can leave the cake in the tin to fully cool if you don’t fancy turning it out hot and risk it breaking. Peel away the greaseproof paper when completely cold.

Serve sliced with a lovely cup of tea or coffee.


Maria said...

This is one gorgeous loaf Rosie, I can just imagine the scent of all the different ingredients. Now where is my slice? hehehe


Donna said...

Do you do FedEx??? LOL...Delicious!! hughugs

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, awe thanks sweetie and of course you can have a slice if I can have a slice of your wonderful choc banana nut bundit :)

Hi Donna, heehee FredEx love it!!! Hugs back to you sweetie :D

Many thanks ladies for your very kind comments and taking the time to call by!

Rosie x

Sagari said...

love your cake loaf a lot rosie

Rosie said...

Hi Sagari, awe thank you!! You are very sweet :D

Many thanks for calling by too!

Rosie x

Antonia said...

Yummy-looking loaf-cake, Rosie. I often make loaf-cakes - they are perfect for taking to work and slicing up to have with a cup of tea, mid-morning. I'll have to give this one a try!

Cakelaw said...

Rosie, this looks so good studded with the bright red cherries. It's morning tea time now, and boy I would love a slice of this with my tea. Shame that I can't just wish it out of my computer (sigh) ...

Dhivya said...

wow...woderful rosie....pic looks yummy and delicious..thanks for dropping by

Cakespy said...

Ooh, perfect for the winter--this makes me think warm thoughts. Looks gorgeous Rosie!

ruthEbabes said...

This looks so tasty. Someone made a similar loaf for me last week which I've finished, seeing yours has made me want some more!

Rosie said...

Hi Antonia, totally agree loaf cakes are a good form of transporting in lunch boxes for work. I hope you will try this one out too :D

Hi Cakelaw, the times I wished the same when I have viewed your wonderful bakes! :D

Hi Dhivya, awe thank you what a lovely comment! :D

Hi Cakespy, hubby will be packing a slice for his break at work to ward off the cold with a hot cup of tea :D

Hi Ruth, sometimes hubby just likes a simple loaf cake for a change. Hope to hear more of your loaf cake too :D

Many thanks ladies for your lovely comments and taking the time to call by!

Rosie x

Pixie said...

I'd love a slice with my cup of tea today. Sounds wonderful, as always!

Rosie said...

Hi Pixie, ahh thanks for your lovely kind words and also for popping by! :D

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Rosie, the colours are so nice in this cake! I should try baking in my loaf tin soon! :) You're such an inspiration.

Rosie said...

Hi curiousfoodie, what a wonderful compliment, thank you! :D

As much as I adore icing cakes, I find it's nice to ring the changes once in a while and bake something plain but packs flavour.

Many thanks once again you're such a sweetie! :D Always lovely to *see* you here.

Rosie x

David Hall said...

Rosie - can we marry please?


Happy cook said...

I love loaf cakes like this. And with cherries they are just great. I've never added coconut in it.
Do you know the funny series Did you rang me Lord. There the cook Mrs Lipton always make charry cake and when i make my hubby says yeah she is making Mrs Liptons Cherry cake.
This looks delicious Rosie.
Oh and did you see what jame Martin made saturday. With banana and pastry and caramel ... :-)))

Ivy said...

Hi Rosie, first of all congratulations on your award. You really deserve it because you are cake looks so good and it's as if I can smell all those flavourings now.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

rum + cake = gimme it!

Dhanggit said...

this is intoxicating rosie!! i wouldnt mind having rhum when its gorgeously sprinkled over this beautiful loaf cake!! yum!!

Rosie said...

Hi David, *whispering* heehee, we’ll have to keep it a secret – just between you and I! :D

Hi Happy, Mrs Lipton’s cherry cake, oh that’s funny, we all must have saying in each others families for certain things and it’s lovely for you to share this with me :D James Martin I did see him making that gorgeous banana, caramel pastry, didn’t it look delicious ……mmmmmm

Hi Ivy, bless you that is so sweet of you! :D

Hi aforkfulofspaghetti, awe I wish I could pass you a loaf cake over sweetie! :D

Hi Dhanggit, I couldn’t drink rum but don’t mind it in cooking or baking strange person that I am lol

Many thanks for calling by and for your lovely comments!

Rosie x

teeth whitener said...

This looks great! I can't wait to give this a try with a cup of earl grey.

Pixie said...

You've been already 'E' from me as well sweetie.

Half Baked said...

Mmmmm Looks yummy!

Ivy said...

Rosie, Congratulations for another award.

Uma said...

Love them! Makes me eat one from the pic.

White On Rice Couple said...

Pixie led us here and so glad she did. Rum makes us happy anytime, especially in desserts. Looks so moist and wonderful!

Rosie said...

Hi Teeth Whitener, welcome and thanks for your lovely comment! :D

Hi Pixie, awe many thanks sweetie, you’re so kind :D

Hi Half Baked, ahhh thanks :D

Hi Ivy, awe thank you, you are such a sweetie :D

Hi Uma, ahhh bless you sweetie :D

Hi W O R, Welcome thank you for calling by :D Heehee I only have to have a sniff of a drink and I’m a gonna, have to have my fix in a food lol I have added you to my blog roll great site you have!! :D

Thank you all for popping by and lovely to *see* you all! :D

Rosie x