Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Puerto Rican Chocolate Rum Cake and My First Giveaway!

Can you believe, it has been over a year since I started this blog and I have yet to do a giveaway?!

When I was asked if I would like to review and giveaway the new cookbook World of Cakes by non-other than Krystina Castella , you know her from the famous Booze Cakes cookbook, I was excited to accept!

My only problem was trying to decide which cake to make for y'all!

This book goes way beyond just recipes for yummy sounding cakes, Krystina shares all her knowledge of cakes from around the world and each cake recipe comes with a complete history. For those of us with a sweet tooth all year-around, she gives a list of every cake holiday throughout the year and from which country the cake or tradition originated.

In the spirit of the approaching summer and dreams of sipping a sweet rum punch on the beach, I decided to make a rum cake! And what is the only way to make a rum cake better?

Adding chocolate!

Puerto Rican Chocolate Rum Cake


1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon Puerto Rican rum
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Rum Sauce:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup Puerto Rican rum

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a bundt cake pan or five individual bundt pans, set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter till creamy, then add sugar and beat till fluffy. Add in sweetened condensed milk and rum, mix till incorporated scraping sides and bottom when needed. Slowly add in flour mixture, just until blended. Add in the eggs, one at a time and mixing after each addition. Add in chocolate chunks and mix with a spatula. Pour cake batter into prepared pan/s and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour for large pan or 35 to 45 minutes for small pans. Cake is done when a toothpick entered in center of cake comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and begin to cool.

To prepare rum sauce, combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, while stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove sugar water from stove and let cool for a few minutes. Add in rum and use immediately.

The only thing I changed from her recipe, is my secret trick to rum cakes: pouring the rum sauce over the top of the cake while it is still hot in the bundt pan. Let the rum sauce soak slowly into the cake and by the time the cake is cooled, all the rum sauce is gone! If you prefer to stick to the original recipe, once the cake has cooled remove from pan and pour the rum sauce over the cake, let it sit for at least 6 hours before you serve it.

This cake did not disappoint! It contains all the moistness that you would expect from a rum soaked cake, but also nice richness from the cocoa and added chocolate chunks.

So for those interested in getting your hands on a copy of Krystina's World of Cakes...

  • leave a comment and don't forget to include your email!
To get receive additional entries you can do any of the following and leave a comment letting me know:
  • follow the blog 
  • follow me on twitter @squirrelbakes
  • tweet about the giveaway
Deadline to enter is Monday, May 30th at 11:59pm CDT. A winner will be chosen at random and has 48 hours to respond with a US shipping address.

UPDATE: Congrats to Kelly @ KraftedbyKelly

Good Luck and Happy Baking!


  1. Sounds amazing! And I love her and her books!

  2. And I already follow you on Twitter. :)

  3. The cake looks fabulous! Chocolate and rum? How could you go wrong :) And congrats on your first giveaway! How exciting :) I just wish I could enter, but I don't live in the US. So don't consider this comment in your giveaway, but I just wanted to drop a note anyways :) Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

  4. I'm sorry I can't participate in your beautiful giveaway (Italy is far far away), but congrats for your blog-iversary!
    I have nothing to add on the cake... chocolate and rum is simply perfect (also the typical dessert here in Piedmont has this combination of ingredients)!

  5. I have had this book on my wish-list for a while now. The reviews I have seen have been really good and I don't think you can go wrong with a chocolate rum cake.

  6. I already follow your blog.

    allthatsleftarethecrumbs at gmail dot com.

  7. I am not living in US so I cannot participate in your giveaway but you have my support. Your cake looks awesome and I am sure it tastes as good as it looks.

  8. Woe, does that look moist and delicious!!! Lovely cake~

  9. Great idea to pour the rum sauce over while cake is still warm. I have the Booze Cakes cookbook and would love to win The World of Cake. Thanks for having a giveaway.

  10. I tweeted about your post and giveaway.

  11. What a gorgeous looking cake...and what a fun giveaway. Thanks!

  12. I hope I win! This looks like such a fun cookbook.

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  13. I already follow your blog.

  14. Am now following your twitter (I'm @swtshanti)

    Fingers crossed!

  15. That cake looks great--especially the chunks of chocolate inside!

  16. What a great book and recipe! Boozy chocolate cake is hard to beat :-)

  17. Yay Cake! Oh how I LOVE cake!
    Awesome giveaway.

  18. What a perfect looking cake!

  19. Wow, that cake looks delicious! I just bought a pan like that recently, so this cake is a perfect excuse to break it in! :-)

  20. That looks delicious!
    rncstrong at gmail dot com

  21. Time flies huh? Ive heard a lot of great things about this book. I follow you on the twitter :D

  22. i'm making this!! i'll use white choc instead of dark and tell you how it came out....xxcited!! and of course i'll use Indian rum :(

  23. I love trying new recipes out.

  24. following on twitter @avrilsgranny

  25. Hoping so much this book would be my first ever baking book :).

  26. Sadly I'm not in the US so can't enter but I will definitely look the book up. I've never used condensed milk in a cake before - hmmmmmm...

  27. Oh what a beautiful cake!! I love boozy sweets :). It sounds fantastic!

  28. We have so much in common! Love your blog and would love this cookbook for my collection!!!


  29. This cake cookbook looks great...something I'd really enjoy trying out!

  30. ...and I also follow you on Twitter...

  31. Oh my, your cake looks so delicious! Thanks for the fun.


  32. I follow with GFC.


  33. This souns amaaaaazing! I love rum cake, it's probably my favorite, so I can only imagine how good this must be with chocolate!

  34. Recently found your blog through Foodbuzz and now follow you via my Google Reader. And now I also have Chocolate Waffles on the brain! :)

  35. This cake looks great! It looks chocolatey and moist!

  36. Love your blog...this cake sounds Da-Lish! I can't wait to make it at home.

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  38. Sounds amazing must try soon

  39. I love pastries! I just want to say your blog has taught me allot. I try to visit every week to see new updates you might have. Thanks and keep up the good work!

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