Rum-Soaked Sponge Cake with Tropical Fruit

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Rum-Soaked Sponge Cake with Tropical FruitRecipe
Photography: Becky-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Both the cake and fruit mixture chill overnight so the cake can absorb the rum and the sugar can soften and sweeten the fruit. A thin layer of custard tops the moist cake.
12 servings (serving size: 1 cake slice and about 1/4 cup fruit mixture)


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Cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark rum
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 (5-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
1 cup cubed pineapple
1 cup cubed peeled kiwifruit
1 cup cubed peeled ripe mango
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup egg substitute
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375°.

To prepare cake, coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with wax paper; coat wax paper with cooking spray. Set pan aside.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, salt, and eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed 2 minutes. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until thick and pale (about 3 minutes). Sift flour over egg mixture, 1/4 cup at a time; fold in. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.

Combine the rum, condensed milk, and evaporated milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Pierce top of entire cake with a skewer. Pour rum mixture evenly over top of cake in two batches, beginning at outer edge and working inward. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Run a knife or spatula around outside edge of cake. Place a serving plate upside down on top of cake; invert onto plate.

To prepare fruit, combine the pineapple, kiwifruit, mango, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

To prepare custard, place egg substitute in a bowl, and set aside. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Gradually add 1/2 cup fat-free milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; gradually stir one-fourth of hot-milk mixture into egg substitute. Add to the remaining hot-milk mixture, stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat 1 minute or until thick. Remove from heat. Spoon custard into a bowl, and place bowl in a large ice-filled bowl for 10 minutes or until custard comes to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Remove bowl from ice. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; spread custard over cake. Serve with fruit mixture.

Created date

November 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 255
Caloriesfromfat 8 %
Fat 2.2 g
Satfat 0.6 g
Monofat 0.7 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 8.2 g
Carbohydrate 48.2 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 98 mg
Calcium 158 mg