Oh my! These were best while still warm, but so yummy even after a day when the flavors had a chance to blend. I used currants instead of raisins because that is what I had, and they were just fine. I also made half of the glaze with maple syrup instead of rum. This was almost as good but I liked the rum glaze better. If you choose to make the maple glaze, use it as quickly as possible because it will set, unlike the rum glaze.
Rum-Glazed Sweet Potato Cakes
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
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Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
- 3/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/3 cup dark rum
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups pureed roasted sweet potatoes
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 tablespoons whipping cream
- 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
- 1. Stir together first 2 ingredients. Let stand 30 minutes.
- 2. Meanwhile, beat eggs and granulated sugar at high speed with an electric mixer 2 to 4 minutes or until thick and pale. Add oil and vanilla, beating at low speed just until blended. Add sweet potato puree, beating just until blended and stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
- 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together flour and next 5 ingredients; add to egg mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Drain raisins, reserving rum. Fold raisins into batter. Spoon batter into 3 lightly greased 12-cup Bundt brownie pans, filling each three-fourths full.
- 4. Bake at 350° for 14 to 16 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on lightly greased wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks.
- 5. While cakes are baking, bring brown sugar and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken to a syrup-like consistency. Remove from heat; stir in reserved rum.
- 6. Pierce tops of cakes multiple times using a wooden pick. Dip top halves of cakes in glaze, and hold 1 to 2 seconds (to allow glaze to soak into cakes). Place, glazed sides up, on lightly greased racks. Sprinkle each cake with pecans.
- Note: To puree roasted sweet potatoes, peel potatoes as soon as they are slightly cooled. Press pulp through a wire-mesh strainer with the back of a spoon. You'll need to roast about 1 1/2 lb. potatoes for 2 cups puree.
- Brought to the table by Sheri Castle (adapted from The New Southern Garden Cookbook).
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