Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mmmmmmmm Cake!

Do you ever find yourself reading a great book, and then suddenly the author talks just a little too fondly, a little too vividly, about food? I'm reading "South of Broad," by Pat Conroy, a fantastic book!

And in the first pages, he talks about making a recipe from a Junior League Cookbook for the neighbors. Well, I have a couple of Junior League cookbooks (which I don't understand; I mean, who exactly IS the Junior League?) and the mentioned recipe was not in either book.

But I perused the recipes anyway, and oh, my! This one called my name:

It doesn't look like much, and is deceptively easy to make. It's the Chocolate Cake with Rum Butter Sauce from the Junior League Centennial Book. Except instead of using rum, I used amaretto, and reduced the brown sugar. And tonight, when we have more, I'm adding some delicious dried cherries that I happen to have.

2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 c granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c flour

Rum Butter Sauce
1 c heavy cream
3/4 c packed light brown sugar (I reduced the amount to about 1/2 c)
1 stick butter
3 T dark rum (I used amaretto)
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325. Butter 9" springform pain.

For cake: Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler. Cool to room temperature. Beat eggs 3 to 4 min. Gradually beat in sugar about 5 minutes. Beat in vnailla, salt and cooled chocolate mixture. On low speed, blend in flour. Pour into pan. Bake 30 to 35 min. Cool on wire rack in pan.

Sauce: combine cream, sugar and butter in saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently until it boils. Boil 5 min, stirring occasionally. Remove form heat. Stir in rum and vanilla.

To serve: spoon a moderate (lots) amount of warm sauce on a rimmed dessert plate. Top with wedge of cake. Consider cherries, whipped cream, or spoonful of vanilla ice cream. Eat and lick dish.


KRISTIE said...

My sister was in junior legue
And don't read anything by joanne fluke, she gives lots of yummy recipes in her novels

Joanne said...

I read that book and enjoyed it very much! And that looks scrumptious!!

Jane said...

I don't know anything about the Junior League, but that looks Yummy.

Yolanda said...


Maria said...

Drooling! That's what I'm doing right now! I can see just making some of that glaze and using it on everything: Vanilla cake, chocolate cake, cupcakes, spaghetti . . . maybe not spaghetti.

That cake looks wonderful and I love the pretty hydrangea plate.

Denita said...

That not only looks good, it sounds good! Enjoy!!!

Cheri said...

looks yummy!

Reds said...

Oh my - that looks sinful!! Thanks for the recipe - might have to try that soon! Wonder how many WW points that might be ;)

Jeanne said...

Don't know a thing about the Junior League, but that cake looks great!

Beth said...

I have no idea what Junior League is, either. I suspect it's not a West Coast activity:) Any cake that calls for rum or amaretto sounds good to me!

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