So The Kraken rum is dark, smooth, and almost most importantly, comes in a gorgeous bottle. The design and the name inspired my purchase but the rum inspired my baking. I love rum cake. The first time I tried it was a few years ago when a colleague came back from some rum-producing nation and baked us a batch. It was heaven and I’ve made it a couple of times since then. But, baking for a large group means that cakes aren’t particularly fun to haul around, so I tend to cupcake things that might not normally be cupcaked. This is one of those times. Also, full pun-credit must go to Genesis, he is the one who masterminded the Kraken pun. He is also very handsome, this may or may not be unrelated.
Adapted from this all-homemade recipe for Rum Cake.
- 3/4 cup walnuts, crushed
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3 tbsp + 1/2 cup grapeseed or canola oil (low flavour), separated
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup DIY vanilla instant pudding mix (or packaged mix)
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup dark rum (The Kraken)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup dark rum
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line your cupcake tin, and distribute a layer of crushed walnuts (making sure to keep enough for other rounds).
- Cupcakes: In a large bowl cream the sugar and the butter. Add the oil, flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt combining until evenly distributed. Mix in the pudding mix.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, water, rum, vanilla, and remaining oil. Add to the dry mixture and mix well. The batter will be smooth, thinnish, and will pour easily.
- Ladle (a new trick that I should’ve discovered years ago) into the prepared cupcake liners, about 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the cupcakes comes up clean.
- While the cupcakes cool on a rack, prepare the rum syrup.
- Rum syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the rum, butter, water, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat until the butter completely melts and the sugar dissolves. Let reduce slightly, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t boil over, it will bubble a lot.
- Place copious amounts of wax paper under your cupcakes, or even better, a baking sheet (to catch the excess syrup). Spoon the hot rum syrup over the cupcakes and let soak for 8 hours (overnight).