A Brief History of Rum Cakes

Did you know that almost 70% of Americans prefer a drinkable dessert rather than an eatable one?

What if you could have the best of both worlds? Rum cake is one of the best desserts of all time. If you've never had it before, then you're sure to become a fan after your first bite.

Rum cake is more than a unique dessert because it also comes with a rich history. Are you wondering what it is and where it came from? Keep reading to learn all about rum cakes with this brief yet fascinating history.

What Is Rum Cake?

Otherwise known as black cake, this dessert captures the essence of rum in a delicious way. While there are plenty of rum cake recipes out there, the traditional way of making them involves soaking dried fruit in alcohol for as long as possible, often months at a time.

Afterward, the fruit is used in a dough that also includes sugar and is then put in boiling water to caramelize. Many people compare the taste and texture of rum cake with fruitcake, except rum cake often has a lighter texture.

Nowadays, there's a wide variety of rum cakes for all seasons and tastebuds. If you want the best-tasting rum cake, then it's important to use a rum of high quality.

If you decide to sneak a few sips of Pusser's Rum as you bake your first rum cake, we certainly won't blame you.

Rum Cake Origins

Rum cake dessert can be traced to the festival season in the Caribbean. However, the true origin goes further back than that. A precursor of rum cake existed in Britain well before and only became the rum cake we know and loved today when British colonialists settled in the Caribbean.

Since the climate there is much hotter and more humid than in Britain, they had to use typical preservation methods to ensure the dessert didn't go bad. The best way to preserve food at that time involved a combination of sugar and alcohol. This ended up turning the British figgy pudding into a full-fledged black cake.

Figgy pudding is also known as Christmas pudding and isn't the pudding that Americans know and enjoy. Instead, it's closer to a fruit cake but it's made especially for the holiday season, hence the reason why it's associated with Caribbean festivals now.

Are You Ready to Enjoy Rum Cakes?

Now that you've learned all about the history of rum cakes, you can appreciate them even more once it's time to have a delicious dessert. You could even try baking a rum cake of your own if you're throwing a special occasion soon.

The best rum cake needs the best rum. In that case, look no further than Pusser's Rum. From Blue Label and Gunpowder Proof to rum that's aged 15 years, you'll never want another brand once you taste ours.

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