Cook1 hr 5 mins
A festive pound cake with eggnog, your choice of currants, raisins or my favorite dried cranberries, with an orange, rum glaze
- 1⁄2 cup dried currants or 1⁄2 cup raisins or 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons dark rum or 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg, fresh grated is best
- 1 cup eggnog (store bought)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon orange zest (grated)
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- Soak currents or raisins or cranberries in rum for 15 minutes.
- Using electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter until creamy 30-40 seconds. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy 5 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- In separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
- Measure eggnog and add vanilla.
- At low speed add dry ingredients in 4 additions, alternating with eggnog, begin with and end with dry ingredients. Scrape bowl occasionally.
- Fold in orange zest, currants and remaining liquid.
- Spoon batter into prepared 10 inch bundt pan. Bake at 325 for 55-65 minutes, check with toothpick, if toothpick comes out clean, it's done.
- Remove from oven and cool upright in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes.
- Prepare glaze blending together oj, sugar and rum.
- Invert cake onto a wax paper covered rack. Use pastry brush to brush the surface of the cake with glaze. Cool completely.
Very good cake. I used Amaretto instead of rum so it wouldn't be too strong - and it was subtle. It is nice that it did not compete with the mild eggnog flavor. I subbed 1/4 cup of the butter with applesauce, and reduced the sugar by 25%, since we don't like things too sweet. I forgot the glaze, but it actually didn't need it. This makes a nice light soft cake with 12 regular size pieces. Thanks!
I had seen this recipe on another site, and came back to Zaar for a second opinion. I fixed this exactly as written, no changes, and paid heed to the reviews and it looks incredible. There was a tiny bit that broke off the edge while I was glazing it, and from that little bite, I can tell it will be wonderful..I am taking it to an annual "after the holidays" dinner with friends tomorrow, so I haven't allowed anyone into this yet, but I'm so positive it will be wonderful. Thanks for posting.
For the cake I left out the dried fruit, rum, and orange zest. I made this for a church lunch and many people went back for a second slice. I got lots of complments on both looks and taste. I'm going to start making this (minus the fruit) every year. I did paint the cake with glaze (adding more rum and less orange juice). It would have still been great without the glaze, but the glaze does add a nice "bite" to the edges. I sprinkled the cake with powdered sugar and nutmeg and lightly drizzled it with caramel sauce. Next time I might garnish it with strawberries or cranberries. Also, make sure to beat the butter and sugar for a while. Otherwise you'll have a more dense and dry cake.