Archive | October, 2007

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with Spiced Buttered Rum Glaze

31 Oct


I have an odd aversion to bundt cakes that is tied specifically to Ms. Muehe’s Spring 2003 AP Calculus class. There was a day in class that we thought we were having a party – Ms. Muehe told us to bring bundt cakes to class. This was going to be awesome, an hour and a half of cake was my kind of way to spend a class period. The next day, we brought our cakes, BUT before we could eat them, we had to devise some crazy integrals to figure out the volume of the cakes and then the volume of specific slices before they ended up in our mouths. This was not so fun. Oh, how I should have paid better attention in the days prior, this was the one time in my life that I would wish I knew the disk method to find the volume of the revolution about the bundt cake axis by summing cylinders of infinitesmal width about its axis. I never again have hoped for this knowledge and probably never will again. Long story short, my Calculus buddy (and four-years-later-to-be-husband) calculated my volume and I got to eat my piece of cake and the better part of his 🙂

The sweet potato in this cake makes it very moist without the decadence of adding extra butter or oil to get that moist texture. The recipe also incorporates in-season sweet potatoes, and the spiced rum is reminiscent of other fall favorites like apple cider. It would be great served with coffee for breakfast when you’ve got a house full of holiday guests.

Also, for those of you who are wondering, I am going to ignore the fact that I haven’t posted in a while and just move forward from here. Thanks.


Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with Spiced Buttered Rum Glaze

recipe courtesy of Dave Lieberman .

For the batter:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups cooked sweet potato meat (about 2 sweet potatoes)

3 eggs

3/4 cup warm water

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup golden raisins

1 cup toasted walnuts, crushed

For the glaze:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 to 3 tablespoons spiced rum

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.Lightly grease a 10-cup bundt pan.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set the mixture aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, mash the sweet potato, leaving only a slight meaty texture.

Whisk together the sweet potato and the eggs.

Whisk in the warm water, then the sugar, then the oil followed by the vanilla extract.

Stir in the dry ingredients until homogenous then fold in raisins and walnuts.

Spoon the batter into the prepared bundt pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Let the cake cool in the tin for 15 minutes and invert onto a serving platter or cake stand.

Meanwhile, make the glaze:

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan (or in the microwave) with the rum.

Pull from the heat and whisk in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

Pour the glaze over the cooled cake. Slice and serve.


on pain and suffering

26 Oct

So I started this cooking blog months ago, which is great for my #1 hobby (cooking) and my #2 hobby (eating), but I am having some need inside of me to write about things other than pb&j bars and banana cake muffins and though these things are wonderful, we also know that the Israelites lived on manna for ages and hobbies aren’t everything. Saltimbocca will remain updated with tasty confections and it will be here that I attempt to explain the things seen by my minds eye and heard in the depths of my heart.

The past week or so, the realities of life and death and pain and suffering have been made more apparent to me than ever before, not because of anything in me personally, but in others. I think God is teaching me about compassion and about the faith in believers whose health and emotions are stretched to the greatest end. I am reading about friends, and friends of friends, who are hurting because their health is entrenched in sickness or their lives are bridled with loss, but their eyes, through tears, look to God. What a beautiful picture that our lives are not our own–to look through our strife to see God waiting for us at the end, to see the promise of heaven and an eternal saviour. This then, begins to pain my heart more–for those who are suffering and hurting and are without a hope, or rather who have their hope in a world that fails them, in doctors who fail them, in medicine that fails them, in relationships that end in fights, in possessions that are looted, in a company that restructures, in money that vanishes with a plummeting investment…

God had a great message for us on Sunday through Matt (click to listen), drawing attention to the fact that 1. people need Jesus, 2. sometimes God calls us to help facilitate people knowing Jesus, 3. if God calls you to help facilitate–if God tells you to go talk with someone, to go off your beaten path today because there is someone who needs to see you elsewhere–then God is already at work in that person’s heart. The act of someone’s salvation is not in your hands, the eloquence of your speech will not make or break someone’s heart. So take the pressure off, follow God, and don’t be afraid to say something when He asks you to.

All of these things comprise what’s going on in my head. This weekend will be a good one, we’re helping Jon’s grandparents move, spending time with some fun little boys on Saturday night while mom and dad have a night out, and then we get to hang out and have all sorts of fellowship on Sunday. Can’t wait 🙂

Here’s a photo of Jon and I from last weekend: