Wassail and Rum Cake

A cold and rainy day during the Christmas season is one of my favorite kind of days. So whats better than tomato soup and grill cheese on a cold and rainy day? Wassail and Rum Cake, that’s what!!!

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Ingredients

Wassil

  • 2 quarts  apple cider
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 3 fresh oranges
  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 20-25 whole cloves
  • Spiced rum to taste (optional)

Rum Cake

  • 1 box (about 18 Oz.) Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 package (3.5 Oz.) INSTANT Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Cold Water
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 cup Rum (dark Or Light Is Fine)
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans
  • Brown Sugar (optional)

Glaze

  • 1-1/2 stick Butter
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1-1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cups Rum

Instructions

Wassil

  • Slice oranges in half and push cloves inside the peel
  • Add all juices and place in pot or crock pot
  • Add oranges and cinnamon sticks
  • Simmer on low for 2-4 hours
  • Pour in mug, add a shot of spiced rum if desired

Rum Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Grease and flour a bundt cake pan.
  • Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan. If desired, sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar over the nuts.
  • Mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter into pan over nuts. Smooth out ’til the top is even. Bake for 1 hour, or a little less if the pan is black. Do not overbake!

Glaze

  • While cake has ten minutes to go, make the glaze.
  • Melt butter in saucepan.
  • Stir in water and sugar. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off flame and pour in rum. Stir to combine and reheat for 30 seconds.
  • Remove cake from oven. Immediately drizzle 1/3 of the glaze on the bottom (top) of the cake. Allow to sit    for five minutes.
  • Invert the cake onto a serving plate.
  • Prick surface a hundred times with a fork (gently, please.)
  • Slowly drizzle remaining rum glaze all over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
  • Cool to room temperature before serving to ensure glaze has soaked in.