It’s December the festive month! Time for Christmas, shopping, gifts and snow!!!
Last Friday I was in my office, it was quite dark outside and as usual I was eager to go home but needed to finish something before I could leave for the day. One of my colleagues walked in to my cube and said “did you notice it’s snowing outside”. I jumped out of my chair and went out to take a look at season’s first snow. I went out of the office building, stood there in the dark, it was freezing cold and the little, light, small pearl drops were falling on me. I was there as long as I could and then came running back inside the building. I know it sound stupid but it felt good!!
I was hoping if only I had my camera with me I would have clicked some pictures. All I had was my mobile camera which would definitely not do any justice to the snow. Then again something is better than nothing! Thanks to the modern mobile technology I came back to my cube took my
mobile camera and went out again to try and capture a moment that I can share. I wasn’t sure whether next morning I will be able to see some snow or not. I took few and this was the best of the lot.
I came back home and after dinner I had to bake a cake ( it was my birthday after all!) but was thinking what best would go with this weather. The suggestion came from my better half, “anything with alcohol would be nice ;)”. Hence decided! I found the recipe online, started baking and after an hour or so, my house was full with the baking aroma. I think everyone likes that!
The recipe suggested that the cake tastes even better the next day, so I left the cake out of the oven and went to bed. Next morning when I woke up and looked out side this is what I saw and this time I had my camera with me :) Enjoy the photos!
After half an hour of photoshoot I realized its time for some breakfast and in this case its the rum cake. To match the weather outside I thought a frosting of icing sugar would be ideal for the cake and here you go!!
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp lemon zest
1/2 cup dark rum
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
For Rum Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup water
Melt the butter, add the sugar to it and start beating (I used an electronic mixer). When the mixture becomes pale in colour add the eggs and continue beating. Now add the vanilla extract, lemon zest and the rum to the mixture and mix well. Now in a separate bowl add all the dry ingredient give it a stir and start adding in to the wet mixture slowly while continue beating until it becomes a homogeneous mixture.
Pre heat the oven to 180 degree C. Grease a baking tin with butter or spray oil. Pour the cake mixture in to it and bake for 50 minutes or until it passes the skewer’s test. Bring it out from the oven and let it cool. Make the rum syrup by boiling all the ingredients together. Pierce the cake multiple times and pour the syrup on the cake. Let it cool completely.
BTW, I had a beautiful birthday and you know what, I didn’t cook a thing on that day!