Ingredients

  • 11/3 Cups California Raisins
  • 11/4 Cups Dark Rum
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour*
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs , room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable OIl

Procedure

All ingredients need to be at room temperature before you begin.

 

Put California Raisins and rum in a small saucepan.  Heat uncovered on low until boiling, about 7-10 minutes.  Turn off the heat after boil, set aside, and allow to come to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt in a bowl.   Place butter and dark brown sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest in a kitchen aid bowl fitted with a paddle attachment.  Whip on high speed for five minutes until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla, then add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition.  Mix on high for another three minutes.  Add dry ingredients, in three portions.  Scrape down the sides after each addition.  Do not over mix!  Mix just until combined.

Remove batter from the kitchen aid machine and fold in rum and California Raisins with a spatula.   Grease or oil bundt pan. Pour batter into the bundt pan and smooth top with a spatula.  Tap pan against the table to remove air bubbles and pockets.  Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.   Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack.  The cake can be served warm.

Ideally, invert cake onto a plate, wrap in plastic to mature flavors overnight, and then add the glaze.

Ingredients for Rum Raisins Glaze

  • 1/3 Cup California Raisins
  • 1/3 Cup Dark Rum
  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar, sifted (3/4 cup up to 2 cups) depending on desired consistency and sweetness)
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 TB Milk

 

Glaze:

Heat rum and raisins in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Allow to cool to room temperature. Blend milk with California raisins and rum mixture until smooth.  Whisk together with sifted powdered sugar.  Spoon or pipe onto bundt cake.

*For a Gluten-Free version, substitute all-purpose flour with Gluten-Free 1 to 1 baking flour.

 

Thanks to Kyleen Attonson and Food Heaven for their contributions to this delicious recipe!

 

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Raisins are excellent food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.