This 6” round cake had half a bottle of rum in it (between the frosting and the rum-caramel syrup that the cake is soaked in). My 7-year-old asked if he could eat some of the leftover frosting. I had to answer with an emphatic “Oh GOD no.”
So, I was up until 2:15 last night. (Which I realize isn’t unusual for the average Tumblr user - I have been there! - but I have children after all.) I had a cake and a batch of cupcakes scheduled for today, and a wedding cake scheduled for tomorrow, but the wedding somehow ended up changing days at the last minute, and I all of a sudden had to have a wedding cake ready 24 hours sooner than originally anticipated. I had planned on baking it today and finishing it up tomorrow morning; I ended up doing it all last night. It took around 4 hours just to BAKE it. You can probably tell from this photo that the layers slid apart a bit because I didn’t wait long enough for them to cool before assembling them…what can I say, it was 1am. Stuff like that happens when things are rushed.
So, I poured some rum into a pot to make syrup to pour over a cake. Then I thought, NO, I should caramelize the sugar first! So I poured the rum back out of the pot, but didn’t rinse it before I attempted to caramelize the sugar.
Um, that may have been a mistake.