|We taste a lot of rum cake. Some of it does not pass the taste test of a picky palate. Some lines taste artificially flavored—or don’t taste like very much at all.
Island Treasures Gourmet rum cake—rum-infused pound cakes in Banana, Chocolate, Cinnamon Pecan Streusel Coconut, Lemon, Raspberry, Vanilla (Original)—is the latest we’ve tasted, and it’s good.
We enjoyed all of the flavors except Raspberry, which obviously appeals to a lot of people or they wouldn’t be selling it. We felt that the raspberry flavor needs some tweaking.
The cakes are very lightly infused with rum—just a touch. Some people may not even realize it’s there, it so harmoniously blends with the buttery pound cake. This brand will appeal to those who don’t like a liquor-soaked cake.
While we ate every bite and called for more, we do like “soaked” rum cakes, so we made a batch of rum syrup to pour over it. We preferred it; most of the other tasters enjoyed the cakes as is—without the syrup.
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|Rum Syrup Recipe
1. Bring 1 cup sugar and 1-1/2 cups water to a boil. Stir constantly until sugar has dissolved; then stop stirring.
You also can serve the cake in simple slices at any time of day, or make a fancier dessert with plain or rum-infused ice cream and a side of berries, sliced peaches, bananas or other fruit.
The cakes are available in a 32-ounce size bundt and a 5-ounce mini loaf that serves one cake enthusiast or two people who want a smaller piece. Read the full review of Island Treasure Gourmet Rum Cakes.
Find more of our favorite cakes and recipes in our Gourmet Cakes section.
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