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Rum and Prune Cake with Caramel Sauce


I always loved to read Donna Hay's magazine for its fast, fresh and simple recipes and adapted this rich with an irresistible depth of caramel flavour cake from Donna Hay's APR/MAY 2012 issue. I've tweaked the recipe by using all prunes and raisins instead of fresh dates and also have reduced the sugar. The cake turned out deliciously soft with a spike of rum flavour in the cake as well in the caramel sauce. You'll find it hard to resist going back for seconds, and thirds ... mmm, tasted so wonderful with every bite! I've never cooked caramel sauce before and sadly I did not do a good job with it. The caramel sauce was not thick enough to make it stay on the cake instead it seeped through. Anyway this is a perfect cake and it'll serve family and friends well, during the Christmas holidays. 

By the way this will be my last post for 2012. I'll be off blogging from now on and will resume posting on January 2013. If you're not currently subscribed to receive blog post in your email, please do so. When I begin posting again you will be notified personally via email. To subscribe please enter your email address at the subscribe box below. In the meantime, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rum and Prune Cake with Caramel Sauce
    185g Prunes (sweetened pitted), chopped
    60g Raisins
    150g Boiling water 
    100ml Rum
    1 1/4tsp Baking soda
    195g Self raising flour - sifted
    150g Brown sugar
    190g Melted butter
    1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
    5 Eggs (70g each)

    Caramel Sauce
    75g Butter
    100g Brown sugar
    130g Golden syrup
    190g Whipping cream
    45g Rum

  • Preheat oven to 160C. Place the prunes, raisins, boiling water, rum and baking soda in a bowl and set aside for 10 minutes. Then process the prune mixture in a blender until smooth and set aside.
  • Place flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix to combine with a hand whisk.
  • Add in melted butter and vanilla extract and mix well. Then add eggs, mix well again and lastly add the prune mixture into it. Mix well with handwhisk till combined.
  • Spoon mixture into a well-greased with cooking spray - (9 inch) bundt pan and bake for 160 degree C for 35-40 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. 
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the caramel sauce, place the butter, sugar, golden syrup, whipping cream and rum in a sauce pan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Bring to the boil and cook for 12 - 15 minutes or until thickened. Allow sauce to cool for 10 minutes before pouring over the cake to serve.
Hope you have a wonderful day!


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  1. Beautiful and delectable cake , Ann ! That dripping caramel sauce makes my mouth water :D

  2. Ann, this cake is not just beautiful but extremely tasty too. I wish I have it with now with my tea!

  3. 很美丽的蛋糕。那个焦糖很透人的。。。。。。太赞了。

  4. Ann~~

  5. Beautiful Cake! Merry Christmas and Happy 2013

  6. What a perfect cake for the holidays - like a fruitcake, but better!

  7. Lovely cake! It's very "lucious" looking with the caramel sauce pouring over it, haha! Another Christmas delight!

  8. This cake looks yum.... moist and with extra added caramel flavour! Drooling over the clicks!

  9. I love the look of this cake, with the caramel sauce running through it should make it taste really delicious! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too! :)

  10. somehow raisins and prunes never fail to remind me of christmas! love how you did the cake in a bundt and i'm definitely gonna have to try this since I just bought a bundt bun for xmas ;p

  11. Thats an awesome bake Ancoo. New year wishes in advance...

  12. 这个蛋糕一看就感觉很好吃的样子,尤其是那个caramel,爱死了,嘻嘻!


  13. Beautiful and easy to make holiday season cake. Wishing you and family have a wonder Xmas n New Year. I still have one more post on Friday n will be off for my holiday too.... See u next year my friend!

  14. A very nice alternative to traditional Christmas Pudding. Excellent professional quality photography. Merry Christmas and see you again in the New Year.

  15. Ann, that's a beautiful cake! And I love the caramel sauce dripping off the sides :)

  16. Your cake look mouthwatering! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  17. Wow! Indeed a beautiful cake! Blessed Christmas, wonderful holidays and blessed New Year!!!

  18. Ann, I think you missed out golden syrup in your caramel mood already :>

  19. i love this beautiful cake, Ann
    the caramel sauce is great, too!

  20. Ann

    Merry Xmas in advance to your family and you!

    Enjoy the break.

  21. Merry Christmas to you and family too. This cake is so beautifully baked.

  22. Ann, this looks to die for! The caramel sauce is too tempting.

  23. The cake looks beautiful and inviting, must taste good! Happy holidays and see you next year

  24. The cake looks beautiful and inviting, must taste good! Happy holidays and see you next year

  25. Your cake looks really good!
    And so delicious with the dripping caramel!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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  27. Hi, love your recipe. By the way, what is the amount of rum needed for Step 1? If I don't have raisins, can I use those dried mix fruits? Thank you and Merry Christmas

  28. A wonderful cake to end the year! Great flavors, and I think the thinner caramel that seeps into the cake is gorgeous!

  29. Beautiful!! Anne, you always wow me with your food presentation and photos. Your cake looks delicious! Thank you for linking your recipe to my Holiday Recipe Exchange! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year♥

  30. another lovely cake from you! I think I can see the caramel sauce dripping down in front of my laptop screen :D so tempting!!

  31. your caramel makes it look even more tempting! Happy holidays and Merry christmas to you, ann!

  32. Happy Holidays and I look forward to your return. Awesome cake perfect for Christmas.

  33. Beautiful cake. I can imagine all the lovely flavour there. Love it! It's quite like the famous Scottish sticky toffee pudding. Now I'm craving for it! :D Hope to make that one day. So good with a cup of tea......mmmm. Wish you a most wonderful Christmas season!

  34. Hi Ann, your prune cake look so delectable and awesome. Love the texture, it look so nice and the sauce look so tempting.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  35. Ann,
    This cake is looks so lovely with the caramel sauce rolling down from the side of the cake.
    I bet this must be very delish. Hope i can have a piece now..LOL

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  36. I just love that action shot with the caramel pouring down on this lovely cake. I've been off blogging for awhile too, but I don't have my working computer yet! I miss everyone. See you soon Ann.

  37. ✫✫✫
    Receita deliciosaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    "Que o Natal seja mais um momento
    em que as pessoas acreditem
    que vale a pena viver um Ano Novo!!!"

    Feliz Natal!!!

    (⁀‵⁀,) ✫✫✫
    .•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫✫ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  38. Oh wow, I bought a huge bag of prunes, and I want to use them. This seems like a perfect way! Merry Christmas :)

  39. Love your passion for baking :)
    Here i would like to ask about the third step which is - add the prune mixture into in. Do i need to rinse the prunes mixture or just add in the whole mixture?

    1. Hi Natalia Pale, Thank you very much for leaving your comment. I just realized that one step was missing. That is to process the prune mixture till smooth.
      I'm using those sweetened pitted prunes from the supermarket so no rinsing is require.