So, let's set the scene.
And report that there will be no Sprinkles cupcakes for dessert tonight.
What's a girl (with a somewhat fully stocked kitchen) to do?
Check her pinboard for something that sounds delicious, and doable.
Cue this pin & recipe:
Butter, eggs, vanilla. Check, check, check.
Instant Vanilla pudding, CHECK (or so I think).
Dark Rum... Well... I have Malibu Coconut Rum handy. (because, um, I also have Diet Coke handy?)
And also Rum & Maple extract. I feel like I can make this work.
So I wisk.
And I stir.
You know, the usual.
Things are looking good.
Batter is looking like sand, as per the recipe.
So at this point, I have the wrong kind of rum, wrong kind of pudding, wrong kind of milk. Cold and non-room-temperature butter.
Oh and the salt isn't kosher.
But, ingredients are combined, and we are at the point of no return.
I have committed to this rum cake.
And so, we go forward. And extract our little hearts out.
(Bundt in the oven!!)
And set the timer.
And then, I think to myself, "Self, what could make this potential disaster seem slightly less disastrous?"
And it comes to me, "Butterscotch Chips!!"
So I sprinkle, and then stir them in. And close the oven once again.
And then I wait.
And the bundt cooked.
And I flipped it.
And let it settle.
And pulled the silicone pan away.
And about half the cake "crust" with it.
Which, on the upside, meant I got to scrape away some delicious sample remnants from the pan.
And also I noticed I was supposed to already be making the rum syrup.
So I got to it. With appropriate substitutions.
And with the crust debacle, didn't really need to poke holes in the cake, as it was rather holey already.
So I poured, and soon, we had a not-so-pretty, but oh-so-tasty Homemade Rum Cake.
Full credit for the awesome recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker found here.
My additions and changes are as noted above. And clearly, results may vary.
(I used 1 tbsp rum extract, 1 tsp maple, & 1/2 tsp almond, and just handful of butterscotch chips in the batter, and another tbsp rum & 1 tsp maple in the syrup. which i did not follow the instructions on how to make either)