Captain My Captain Morgan Coconut Rum Cake

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I was in a cake baking mood. Also in a coconut rum mood. Those who know me know I am a lightweight when it comes to drinking. I may have a mixed drink once a month sometimes not that often. Tonight was Captain Morgan coconut rum night. So we have cake baking and coconut rum. What not combine both?

Searching Pinterest I found several recipes I liked but they were so involved. I was in the mood to bake but I had just got home from work so I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. Gotha needs to rest sometime.

So I just found a basic white cake recipe and used the rum in place of the liquid. I had a small dilemma during the mixing of the cake. I had only a small amount of rum. If I use all for the cake I wouldn’t have any to drink later. After a whole two seconds of deliberations I used half the rum along with milk in the cake. To give the cake a strong coconut taste I added two tablespoons of coconut bakery emulsion. FYI: I’m drinking the rest of the rum now. Public Service Announcement: Friends don’t let friends drink and blog.

Okay the cake is in the oven. I’m baking two 8 inch round pans plus two mini round pans. The mini rounds are a test. I’m baking Ms. K a smash cake for her first birthday, I want to see if the minis will be big enough. RESULT: nope not big enough. The mini round will make a good top layer to a small tier cake.

While the cakes are baking it’s time to toast some coconut. Here is where I give short but sweet instructions to toast coconut. That went by so quickly I had time to find some spooky pins I plan to try out soon.

Cakes are out of the oven and cooling. I planned on making the frosting from a recipe I found on Pinterest. Uh…nope not happening. I am a lightweight drinker. I had just enough to give me a tiny buzz now I’m just sleepy. So, Betty Crocker to the rescue. I just happened to have a can of white fluffy and a can of milk chocolate frosting. I mixed some coconut emulsion into the white fluffy. That went on the tiny cake. It was going to go on the big cake also but once I saw that can of milk chocolate frosting all I could think about was Almond Joy. Holy toasted coconut Batman! That was a good cake. The white frosted cake was okay but much better the next day after the emulsion had time to mingle with the frosting.

Here is the basic white cake recipe. Maybe one day I will try that frosting I planned to use.

The tiny cake photos turned out okay but once it was time to snap some shots of the chocolate coconut cake I was so tired. I snapped a few shots. I don’t think you can tell in the photos but I didn’t even frost the whole thing. Also the hubby was in such a hurry to try a piece he was standing over me with a knife. He had been waiting all day to eat cake by then his patience was wearing thin. I’m going with the theory the knife was for the cake and not me. Now if I would have taken more pictures making him wait longer who knows, that knife may have been used to get me out of the way. The hubby loves cake.

Mini Captain Morgan Coconut Rum Cake

Mini Captain Morgan Coconut Rum Cake

coconut rum cake with milk chocolate frosting

coconut rum cake with milk chocolate frosting

Another Pinteresting day in the life of Gotha Stewart ended with a belly full of cake hubby and me taking my lightweight drinking self to bed.

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Say Cheese…Cake

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So I don’t blog as much as I want. I have gotten sick more this year than in the last several. This past week I had a major health scare so now it’s time to take control of my health. After days of research I have come to an unprofessional conclusion. Most of my problems are from artificial sweeteners. In the past if you would have told me that I would have just laughed. Well five days artificial sweetener free I’m feeling so darn good except for the withdrawal. Withdrawal!? When you stop something and it cause withdrawal you know whatever it was couldn’t have been good for you. I will keep you updated on my health journey. I want to live to be very old because I want to be the crazy old lady in the neighborhood that dresses in black, has long grey hair and all the neighborhood kids think is creepy. Now let’s see what pinteresting things I have been up to.

I saw a pin a while back that showed a home made ‘filter’ for a camera. I was like, wow, awesome. I’m all over that. Things in life got hectic and my garden needed a lot of work so a few months later I gave the camera filter pin a shot. Of course there was no link to instructions but it looked simple.

Oh my Goth! Things did not work out as planned. I made the filter and just needed to attach it to the camera lense. Normally I have a body bag full of rubber bands lying around. But not that day. After a frantic search of the house I spotted sitting right beside the camera. My “Wesley Warrior” bracelet. My four year old cousin is battling brain cancer and the family wears these bracelets for this little superhero. This little guy is amazing. Love and strength to you Wesley.

Back on topic, I used the bracelet. Now it was time for pictures. My heart cut out was to big, you couldn’t even tell I put anything over the lense. So I had to cut a new template. Put on camera, looked through lense. Perfect we were in business then. I thought.

I was unable to focus. Manual or automatic. EVERY picture blurred. Darn it! So if you want your photos in shapes use photo software.

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My nephew Corey graduated from high school last week. Woohoo Corey! We had a party for him that weekend. I asked what his favorite desserts were. German chocolate cake and cheesecake was the reply. Hmm…can the two be combined, my mind pondered? Well I decided to try the all knowing crystal ball I call Pinterest.

Soon I stumbled upon GERMAN CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE CAKE! I got giddy. Not from the pin but from the first glass of wine I had in twenty years. Yes I was alcohol free for twenty years. I printed out the recipe and the next day off I went to the store for supplies. That night the baking began and had some wine. FYI buzzed baking is still drunk baking. But it went well.

I used an aluminum pan, when having family get together it’s best to use pans you don’t mind not getting back. Family will scarf a good pan or bowl in a heartbeat. After 75 minute bake time and the toothpick came out clear I took the cake from oven. The bottom of the pan felt so…unbaked. I was worried but I trust the toothpick method. Since I was feeling loopy I decided to go to bed and worry about it in the morning.

Good news. No hangover and the cake was done. Bad news. Frosting was an issue. The recipe had instructions to make the topping yourself. But I was a little broke (had to buy wine) so I bought a container of frosting. It was just $1.25 I would spend several times that just on the stuff to make it from scratch.

So two hours before party I open the container. Someone at the store beat me to it. The seal was open and it looked like someone took their fingers and scooped themselves out a big bite of frosting. So I said a few bad words and thought about throwing a hex on the frosting thief. Sadly I didn’t have time for a hex. To the store I went and yes I did pop the top of the can and check the seal before buying. Rushed home frosted cake, super fast shower, forgot to grab my hat and once in car had to come back in house. Forgot camera and my candle obsessed husband forgot to blowout candle.

We arrived on time. Woohoo! Party was outside and the sun was shining brightly. Thankfully I did not burst into flames but my thin hair did little to protect my scalp. Burnt scalp is not fun. But the cake turned out great. Everyone loved it but most important Corey loved it! This cake will be made again! Here is the link to this great cake recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/German-Chocolate-Cheesecake

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