This rich cake is easy to put together and has just a touch of booze from the glaze. To make it, beat together butter, sugar, and eggs, add in the dry ingredients and sour cream, and bake for about an hour. Once it’s cooled, pour on the rum glaze and let it set. When you’re ready to serve, give it a dusting of powdered sugar.
- 1Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Generously coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with butter; set aside.
- 2Combine the brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a medium bowl; set aside.
- 3Combine the measured butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle with a rubber spatula. Return the mixer to medium speed and mix until light in color and aerated, about 4 minutes more.
- 4Turn the mixer to low and add the vanilla. Add the eggs 1 at a time, letting each completely incorporate before adding the next. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle with the rubber spatula.
- 5Add the reserved flour mixture, turn the mixer to low, and mix just until smooth. Add the sour cream and mix just until incorporated. Add the reserved brown sugar mixture and mix just until incorporated.
- 6Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 60 to 65 minutes.
- 7Remove to a wire rack and let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Turn the cake out onto the wire rack and cool completely. Meanwhile, make the glaze. (If you’re not using the glaze, dust the cake with powdered sugar just before serving.)
For the glaze (optional):
- 1Combine all of the ingredients except the vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking until the sugar dissolves, and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until slightly syrupy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla, and let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
- 2Rewhisk the glaze and drizzle it over the top of the cake (if the glaze seems too thin, add sifted powdered sugar by the tablespoon until it reaches the desired consistency). Let sit until the glaze sets, about 30 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.
Beverage pairing: 1999 Hetszolo Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos, Hungary. A heavenly glass of botrytis-affected Tokaji from Hungary would be the decadent choice for this spicy cake. Notes of dried caramel, orange peel, and honey match up with the nutty and spice-box nuances of this dessert.