One of the nice things about being Episcopalian is that, unlike the Baptists, we generally have rum in the cupboard...right next to the gin and the bourbon behind the sherry.
The other nice thing about being Episcopalian is that we have coffee and cake or cookies after church. I suppose if you have to sit through all of that prayer book stuff that we should feed you something other than a papery wafer and a sip of diluted wine.
Much to my delight the coffee hour on Sunday featured a delicious rum cake. The recipe is very easy although it employs...gasp...a cake mix and...more gasping...a box of pudding. Generally I prefer not to buy such things for political reasons because I don't approve of the industrial food economy, but I am certainly willing to make exceptions once in a while! This cake merits it.
Preheat over to 35o degrees.
Mix together the following ingredients until combined:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 box vanilla pudding (small box)
1/2 c. oil (a flavorless one)
3/4 c. rum
1/4 c. water
Put 1/2c. pecans in the bottom of an oiled bundt pan. Pour batter.
Bake 45 minutes t0 an hour until cake is done. Remove cake from oven, but leave in pan.
Melt 1/4 c. rum, 1 c. sugar, and 1 stick of butter until boiling. Pour mixture over cake. Let stand for no more than 30 minutes. Turn cake out onto cake plate.