Marble Rum Cake

by Irvin on November 7, 2016 · 4 comments

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This Marble Rum Cake is easy to make and packed full of rum flavor because it uses 3 types of rum in it making sure it every bite is moist and tender.

This Marble Rum Cake is easy to make and packed full of rum flavor because I use 3 types of rum! Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love, author of the cookbook Marbled, Swirled and Layered

Every year I think about what sort of dessert I can make for AJ’s birthday and every year I end up circling back to either a cheesecake or a chocolate layer cake. So this year, instead of doing one of the old standby desserts (which he admittedly adores) I opted to do a riff on a rum cake. When AJ was a child, he always begged his mom to make him a rum cake for his birthday. And though I’ve made rum cakes before for him, this time I want to figure out something a little bit different. In celebration of his birthday and my first cookbook, Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, I opted to make a marble rum cake to celebrate! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

This gorgeous and easy to make bundt cake is a marbled rum cake in disguise! Just wait until you slice into it and see the gorgeous swirls. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin, author of the cookbook Marbled, Swirled, and Layered.

AJ is firmly in his mid-40s now. I am too actually, as my birthday was earlier this month. We’ve been together for over 16 years which means we spent all of our 30s together, a formative period of our adult life. As we move into the next phase of our lives together, I marvel at how my life has shifted and changed over the years. From a broken 20-something manchild who moved to San Francisco, temping in offices and working at independent bookstores, to a graphic designer that worked with major brands to quitting my day job to become a food photographer, food writer and cookbook author, AJ has been my constant through all of it. He’s been my rock and I can’t imagine how I would have survived through all of it without him.

A stunning and easy to make Marble Rum Cake using 3 types of rum! Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin, author of the cookbook Marbled, Swirled and Layered

AJ has always been my biggest cheerleader throughout every phase of my career and life change. When I worked up the courage to tell him how I finally was quitting my day job to go freelance, his response was exactly what I needed. “Thank God! You’ve been miserable at that job! I can’t wait to see what you do next!” I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life. And every day, just seeing him makes me the happiest person in the world.

A stunning and easy to make Marble Rum Cake using 3 types of rum! Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin, author of the cookbook Marbled, Swirled and Layered

I was recently interviewed for a local gay newspaper about my book and my new found career as a creative food content provider. The journalist mentioned how great it was that I dedicated my cookbook Marbled, Swirled, and Layered to AJ. “I love that you are out and open about your relationship with him.” I couldn’t imagine NOT being open and out about being with someone who has been such an integral part of my life. There’s no way I could have written my cookbook without him!

A stunning and easy to make Marble Rum Cake using 3 types of rum! Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin, author of the cookbook Marbled, Swirled and Layered

AJ’s birthday cake recipe, a marble rum cake, is not in the cookbook. I developed it WAY after I turned my manuscript in. But it is loosely adapted on a marbled bundt cake recipe that is in the book. And yes, AJ absolutely loved this cake. In fact, I may have created a new favorite birthday cake for him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him eat a cake faster than he ate this one. And that’s saying a lot since I make a lot of cakes…

This Marble Rum Cake is easy to make and packed full of rum flavor because I use 3 types of rum! Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love, author of the cookbook Marbled, Swirled and Layered
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faithy November 8, 2016 at 1:24 am

This recipe is calling my name! I HAVE to make it this weekend! I ordered your book last week, still waiting for it to arrive. 🙂

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Debbie November 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Wow! Rummo..😍😋 Im defo gonna make this one for this weekend.. Thanks Irvin! Looking forward to get your book in Australia..😍 Oh ya.. Happy birthday to AJ too.. 💐

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Mac November 11, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Isn’t it funny, about our 30s? It’s when we just figure it all out. Wonderful cake, and, as always, you’re just cute as a button. (I can say that because I’m an old lady.)

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Erin R. November 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Oh, yes! Please tell us about you and AJ! Some bloggers prefer to keep their lives private and off camera, which is a perfectly fine and respectable thing to do. But I tend to favor the blogs that have at least some personal/family stuff as it’s so much more interesting than just, here is a cake, add 1 cup of sugar, etc. I love the way you love and appreciate your dude. It comes through in the way you talk about him. My husb and I were just talking about that the other night, how fun it is to tell people fun things about your spouse. So, yes, please keep doing what you have been doing. And making awesome marble cakes. 🙂

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