Cuba Libre or Morena Cake – vote!

I made this new cake for Shabbos. This is how it came about. I am a frequent visitor and sometimes contributor to http://www.myrecipemagic.com (look me up there!). As I was browsing through two-or-three-ingredient desserts – I love those! – I discovered a combination of cake mix and soda pop, with frosting on top. I am sorry I have not noted the name of the author of this recipe, to give her credit – my bad!

cake 1
I happened to have a Devil’s Food cake mix and Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge frosting in my pantry, to make brownies for the first Shabbos after Pesach (will post that recipe when I make them next time). Since I am from Odessa, and in Odessa, we cook with wine and bake with brandy, and since kosher brandy (or cognac, if you will) is unbelievably expensive, I have learned to use rum instead. Even though most rum connoisseurs recommend using white rum for mixed drinks and for baking, I prefer dark spiced rum. It adds notes of vanilla and cinnamon which creates a more sophisticated taste. But it’s up to you – choose your own.

cake 2.jpgSo I poured off a jigger of coke (about 1.5 fl oz) and replaced it with a shot of rum. I added both liquids to the dry mix and beat it with a mixer on high speed until it turned into a creamy mass, about 3 minutes. As I licked the mixer blades clean – hey, childish delights never die! – it seemed to me a little too sweet, almost cloying. Well, sure, a Cuba Libre drink is not complete without a slice of lime or a squirt of lemon! Perhaps some tangy jam will do the trick?

cake 3.jpg

I used Smuckers’s Blackberry jam, but Blueberry or Sour Cherry are good alternatives. Note that the Coke is diet and the jam is sugar free. I have tried sugar free frosting in the past and was not satisfied with the taste, but I do try to cut calories wherever possible.

cake 4

I used two 8×8 pans because I suspected that it would come out so light and airy that it would be very hard to cut it in two sheets to insert jam in the middle. So I baked the two sheets instead, cooled them really well – otherwise they were about to disintegrate! – and shmeared the jam on the bottom one. I covered the top and sides with frosting and, abiding by the first two of My Own Rules of Desserts (Rule #1: It’s not a dessert without chocolate; Rule #2: The more chocolate, the better!), added some chocolate sprinkles. Garnishing with berries and mint will also work very nicely and look festive.

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Cuba Libre is one of my favorite drinks. It’s just rum and coke, with some lime or lemon. The story goes that it was invented by Americans who assisted Cubans during the Spanish American war. The battle cry was ¡Por Cuba Libre! (To Free Cuba), thus the name of the drink. I also thought that a fitting name for this cake would be Morena, which in Spanish means Dusky or Dark-complectioned lady. Help me choose the name – which one do you think is better? Vote!

Meanwhile, listen to our local celebrity Alex Fox, author of the song  Morena!Morena! with his sons David and Sebastian and daughter Carolina lighting Guitar on Fire while you are baking this funky creation.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box of cake mix
  • 1 can of soda pop minus one jigger, or shot (1.5 fl oz)
  • 1 jigger or shot of rum
  • Jam to taste
  • Frosting to taste
  • Garnishing optional: chocolate sprinkles or chips, mint sprinkles, or berries

PROCEDURE

  • Add soda pop and rum to the cake mix, beat with mixer at high speed for about 3 minutes until you get a creamy mass.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Divide mixture equally between two oiled 8×8 baking pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry.
  • Cool well in pans.
  • Remove from pans and arrange one sheet on the serving platter. You will not be able to transfer it later on.
  • Spread jam evenly on the bottom sheet and cover with the second sheet. Spread frosting on top and sides, garnish.

Enjoy!

Good Shabbos!  

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46 Comments Add yours

  1. I like Morena cake as it sounds delicious 😀

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  2. Psst. Just a heads up, I have released the March 2017 Share and Inspire Others! -Chocolate – Anything Chocolate Recipe Exchange: Link: https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/march-2017-share-and-inspire-others-chocolate-anything-chocolate/
    You have as of this moment, up until March 20th, to share / repost the original post on your blog.
    Thank you from the depth of my heart for your participation and wonderful recipes. Hope to see you again in April
    Dolly I will only leave this one comment, and not one on each of your entries.

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    1. Thank you, dear Esme! You are honoring me by including my recipes in this fantastic selection!

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      1. Actually it’s the other way round my friend.

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      2. Don’t know about that…:)

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      3. OK lets agree to disagree on this one 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    Happy National Rum Day, Beautiful People, and a rum-based cake named after my favorite rum-based drink! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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      1. Love your recipes. Thank you.

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      2. My pleasure – cheers!

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  4. How about Morena Libre – score one for independent, dark-haired women who love their chocolate and their rum!!
    xx,
    mgh

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    1. Great idea! Thank you! 😸

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      1. lol Thanks for the tip about the dark rum, btw.
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. At the Baccardi tasting, they tell you that dark rum is for drinking, and white rum is for mixing. I tend to disagree: spiced dark rums are excellent for baking and for mixing.

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      3. Have never tried it – but I will now.
        xx,
        mgh

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      4. Rum is GF – cheers!

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      5. And yet another good reason . . .
        xx,
        mgh

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  5. Morena Cake! 💃🏾

    (Psst..I actually like both names 😊)

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    1. Madelyn suggested Morena Libre – how is that?

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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  6. Wow! A wonderful idea. Thx a lot, and have a great weekend ahead. ;.-) Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael! In my mind, anything with rum and lots of chocolate is already a great idea 😼
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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      1. Yes, it is! Do you know “rum balls”? Wonderful sweet things, but only available before Christmas. ;-( Thx, same to you! Michael

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      2. But I make them any time I want, especially when grandkids are around to roll them! Here is a recipe where they are shaped into potatoes , rather than balls, but it’s the same thing! https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/let-them-eat-potatoes/

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    Morena would be my choice. This cake looks fabulous! I wonder if I have time to make it for our party tomorrow…

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    1. It’s a quickie – enjoy the party!

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      1. Elizabeth says:

        Thank you. It was fun!

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      2. So did you make this cake? And what was the party for? (Just being a curious cat!) 😻

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      3. Elizabeth says:

        I didn’t get a chance to make it before the party. I had to make Amish Macaroni Salad for 20 people. But I want to try it. It sounds so good! The party was for our granddaughter’s 12th birthday.

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      4. Wow! I hope you enjoy watching your granddaughter grow and bring you pleasure!

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      5. Elizabeth says:

        Thank you. 8 grand kids and they’re all getting big.

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      6. Wow – rich grandma! I have only 5, may they all be healthy and happy. And you should see yours grow to be healthy, happy, and successful!

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      7. Elizabeth says:

        I’m hoping Pete and Andi decide to have at least one!

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      8. Give them a little time, and they will!

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      9. Elizabeth says:

        LOL You mean let them be married at least a few months before I haul baby stuff there?

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      10. Nine months sounds reasonable, don’t you think?

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      11. Elizabeth says:

        I’ve decided to leave it up to them..

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      12. Smart mommy! I hold to the same policy with my kids.

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