It's fothermucking Black Cake time yo!

Yeppers I am back in the kitchen for another round of holiday baking!

It's time to make the Black Cake.

It's that 10 pound, 10 inch round blackest of black cake lovin'.

I first read about Black Cake in Nigella Lawson's Domestic Goddess cookbook and it seemed to me like the most delicious thing ever created and I instantly craved it, like the lettuce that got poor Rapunzel's mother in so much trouble!

Well Nigella got it from Laurie Colwin. And since Nigella's recipes never work for me (but she is so voluptuous I can't let her go!) I went to Laurie Colwin myself.

If you like food porn, I highly recommend both Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. You will read them in bed and then dream of fresh butter and perfectly roast chickens and English clotted cream.

Please don't blame me when you wake up chewing on your pillow.

However, it is her recipe for Black Cake that really turned me on.

And so now I am obsessed. So obsessed that I've been soaking my fruit since LAST year. Four big glass jars packed full with fruit, Manischewitz, and rum.

Her recipe is a little loosey-goosey, but I've got a spare bottle of rum, a little Otis on the radio, and it's snowing out, so it should all work out.


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