I accidentally typed “imbible” in the title. Giggle.
I’m reposting this short paragraph from my Facebook notes (originally posted December 20, 2008) because I don’t want you to forget that Baby Jesus likes to have cake for his bday. Seriously people, if there’s a war on xmas and all that, the least we can do is our damndest to celebrate the real reason, right? And since everybody knows that Jesus was a pirate, let’s make sure to cover that bday cake in rum.
One of the best things about baby-sitting is raiding the refrigerators of others (a sugar-deprived kid, I was especially keen on processed foods I’d only seen in television commercials). When I was barely a teenager I babysat for an affluent family near my home. One night around Christmas time I was sitting for them and decided to check out the goods. Wow, was I excited to find a plate of chocolate cookie balls. I greedily reached into the fridge and snatched one, popping the whole thing right into my mouth. It only took a moment for me to realize there was something weird about those cookies; of course, it took me nearly 10 years to realize exactly what it was. They were rum cookies, and I thought they were disgusting. Now, I’m pretty sure I’d eat the whole plate if I were left unattended.
Anyway, when Bekah [my amazing cousinsisterfriend] emailed this link to me I knew I’d have to make this cake to celebrate the birthday of our Lord. The Pioneer Woman is definitely a kindred spirit in a few different ways. This has got to be one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. . . designated driver required (beware, it is pretty strong).
Christmas Rum Cake (AKA “Baby Jesus’s Birthday Cake”)
In conclusion, here is a funny picture of my kids staring at Grammy’s tree. They’re probably imagining right now what they’ll ask for for their July birthdays because nothing is ever enough for small people.