The Reason for the Season: excuses to imbibe

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.

  1. i’ve never had a rum dessert. this makes me think i’d like to try it though. does the alcohol do any of its magic once it’s been cooked?

  2. Jess said:

    “embible”, perfect. I love sweets, and I love drinking, so what’s better than a cake with liquor in it? sounds delicious to me! and look at Grey’s sweet braid. oh, I miss those babies. and you, of course.

    • alltheseblessedthings said:

      I love and miss you like crazy. I hope you had an opportunity to make this cake…or maybe you’ll find a special occasion in the near future.

  3. Christy said:

    Do you remember in that hotel in El Salvador, we had rum cake? It was soooo good!

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