Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mojito Cake #recipe #booklaunch @lucyburdette


LUCY BURDETTE: In the eighth Key West mystery, Hayley and her mother Janet are catering a Key West/Havana conference at the Truman Little White House. This is the dessert they serve for the final dinner. And it is the perfect recipe to celebrate the arrival of DEATH ON THE MENU! (Read all the way to the bottom for information on today's giveaway!)

The basis of this recipe came from a cookbook called Cuba! – Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen. I love lime cake and yellow cake and whipped cream, so you can imagine that this recipe was irresistible. I know Mojitos require rum, and yet I am not a big fan of alcohol-flavored desserts. So I chose to leave the rum extract out of the cake, and instead add a teaspoon of rum. This gives it a little soupçon of flavor without overwhelming the cake. I also reduced the salt in the batter and the rum in the frosting. You can adjust the rum upward to a tablespoon if you choose.






Ingredients for the cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder (low-sodium works fine)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Two sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
Four eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lime zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Half cup whole milk
1 teaspoon rum


For the lime mint syrup

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, tightly packed
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon dark rum


Thin slices of lime, or lime zest, or mint leaves, for decoration

Prepare two 9 inch cake pans by buttering them and lining with parchment paper. Butter the paper too. Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the dry ingredients for the cake together and set this aside. In your KitchenAid, food processor, or with an electric beater, beat the butter well with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract, the lime zest, and the rum. Fold in the dry ingredients, don't overmix. Stir in the milk.


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Divide the batter into the two prepared pans and bake about 30 minutes until the cakes spring back when touched. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, and then remove them from the pans and cool completely.


For the lime mint syrup, heat the sugar and water in a small pan until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and stir in the mint leaves. Let them steep for 10 minutes, then strain them out and stir in the lime juice. Paint this glaze onto each layer of cake with a pastry brush.

Whip the cream and sugar until stiff, and stir in the rum. Drop half of the whipped cream onto the first layer. Place the second layer on top and spread the remainder of the cream over that. Decorate with thin slices of lime or mint leaves as desired.


My sister's version of the same cake--so pretty!
Death on the Menu, the 8th Key West food critic mystery, will hit bookstores on August 7 from Crooked Lane Books. WE'LL BE GIVING AWAY A SIGNED COPY TO CELEBRATE! LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL BY SUNDAY AUGUST 5 TO BE INCLUDED IN THE RANDOM DRAWING...US only this time please...

Here's a pre-order the book link from Amazon--and here's a link to preorder a hard copy from RJ Julia in CT, where you'll be able to get a signed copy. OR COME TO THE BOOK LAUNCH PARTY ON AUGUST 9 AT 7PM in Madison CT


Or you can order it from Books and Books in Key West, or call Suzanne Orchard at Key West Island Bookstore ((305) 294-2904)--she'll be delighted to order you a copy! 



Or really, wherever books are sold...

60 comments:

  1. That cake looks sooo good. Thank you for the recipe, and your new book looks awesome! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. That cake sounds so delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I really enjoy this series, I’d love to go there now. I really want to read this book soon. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  3. The cake looks wonderful and the book sounds delicious!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  4. Sounds great and although I cannot do rum I bet I could find something else to spice it up with. Thanks for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  5. The recipe sounds delicious. I am always looking for new recipes. I have read previous books in the Ke West series. Great mysteries. Dbahn@iw.net

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  6. I love key lime pie, so I bet I would love this also! Yum!
    Wendh
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  7. That cake looks too good to eat! Congratulations on the new book!
    I love the thought of cooking for the firefighters. Wish I lived closer.
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  8. The cake looks delicious. I’m so glad Hayley and the gang are back. I can’t wait to read Death on the Menu! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. That cake looks and sounds amazing! I can't wait for Death on the Menu. It'll be on my Kindle when I wake up on the 7th.
    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Oh my, the Mojito Cake sounds to die for! I agree with the idea of using rum opposed to extract. Don't you just wish there was sample vision where you could just reach in and get a slice because I sure would love one now for breakfast. :)

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "DEATH ON THE MENU". Adorable cover with the cute kitty and love the historical connection. Thanks for the wonderful chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  11. A Mojito cake, what a fabulous idea! I know several people this could thrill for a dessert. Thanks so much for sharing it. Congratulations on the release of Death on the Menu!
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  12. Finally almost time for Hayley again! Yay! And bonus, this cake sounds delicious. Thanks for the tips on the rum and salt. Congrats on the (almost) release!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. The cake looks good!
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  14. I have been patiently waiting for the next installment of one of my favorite series!! Welcome back!!!!

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  15. Sorry forgot email .Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  16. A perfect cake for the summer. Looks delectable. Congratulations on your release. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I would enjoy this book and together with the enticing and beautiful cake life is ideal. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. I love lime anything! Can't wait for the latest Key West mystery Lucy. I'm so glad the series is alive and well!
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