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Island Rum Cake
(Bolo di Rom — Cura ao)

This cake travels well, so it is a perfect choice for picnics.


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup dark rum
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 9-inch square pan.
  2. Beat all ingredients except confectioners' sugar in large mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl frequently, 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Pour into pan; spread evenly.
  3. Bake until crust is light golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. Cool; sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Yields 9 servings

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