Mary Jane from Eau Claire, WI (2018 Week 1: Cakes)


Mary Jane


Eau Claire, WI

Baking Challenge

Rum Baba

Give your cake a name based on the ingredients and decoration – and tell us about the origin of your recipe.

Big and Small Strawberry Rum Babas – I used Paul Hollywood’s recipe.

Tell us about your proudest moment – or humble failure – in this week’s baking challenge.

Well, I must of used too much flour when I kneaded the dough. I used the biggest tip that I had on hand on the piping bag and the dough would not come out. So I took the dough out of the bag and cut it into 4 pieces and rolled each piece thin like a pencil and placed them in the mold. Since I did not have savarin or dariole molds, I used 2 – 4 inch mini bundt molds and 2 mini angel food molds. I wanted to see which mold that I liked best. I prefer the angel food molds because they made a smaller baba.

Describe how you added a Wisconsin twist to your creation.

I used the following WI products – eggs, milk, butter, whipping cream and strawberries, which are in season now.

How did you do?

Pleasantly satisfied.