Meghan from Green Bay, WI (2018 Week 1: Cakes)




Green Bay, 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.

Brandy Old Fashioned. I took the Wisconsin twist and substituted the rum for brandy and used dried cherries instead of raisins or currants to make an Old Fashioned inspired cake. My family has a long history with making, trying to perfect, and drinking Old Fashioneds. It is an integral drink at all family gatherings and it was a really fun inspiration.

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

The dough didn’t rise the first time because it was slightly cold in my house. I turned my oven on to warm and popped the dough into my makeshift proving oven. I have struggled with yeast-based recipes as of late, so I chalked this one up to the curse placed upon me. The dough eventually did double, and I was able to continue on with the recipe.

Describe how you added a Wisconsin twist to your creation.

Like I said before, I looked to an iconic Wisconsin drink and made the switch from rum to brandy, raisins to cherries, to make this an Old Fashioned-inspired bake. Cherries are also an important fruit to the state and are an essential garnish to every Old Fashioned! I also thought the orange and lemon zest played well with the flavors of an Old Fashioned, with the lemon from the mixer and the orange that is usually muddled in the glass.

How did you do?

Feeling humbled.