Years ago I made a recipe I found online called The Black Pearl Layer cake for a self-proclaimed "foodie" friend to test his palate. The recipe was a hit, however, it was very time intensive and some of the ingredients were not easily available in my area. I wanted to try creating something similar, combining unusual ingredients in a yummy combination. The name is a play off The Black Pearl cake recipe - "The Wicked Wench" is the original name of "The Black Pearl", of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" fame. I thought these flavors lent themselves nicely to the "pirate theme".
1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, spices and salt. Set aside. Grease and flour a bundt pan and set aside.
2In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until creamy using a hand mixer. Add the eggs, rum, coffee and vanilla and blend until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients, blending until mixture is smooth.
3Pour cake batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until cake tests done in the center with a knife or bamboo skewer. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack, then remove to a serving dish/platter.
4For frosting: Whip the butter and about 2 tbs of confectioner's sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl until smooth. Then add the cream cheese and whip until smooth. Add the remaining sugar and other ingredients, blending until smooth. Depending on whether or not you want a glaze or frosting, add more or less confectioner's sugar to tighten or loosen the mixture. Garnish with a little grated coconut if desired.
5Note: For a stiffer, spreadable frosting texture always start off whipping the butter and adding a small amount of sugar to start, then add the cream cheese and blend well before adding the remaining ingredients. For a runnier glaze, omit the lemon juice and reduce the amount of sugar.
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