start by soaking the raisins in the dark rum for at least 20 mins.
In a large bowl, cream the sugar and the room temperature butter with a mixer until creamy,(about 3 mins.) add 1 egg at a time and mix until well incorporated. add the vanilla
in another bowl, combine the dry ingredients (not the coconut, yet) slowly add to the wet ingredients about mix well about 2 mins.
gently fold in the "drunk" raisins and coconut flakes.
in a casserole dish, butter (or spray) the bottom, pour the mixture and bake at 350 for about 20-30 mins, depending on your oven...let cool completely and serve alone or with ice cream ...I mixed 2 tbs of powdered sugar with a little cinnamon and thinned out with milk. then drizzled