Chocolate Coconut Rum Cake

I have a confession…Food blogging has made me fat.There I said it! It’s out!


Okay, maybe it’s not the food blogging itself, it’s probably just the late night sweet cravings I get every night, which tend to make me, ahem, gain a little 20 pounds.

Don’t get me wrong, looking at me you probably wouldn’t notice I gained any weight or that I have a weight problem. I mean, last year I was skinny. Like, you could count the bones on me I was that skinny. I’m at a healthy weight now. I’m not just saying that to try and justify the weight i’ve gained, I really am at a good weight and i’m pretty ok with it. So why am I telling you all of this?

(lowest weight)

(Now)

Well, as much as I am okay with all of the weight i’ve gained, there comes a time when you have to suck it up and cut back so you don’t gain any more weight.

Because me and dieting? We go way back! For as long as I can remember, since I was a little itty bitty girl, i’ve always been self conscious and tried to lose weight. Which is probably why I used to have such a weight problem in the first place.

I used to eat until I couldn’t eat anymore every single meal just because that was what I thought was normal. I was never hungry because I constantly snacked and was always eating some sort of junk food. Ice cream, poptarts, toaster strudels, you name it I ate it.

Then everytime I looked in a mirror I wanted to just cry. I hated being overweight, even though I wasn’t thatoverweight. But I always wanted a change. Then finally after many many failed attempts I finally found something that worked and I started losing weight. I got to where I would run 6 miles everyday and I ate so strictly, if I ate one thing that was “cheating” on my diet I would cut out a bunch of other stuff just to try and make up for it. I was a little obsessed.

Which is why I got so skinny.

And some people told me I was “anorexic”. I hated that. I really wasn’t anorexic, I just ate very strictly. But I still wasn’t happy. I always wanted that one little slice of cake or that one bite of hamburger, but I never let myself. I refused.

Then I started getting into cooking a lot more and food blogging, and behold! 1 year later and 20 pounds heavier here I am. I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve gained that much because I know i’m still tiny. I’m healthy, I still work out everyday and I still eat a lot of healthy foods.

My only problem is that when I go off track on a diet one day, then I go completely off it. I eat whatever I want and then regret it right after.

And that’s my problem. I love to cook and I love to eat. I just need to find the right balance between cooking healthy and being able to have that one slice of cake and stopping.

It’s not easy, habits aren’t easy to break, but little by little you gotta do it.

So why am I telling all of you this? I honestly don’t know. Maybe someone else can find inspiration from this, or has gone through the same thing. We all have our struggles, but hey we all get through.So to enjoy my cake, here is an amazing chocolate coconut rum cake to enjoy! Cheers to moderation and cheers to us!

Chocolate Coconut Rum Cake

(Recipe adapted from The Food In My Beard)
 
Ingredients
 
6 oz chocolate
1 stick butter
1 cup black rum
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ stick butter
¼ cup black rum
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp coconut extract
½ cup more black rum (I didn’t use quite that much, but hey go crazy)
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Directions
  
Put the chocolate, butter, and rum in a large bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, whisking in between, until smooth and melted. Next, whisk in the sugars, followed by the eggs one by one. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and powder, and cocoa powder. Add half the dry to the wet and mix fully, then add the other half and mix more.
For the cream cheese mixture, mix together the cream cheese, extracts, sugar and shredded coconut well.
Pour half of the cake batter into a large (5 ½ by 10) buttered and floured loaf pan. Carefully pour the cream cheese mixture and spread it over the batter. Then add the rest of the cake batter over the cream cheese and bake at 350 for about an hour until a tester comes out clean. Meanwhile, bring the additional butter, ¼ cup rum, and sugar to a boil for a few minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the ½ cup of rum. Pull the cake from the oven when it’s done and pour this still warm liquid over the top of it. Poke holes in the cake first to help the liquid really saturate the cake. Place another loaf pan on top of the cake with the bottle of rum in it to weigh it down a little. When it is completely cooled, flip the cake out to a serving tray. All the rum should be absorbed.

6 comments

  1. Hi! First time on your blog, and I’m so happy that I caught this one. I too struggle with the same weight issue! It’s just so hard to find a happy medium, that it almost seems impossible, and that picture of the cake doesn’t help either lol. Great post and great cake!

    1. Oh my goodness thank you for pointing this out! I fixed it in the recipe, but basically you just pour half of the cake batter into the pan, add the cream cheese mixture over that, then pour the rest of the cake batter over the top.
      Thank you so much!

  2. Thank you for the recipe it’s torture though not knowing how to make the cream cheese mixture since those directions are but included!

    1. Oh no! Thank you for pointing that out, I’ve updated my post. Just simply mix the cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, the vanilla and coconut extract and shredded coconut together in a bowl. Then just proceed with the directions 🙂

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