2 cups raisins chopped
1/4 cup dark rum (I used a spiced Caribbean rum)
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp orange rind
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanila extract
1/4 cup butter softened
1/2 cup extra light olive oil or any other refined oil
1 cup milk (I used 1/2 cup skim milk and 1/2 cup full cream) at room temperature
For the Glaze
1/3 cup fine sugar
2 tbsp water
3 tbsp corn syrup (honey can also br used)
2 tbsp rum
Powdered sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)
Take the chopped raisins in a jar and pour the rum. Close the lid and shake it well. Soak it for a minimum of 24 hours-48 hours, shaking in between. The more you soak the better will be the flavor. If you are pressed for time, you may soak it on the same day for a minimum of 4-6 hours and then slightly warm the mixture in the microwave and let it cool before starting the rest of the process.
Cream the butter and sugar together till light and smooth. Now add the rind, oil, and vanilla extract and whip further. Now add the eggs one at a time, whipping after each addition. Add the flour mixture alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Fold in one direction till all the flour has been well incorporated without any lumps. Now fold in the raisins along with the residual liquid, if any. You can also add some chopped citrus peel if you wish.
Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius. Grease a 10" bundt pan with oil or cooking spray and pour the batter into it, evenly spreading the top.
Take sugar, water and corn syrup/honey in a bowl and bring it to a boil on stove top while stirring continuously and till the sugar dissolves. Remove from flame and add the rum.
Apply this glaze on the warm cake on all sides (top and bottom) with a brush in regular intervals till the cake cools down completely and has absorbed most of the glaze. You can reserve the glaze for use later on with your ice creams. You can garnish the cake with some powdered sugar or enjoy a slice as is!! Both ways, it is super yum!