Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Chocolate Rum Cake


My friends, Beth and Vivienne, both shared their rum cake recipes with me and after pleasing many people, I got creative and kicked the recipe up a notch by making it a Chocolate Rum Cake.  Some people still prefer the original rum cake recipe (yellow cake mix and vanilla pudding), but those who have tried the chocolate, agree it’s quite sinful in nature. J


     Cake Mixture

½ cup chopped candied pecans (optional)

(1)        18-ounce package chocolate cake mix (Duncan Hines)

(1)        3-ounce package chocolate instant pudding

½ cup light rum (like Bacardi)

½ cup water

½ cup vegetable oil

4 eggs


Rum Glaze

1 ½ cup sugar

1 ½ sticks of butter

¼ cup rum

¼ cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour bundt pan.  Put nuts on the bottom.  In a medium bowl, combine dry cake mix and dry pudding and mix well.  In a large mixing bowl, beat rum, water, oil, and eggs.  Add dry Cake Mixture to rum mixture and beat for 2 minutes.  Pour into bundt pan and set timer for 50 minutes and bake. 


In the meantime, put Rum Glaze ingredients in a medium sauce pan and let sit during the 50 minutes.  When the timer goes off, leave the cake in the oven another 10 minutes and heat the Rum Glaze to a soft boil. 


Remove cake from the oven and immediately, yet slowly, pour hot glaze over cake.  Cool in pan for about 45 minutes and turn out.  Serve warm or cooled with whipped cream.  You can also sprinkle powdered sugar over the cake and set a flower in the middle for presentation.   


Unique Cake Pans

Another fun idea, especially for Valentine’s Day,Baby or Wedding Shower, is to get a cake pan with unique bite-size cakes (like in the shape of hearts or flowers — William Sonoma has beautiful bite-size cake designs as well as unique cup cake and other fun cake pans – check them out at under “Bakeware”).  Share your little chocolate delights with your loved ones, teachers, neighbors, guests, etc.  The cake mix goes a long way with the bite-size cake pan.  So rich, unique and very impressive!



xo Christie Lynch xo

It seems like the day after Christmas the Valentine decorations in the stores come out!   In January I’m already seeing Easter stuff.  Yikes!  Society! Merchandisers!  Slow down!
In January I don’t mind still having some RED (a rich, deep red; not the red of this font!) in my warm-colored home.  I love the color RED, both at Christmas and to support the “love” theme of Valentine’s Day.  I’m not into the tchocky Valentine decorations as much as I am into a classic, clean, simple yet impactful look of a flower arrangement.  And how great if you can find fake flowers that look so real (from a distance!). 

A Love Journal can be an easy but impactful way to let someone know you care about them.
“Love Journal” – Create one!



  • Purchase/Make a small – medium sized journal
  • Add photos you like and hand-write what you love about that photo/person
  • This is a great Valentine’s gift.  Everyone loves photos and telling someone what you love about them, can’t hurt either!

EnJOY and tell me about yours!