09-20-2017 Explore the Cayman Islands

Judith and Christina Rankine and Judith’s mother Florence Parker entertained the Club for the opening meeting of the 2017/2018 year. The title of their talk was Explore the Cayman Islands, from learning fascinating facts to trying fabulous food to creating a fantastic floral arrangement using tropical foliage. Judith and her family have lived in the Cayman Islands and brought a wealth of knowledge about the islands. Members sampled food from the Islands, learned about many aspects of living there and then each person created a unique floral arrangement. Many thanks to Judith and her daughter and mother for creating such a wonderful meeting.

Judith has kindly given us her recipe

Cayman Islands Rum Cake


18 ½ oz. yellow cake mix

4 oz. vanilla instant pudding mix

4       eggs

½ cup   milk  (substitute coconut milk if desired)

½ cup   gold rum (or brandy works really well too )

1 cup     chopped walnuts

(1 cup    flaked coconut if desired)  


½ cup     butter

1 cup      sugar

¼ cup     water

½ cup     rum

 Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Grease and flour Bundt pan

Put chopped walnuts on the bottom of prepared pan (add the coconut if desired)

Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, milk and rum and beat for 2 minutes

Pour into pan and bake for 55 minutes

Cool in pan for 15 minutes and then invert on serving plate

Prick cake all over with skewer

Prepare Glaze by melting butter in saucepan over stove

Add sugar and water then boil for 5 minutes

Turn off stove and immediately add rum

Spoon glaze slowly over cake to allow it to absorb.


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