Rachav is commonly called Rahab in English. She was the prostitute in Jericho who hid the Israelite spies in the days of Joshua. By faith she believed in the Elohim of Israel and became the great-great-grandmother of King David, and was in the genealogy of our Messiah! Just as prostitutes can be redeemed, cooking with alcohol isn’t inherently evil. This sweet dessert is a special indulgence for us, usually made only once per year.
Rachav Rum Cake
1 cup (approx. 6 oz) chopped pecans
1 box (18.5 oz) yellow cake mix
1 box (approx. 3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
½ cup cold milk
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup dark rum
1 stick butter
¼ cup water
1 cup sugar
½ cup dark rum
Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Toast nuts in skillet with 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar, stirring constantly. After toasting nuts, sprinkle them on bottom of Bundt pan. Combine all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well for up to 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool completely in pan. Invert on serving plate. Prick top with fork. Drizzle glaze over top of cake. Use brush or spoon to put extra dripping back on cake.
Glaze: Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Caution: the rum will cause steam. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Note: This cake tastes better the longer it sits, and it freezes very nicely.