This is another of Woman’s Day’s No-Bake cakes. I think they’re a great idea for a do-ahead dessert either for the family or when you have friends visiting.
I’m not sure I’d call this a cake recipe, I think it’s more of a no-bake dessert, but I suppose you could serve it up as a cake. It says it should be made a day ahead, which makes it a great dessert for summer lunchtime bbqs.
I think this 70s recipe was probably devised by someone who had a large crop of rhubarb growing in their backyard and was trying to find a way to use it all. Mum wasn’t as creative with Dad’s produce she just stewed it with some sugar and served it with custard – Dad loved it that way.
A true Rum Baba is made with yeast, so this version is much more of a cake, but either way it’s the lovely orange and rum syrup poured over it that makes it so good. Served with cream it makes a great dessert.
I think the words – apple, custard, cake – says it all for this recipe and when you add in apricot jam and perhaps a blob of cream, who needs more………..delicious.
If you add the green coloring I think this could be a great St Patrick’s Day dessert!!!! The peppermint flavouring mixed into the ice cream should be good, but personally I think I’d leave the green out, but that’s entirely up to you.
If you don’t have the time or the energy to make the pastry shell used in this recipe just use a bought one, but make sure you get one big enough, as you don’t want the filling overflowing in the oven.