Aww…the smell of Christmas is in the air. Rum cake is in the oven and cheese balls are nestled in the fridge.
I don’t know about you, but it’s not Christmas without them. My mother made rum cakes every Christmas, often for all her nurses until she realized exactly how much each was costing her! It was the same thing with the cheese balls. The cost of ingredients kept going up – up – up!
We also call this rum cake her funeral cake because she made it for the family anytime someone close passed away. I remember it more at Christmas time though, trying to stay out-of-sight-out-of-mind during the time of deaths.
Mother always saved out a cup of batter from the rum cake if I wasn’t around to lick the bowl – even after I had children of my own and should have been making that cake myself. I never got sick from eaten that batter with five raw eggs in it. Shhhh, I still eat it. You haven’t lived until you do.
All my girls make rum cakes at Christmas time now and they also make the traditional cheese balls.
I’m not sure if Andrew ever will though. He doesn’t like the cheese ball – doesn’t know what he’s missing! He loves rum cake though and when he was little he asked Granny if she could make it with out the brown stuff on the outside. We haven’t figured out yet how to make just the inside of a cake!
What holiday cooking traditions are you passing down from your family?