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Pio Quinto: Nicaraguan Rum Cake

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Description Edit

Pio Quinto is a Nicaraguan rum cake topped with a vanilla custard (natilla) and dusted with cinnamon. This cake may have been named after Pope Pius V and there is also a Pio Quinto River in Nicaragua but the exact origin for the name of this dessert is not known.

Pio Quinto 1418a

Pio Quinto

This is a delicious and light version of Pio Quinto, made with a butter substitute in the rum glaze and egg whites in the cake. The recipe yields 6 mini cakes. Instead of traditional Natilla that uses milk and egg yolks, Ithis custard is made with light coconut milk. Like Natilla, it is thickened with cornstarch. The resulting custard is airy and light and deliciously creamy. It is just incredible paired with the rum cakes! Rum-soaked dried plums are also a nice addition and make the cakes look very pretty.

Ingredients Edit

Vanilla custard Edit

Rum-soaked dried plums Edit

Cake Edit

  • 1 (18.4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 4 egg whites (or use egg substitute)
  • ½ cup rum
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (3½ ounce) package instant vanilla pudding

Rum glaze Edit

  • 1 stick butter (or butter substitute such as Smart Balance)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ⅓ cup rum

To serve Edit

Directions Edit

Rum-soaked dried plums Edit

  1. Place dried plums in a bowl and pour rum over them.
  2. Let the dried plums soak at least overnight or for 24 hours.

Custard Edit

  1. Place coconut milk, Vanilla, and Agave in a small saucepan. Bring to boil.
    Pio Quinto 1418a
  2. Add the dissolved cornstarch and brown rice flour. Whisk quickly until the mixture starts to thicken.
  3. Take off the heat and whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  4. Pour into a container and refrigerate until chilled.

Cake Edit

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 °F.
  2. Place the cake mix, ⅔ cup rum, 4 eggs, ⅓ cup water, ½ cup vegetable oil, and vanilla pudding. Blend well until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into lightly greased ramekins, dividing equally and filling about ½ of each ramekin.
  4. Bake the cakes for about 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes.

Rum glaze Edit

  1. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of water and ½ cup of sugar. Boil the mixture for a few minutes, constantly stirring.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and mix in ⅓ cup of rum.
  4. Using a toothpick make many tiny holes on the tops of the cakes.
  5. Drizzle the cakes evenly with ¼ of the rum glaze. Then invert the cakes onto a platter.
  6. Make more holes all over and drizzle the rest of the rum glaze over the cakes.
  7. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

To serve Edit

  1. Top the rum cakes with vanilla custard, dust lightly with cinnamon, and top with a rum-soaked dried plum.

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