Almost a year ago now I was at my best friend’s wedding. They got married in a downtown high-rise with a view of the mountains and city lights that was nothing short of magical. My drink that night was the best I’ve ever had, a refreshing perfect combination of flavors – a blackberry mojito.
I think about that drink a lot.
When I started to think about summer flavors to bake, I knew this was at the top of the list. I wanted to make a beautiful summer cake that embodied that incredible mojito. I hope that you will create this for your friends and family and impress them with that lovely combination of lime, mint, blackberry and of course, a splash of rum.
I did some research on rum before starting this recipe, since I am far from a spirits expert. I found that although a lighter rum is recommended for cocktails, the darker rum (about that of Bacardi Gold) shines more in this cake. The mint syrup is a light flavor addition to the cake, so if you really want the mint to stand out I highly recommended adding the finely minced mint leaves to the cake batter.