Hedy Goldsmith Inspired by Rare Rum: A Cupcake Is Born (Recipe)
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink's executive pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith, has created a Stormy Seven Fathoms cupcake with coconut lime frosting. The cupcake is an Island holiday in a treat, bringing together rum, spices, the tang of citrus and the sweetness of coconut. Goldsmith says that the cupcakes are "my favorite dark & stormy cocktail...only edible. They're a great vehicle for rum." Seven Fathoms rum, to be exact.
Seven Fathoms rum is produced and bottled by the Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery, a few miles down the road from Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Camana Bay, Grand Cayman. On a recent weekend trip for the island's Slow Food Day, the Genuine Hospitality Group's brand director, Jackie Sayet, and I visited the distillery for a tour and tasting. The distillery produces several spirits including a Scotch Bonnet rum that is flavorful and potent, but is best known for their premium rum that is actually aged underwater.
Photo by Laine Doss The rum that started it all.
Co-founder Walker Romanica took us through the distillation process while we sipped rum. When we finally got to the part about the underwater aging process, we obviously didn't go diving to see the barrels resting underwater, but Romanica assured us that somewhere off the coast of Grand Cayman, oak barrels, sealed in a watertight container, are resting 42 feet (or seven fathoms) under the blue-green waters. The idea is that the waves agitating the rum do a better job than simply rotating the barrels in a warehouse.
The underwater magic works, because the rum is smooth, with hints of caramel. It's a perfect spirit to sip on the rocks with a squeeze of lime or with ginger beer in a dark and stormy -- which brings us back to the cupcakes.
Romanica was bringing his Seven Fathoms rum to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and asked chef Goldsmith to create a rum dessert to pair it with. The result? The Stormy Seven Fathoms cupcake. The cupcake was such a hit, that Goldsmith is bringing it to Miami.