Boma: Pineapple Spice Cake

Pineapple Spice Cake

Boma - Flavors of Africa, Animal Kingdom Lodge

Yield: 15 servings

1 cup Brazil nuts
1 cup butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 pineapple, diced and sauteed
8 ounces water
4 ounces rum
4 ounces sugar for syrup
8 ounces fondant
8 ounces heavy cream
2 vanilla beans

Toast Brazil nuts, cool, then grind. Set aside.

Make brown butter with vanilla beans. Remove from heat, add honey, and then set aside to cool.

Whip egg yolks with half the sugar. Combine all the dry ingredients, and then stir in brown butter. Add the yolks. Whip the egg yolks with the rest of the sugar to stiff peaks, and then fold into above.

Fold the diced, sauteed, and cooled pineapple into the batter. Pour batter into dome molds.

Bake in a 340 degree oven for about 25 minutes. When they come out, set on a rack for glazing.

Make a syrup with the rum, sugar, and water. Brush on the cakes while still hot.

Heat up the fondant and pipe frosting on each dome. Set aside to cool. Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Pipe a dollop on top of each dome.

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