Elizabeth Falkner worked at San Francisco landmarks Masa’s and Rubicon before opening Citizen Cake (now closed). She was kind enough to share this tropical-inspired recipe with us.
Special equipment: A 15-by-10-inch jelly-roll pan is great to have around for baking.
This was updated on December 12, 2017 to note Citizen Cake’s closure.
For the key lime cream:
For the tropical fruits:
To assemble the cake:
Beverage pairing: Kent Rasmussen Winery Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Sonoma. The aromas of this sweet wine suggest the raisinated grapes from which it was made. Its caramel and toffee overtones will merge seamlessy with the rum, while the tropical fruits in the cake are matched perfectly by the character of super-ripe Gewürztraminer.