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So … I usually make a double batch version of this cake. When I do the double batch – which is pretty much always – I use a commercial-size loaf pan. For a single batch, I tend to favour a bundt pan. I’m going to give you the recipe for a single cake. It calls for half the rum of the one I usually make but it’s a more practical recipe to have on hand.  I’ve made this cake from scratch and from a mix to equally good reviews.  I’ll provide both recipes here.

Off the top of my head, here are some tips:

*Due to the number of eggs in the recipe, the batter easily overflows, especially in a bundt pan. I recommend erring on the side of caution: under-fill the pan. A cookie sheet underneath the pan can save you some work later on.

*You’re going to invert the cake to serve it so don’t fret how the top looks.  

*I’ve been known to use a little rum extract in the cake – both within the batter and in the syrup – but I can’t vouch for the taste, nor economy of using extract. I just have it on hand in the event that there’s not quite enough rum. Extract does NOT, however, replace the real McCoy.


Does alcohol burn off when baked in a cake?

Although some of the alcohol cooks off during the baking process, 

a reasonable percentage remains for consumption 

(after baking for 30 minutes, 35% of the alcohol is still present).

* Use pale, gold or dark or even spiced rum. Do not use white or clear rum. 

* This cake tastes even better the next day.  I’ve never served it warm, only cold. Warm, however,  could be fantastic! 

* A dollop of whipped cream pairs well with the cake.  Ice cream seems too heavy and wet alongside this moist cake.

I’ve made rum cake from scratch and I’ve made it from a mix. Both are equally satisfying.  

Here are both recipes:

Caribbean Style Rum Cake

Old Rubby Rum Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees for shiny or glass pans; 325 degrees for dark or non-stick pans. Grease pans.

Golden (or Yellow) cake mix

Vanilla Instant pudding mix [99 gram (serves 4) package]

4 large eggs

½ cup water 

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup rum

Whip eggs with a mixer until fluffy

Slowly add water, vegetable oil and rum

Continue blending until mixed

Slowly add cake mix and pudding mix.  Be sure that mixes are lump free before adding to liquids.  Blend on medium speed for two minutes.

Pour batter into the pan.  Don’t overfill the pans.

Baking time depends on the pan. A metal bundt pan cake will want to be checked on around the half hour mark. Shallow round pans will need to be checked around the twenty minute mark. Use a skewer to test for doneness and use your own judgement.

Rum Syrup

¼ pound of butter

¼ cup of water

1 cup of white sugar

½ cup of rum

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Turn heat way down and simmer the syrup until it thickens.

Remove cake from the oven. Poke holes over the entire surface with a long skewer.  Pour rum syrup over the entire cake while the cake is still hot. Use up all the syrup. Leave cake in the pan until the syrup has settled; ideally, leave cake overnight on the countertop to absorb the syrup.

Invert cake onto a platter to serve.  If cake doesn’t release, put a warm, damp cloth over the underside of the cake pan.

Slice and serve with, or without, whipping cream. Pairs exceptionally well with coffee.

Here’s one of my rum cakes, hot out of the oven, about to get doused with rum syrup.

7 thoughts on “RUM CAKE RECIPE(S)”

    1. Kathleen, I just saw your comment. Thanks so much! By the way, lots of great prizes coming up on the website soon. Be sure to register to win!!

  1. Good recipes to accompany holidays are a joy to behold. This rum cake recipe looks and sounds delicious, and is probably a subject of conversation whenever a get-together is being organized:
    “Are you making your rum cake?”
    “Yes, of course”
    “Great, but just don’t let Fred have more than one piece. Last year I had to drive home after he had a second helping (laughter)
    “OK, I’ll try. But he is YOUR husband (more laughter)
    “For 44 years!” (Sigh, small chuckle)
    “Be sure to come early. Bye now”
    Of this are long friendships born and perpetuated. Those and a good glass of rose’ wine and smiles and hugs. Nothing better.
    Thanks Jane.

  2. Was able to try this just the other day Wow ! Cant wait to make this over the holidays and hope my guest luv it just as much as I do……Thank you thank you

    1. I’m a delinquent, Kandace! Just responding to your comments now. It IS a great cake, isn’t it? A genuine crowd pleaser. Lots of great prizes coming up on the website this spring so be sure to register for the contests … oh, and I’ll add in a few more of my favourite recipes, too!

  3. Bryan – inexplicably – I’m just seeing your comments now. Thanks so much! I sure hope you made this cake! It’s truly the crowd pleaser your amusing comment reflect. Lots of great prizes coming up on the website in spring so be sure to register when the contests come up!
    Warm regards,

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