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Rum Cake Recipe

One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

If you like cake and enjoy the taste of rum you will love this cake recipe. It is one of my favorite desserts to make anytime of year. I've heard that this cake gets better with age but I really wouldn't know as it usually all goes the first day after making it.

This is not an original recipe. I found this at my local liquor store. They always have recipe cards that are free for the taking on the counter. It is actually a Bacardi Rum Cake, but I've found that you can use any golden to dark rum that you prefer.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

Will serve 6-10 people depending on size of slices

I bet you can't eat just one slice

Ingredients For Rum Cake

  • 1 cup of chopped pecans (You can use walnuts or omit the nuts all together)
  • 1 yellow cake mix such as Duncan Hines
  • 1 package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of rum (golden to dark works best)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

To Start

Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a bundt pan. If you are using nuts, sprinkle them in the bottom of a tube or bundt pan.

Making The Batter

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir and mix yellow cake mix together with eggs and instant pudding.
  2. Add oil, water and rum. With an electric mixer on low speed beat until well mixed. Beat on high speed for two minutes.
  3. Pour the batter mixture into the bundt pan and bake for one hour. If your oven cooks a bit faster or slower, it's always best to check the cake with a toothpick to make sure it is cooked.
  4. Remove from oven and cool for at least 15 minutes. Turn onto a plate or serving dish.

Making The Glaze

In a saucepan melt the butter and stir in water, rum and sugar. Boil for approximately 5 minutes stirring constantly. Gently prick the top of the cake with a toothpick and spoon the glaze mixture over the cake. Let the glaze absorb into the cake and then repeat until all glaze is used.

Glaze For Rum Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of rum
  • 1/2 cup of sugar



© 2012 Susan Zutautas

Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 30, 2013:

FlourishAnyway, Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 30, 2013:

Ooooh does this sound good! I am going to try this!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 19, 2012:

Jackie, Glad you like the recipe and thanks so much for letting me know. Merry Christmas!

Jackie on December 19, 2012:

Getting ready to make more of your rum cakes! They are so yummy, and popular.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2012:

Hi shin_rock, Nice to meet you. One of my favorites too :)

shin_rocka04 from Maryland on December 17, 2012:

I haven't had Rum Cake in a while. Man, it is a serious favorite.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 25, 2012:

Cyndi, Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 25, 2012:

Audra, Thanks :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 25, 2012:

barbergirl, I think I only use my bundt pan for this recipe. I know I've had the pan forever and can't remember why I originally bought it. Hope you enjoy the cake :)

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on April 25, 2012:

I love Rum Cake. My late uncle would make a fantastic rum cake. I never got the recipe, unfortunately. I'll have to try yours. It looks easy and delicious, everything I require of a recipe! Thanks for giving us your find.

iamaudraleigh on April 25, 2012:

Easy and tasty...like a lot!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

I am a big fan of Rum... So would it be wrong to say... "You had me at Rum!" However, oddly as it may seems, as I was reading through this, I realized I don't own a bundt cake. Seriously - with all the baking I do. I guess I will have to go get one now! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 09, 2012:

Thomas, I'll let you know the next time I make it and you can come on up :)

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on April 09, 2012:

Susan and RUM cake...yes...half of WHATEVER is left...hmmm... I'd better go to Canada to get it my own-self.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 09, 2012:

HawaiiHeart, I especially like fruit cake that has been doused in rum for 2 months prior to eating it :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 09, 2012:

cebutouristspot, You're welcome, and I hope that you enjoy it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 09, 2012:

roxanne, I never thought of making this cake as a gift. Great idea! Thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 09, 2012:

ytsenoh, If you do make it with the Australian wine please let me know how it turned out. I've too thought about adding different liquors to make this cake but I like the rum flavor so much.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 09, 2012:

Thomas, I'll send you 1/2 of what's left next time I make it :)

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on April 08, 2012:

A former co-worker used to make rum cakes. I think I could get tipsy just by the smell - it was so strong! But it was really good.

cebutouristspot from Cebu on April 08, 2012:

Reading your hub make me want to start baking :) Thanks for this recipe.

Roxanne Lewis from Washington on April 08, 2012:

Love this! This will make a great birthday gift for a friend of mine, I will be making this on Saturday! Thanks :)

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on April 08, 2012:

Great hub and I give you thumbs up because selfishly, it's the same recipe I make. We love rum cake! I've been entertaining the idea of using an Australian wine in place of the rum that's called Golden Tango Cream. The problem with rum cake is that you can eat it and eat it and eat it. It's great for the holidays!

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on April 08, 2012:

mmmm...I remember wanting someone to make this cake and then give me half.

Thomas

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 24, 2012:

Mark, Hope you enjoy the cake and thanks for stopping by.

markbennis on February 24, 2012:

This sounds delicious I have never had Rum Cake before but I do like cake and I do like a bit of Rum, so I shall be looking forward to sampling this duo as one, thanks and voted up!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 12, 2012:

Prasetio, Hope that you enjoy this cake as much as I do. Thank you, always nice to see you.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 12, 2012:

I love this cake. It sound delicious and I can't wait to make it soon. Thank you very much. Rated up!

Prasetio

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2012:

Claudia, I will have to try this chocolate version of this cake. Thank you.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on February 06, 2012:

For about 15 years I have done this exact rum cake, but in its chocolate version. All ingredients are the same except for the yellow cake mix and vanilla pudding, which I substitute with chocolate cake mix and chocolate pudding. I don’t add nuts either. You are right, it is absolutely delicious! I find chocolate and rum go very well together and I reckon your vanilla version should taste as good as that.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 05, 2012:

Jackie, Thank you so much for coming back to let me know. So glad you enjoyed it.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 04, 2012:

I made it (using walnuts) and it is delicious. I have to share it with someone tomorrow before I gain 5 pounds!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 04, 2012:

Jackie, Please let me know if you liked the cake.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 03, 2012:

If I can find instant pudding in the house I am having this tonight! Thank you. I know there is rum here pushed back somewhere and has been for ten years I bet, I guess it is still good, lol.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 02, 2012:

Red, I know what you mean :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 02, 2012:

Lindiesl, I make this cake with Jamaican Rum but I don't think it is the same as an authentic Jamaican Rum Cake.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 02, 2012:

Marisa, Most of the time I make this cake with walnuts, only because I usually have them on hand. But I do like pecans. Hope that you enjoy this cake as much we do.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 02, 2012:

alekhouse, Hope that you enjoy this cake and yes the chocolate lava cake I too want to try.

RedSturtz from A land far far away.... on February 02, 2012:

I don't think the rum would make it into the cake if I was cooking...

Lindie from Pennsylvania on February 01, 2012:

I have a friend who has been asking me to make her a Jamaican Rum Cake...Is this the same thing... Regardless it looks delicious!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on February 01, 2012:

First of all - YUM!

This looks and sounds like a pretty easy recipe. I'll have to give it a try REAL soon! I like glazes and this one sure is tempting! I'll probably try it with walnuts and then I'll just have to make it AGAIN and try pecans. (excuses excuses) Thank you for sparking my sweet tooth to crave :)

Always a fan, Marisa / MissOlive

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on February 01, 2012:

Yummmm. I gotta try this and also the chocolate lava cake you have listed above. Thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Steph, Disappears quickly here too. Sometimes I think they've never had dessert before :) Hope that your hubby heals quickly.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Ruby, If you like rum and cake, I think you'll like this cake.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Lady_E, I like it all by itself.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Rosemay, Very yummy and easy to make. If you make it please let me know what you think.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Dave, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm not sure that rum essence would work as this recipe calls for a cup of rum in total. You mean rum essence like vanilla extract?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Dee, Rum all around :) Hope you enjoy this.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Frank, LOL yes a whole cup of rum. Thanks :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

donna, I buy my rum at a liquor store, as in Canada it's the only place we can purchase it. A small bottle or a mickey of rum would be enough to make this cake. Please let me know how it goes.

Ruchira from United States on January 31, 2012:

Susan...my family will indulge the first day when it's made. Then, I have to bribe them to finish it so that I can make something else...

Right now...something else is this yummy cake recipe. I might let go of the rum 'cause of the kid.

Thanks!

R9139 on January 31, 2012:

Scratch my last comment, I tried this tonight and it worked great, :)

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on January 31, 2012:

I wish there was a delicious button for voting up! I love rum cake and sadly - like any dessert at my house - it vanishes practically before your eyes. I am excited to try this recipe. Especially since my hubby is recuperating from surgery, this should lift his spirits (and mine... LOL!)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Ruchira, I wish desserts would last longer in my house. I make something and poof its gone usually that same day. Sometimes though I hide stuff so that it doesn't go so fast.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Brenda, Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Rebecca, This rum cake was the first I'd ever had. I would love to try other ones.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Cardisa, You know how I like rum :) I bet yours is good too. Do you have a hub on how you make yours?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Cags, Always appreciate you coming by to read and comment. Thanks.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2012:

This looks good. I have never tasted a rum cake. I bet your house smells heavenly with all that cooking..Thank's for another great recipe..

Elena from London, UK on January 31, 2012:

It's a lovely Recipe. I wonder what goes with it... Custard or ice cream?

I love it.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on January 31, 2012:

Rum is my favourite drink so I always have a bottle in. I have never made a rum cake but theres always a first time.

This looks yummy and easy

Thank you for sharing

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on January 31, 2012:

Susan you got my mouth watering with this one, especially since today is my birthday and a cake is in order. I seldom if ever buy alcohol so I was wondering.

I can purchase Rum essence in the baking department of my grocery store how would this work as a substitute?

Dee aka Nonna on January 31, 2012:

Love rum cake, rum raisin ice cream, rum sauce on breading pudding, rum balls....you get the picture. I have a couple of family gathering coming up soon and I will definitely use your recipe for this cake. Yummy.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 31, 2012:

did you say a whole cup of rum? LOL great share Susan :) Frank

Isabella Mukanda from Fort Myers on January 31, 2012:

I will make sure to try that one, it sounds easy and I hope it is that easy. I like rum cake after having tasted it this past Christmas. Where do I found rum? At the grocery store? Will I have to buy a whole bottle or are there lesser packages? I may do a blog about it when I get ready just to let you know how it goes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Brian, Yes it's pretty easy to make and comes out so moist. Think I may have to go and make another one this week. Thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Thomas, Rum Balls, Rum Cake, Hot Buttered Rum, I'll see what else I can come up with just for you.

Ruchira from United States on January 31, 2012:

Rum and cake should always go together :)

Gotta make my family finish the rice krispies I made over the weekend to indulge in another desert.

voted up as useful.

Thanks, Susan!

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 31, 2012:

YUM. Makes me want to bake-today! This shall go on my list of things to do. Thanks for the easy recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Austinstar, I've never thought of doing this. Great tip. Thanks, next time I make this I will do the glaze in the original pan. Saves washing a pot :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

RH, Hope that you've gotten that oven thermometer, I think it would really help. Let me know how the cake turns out.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

R9139, Nice to meet you. That's a shame that you've never seen instant vanilla pudding. Where are you from?

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 30, 2012:

My sister makes Rum cake. I don't think she uses pudding. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Sounds great!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on January 30, 2012:

I love rum cake. It's different from mine but looks great non-the-less.

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on January 30, 2012:

Hey Susan, I'm not much of a rum drinker to begin with, but your recipe for Rum Cake looks and sounds delicious. :) Voted up! :)

BRIAN SLATER on January 30, 2012:

Looks great Susan, and the best thing it looks really easy to make, even for a man! Voted up awesome and dugg :)

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on January 30, 2012:

Susan...

I actually like rum and enjoy the taste of cake. Still...I think the recipe will still soothe me...that's what I like to call getting drunk on eatables..."soothe"

Thanks!

Thomas

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on January 30, 2012:

Oh Rum Cake - One of my favorites! And this one looks so easy to make. Did you know that you can cool the cake for 30 minutes or so and pour the glaze into the original pan, then put the cake back in the pan to soak up the glaze? It works great for me.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 30, 2012:

Susan - this is my moms favorite cake - and I'm going to try to make one for her:) lol. If I don't get it right I'll try to go buy one but heck I'll try because shed be so happy:)

I'll take a photo no matter what just for fun! Haha

Up and even beautiful!

R9139 on January 30, 2012:

That looks really good, although every time I have tried to make something like this it always turned into an extra crispy dog chew. I just can't bake anything!

It's a shame I would love to give this one a go but I don't think i have ever seen vanilla pudding here

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