Simple Rum Cake Recipe

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The following recipe is an older one for making deliciously intoxicating rum cake. Although rum cakes were once quite popular they seemed to wain in mainstream popularity over the years. This is a great recipe if you want to switch things up from the usual drab chocolate cake desert,or impress your friends when throwing a party. :)

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 1 cake


  • 1 cup walnuts (or pecans), chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Wesson Oil
  • 1/2 cup 80 proof rum

Cake Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 325°F
  2. Grease tube pan
  3. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan, pour batter
  4. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool

Glaze Instructions

1. Melt 1/4 lb. of butter, and add into pan with 1/2 cup of cold water, and 1 cup of granulated sugar.

2. Boil mixture in the pan for 5 minutes making sure to stir constantly.

3. Remove pan from the hit and stir in the 1/2 cup of rum.

4. Pick top of cake with form and then pour the glaze on top

Some Personal Tricks and Tips!

This recipe produces a cake with quite a bit of icing. Don't worry, this is actually intended to be this way! But if you simply enjoy making cakes with a more modest level of icing I would recommend the following deviation from the recipe.

1. Prepare the rum glaze in advanced to baking your cake.

2. Let cake cool for 7-10 min at room temperature

3. Pour glaze on cake when still warm. (This allows the cake to absorb some of the glaze)

4. After allowing 2 min for the glaze to be partially absorbed, invert onto cake pan.

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tamron 4 years ago

I haven't made a rum cake in years. I think I will try your recipe because I don't remember how I use to make rum cake.

Thanks for Recipe

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Dontei 4 years ago Author

I'm glad it will be off use to you !

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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Sounds great! I love rum cake and like that you also use walnuts in this recipe. Rated up!

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Dontei 4 years ago Author

I am a big walnut lover :) thanks for your comment

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is one of the best and under rated deserts ever. I haven't tried making one but I think I will now. Excellent!

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Dontei 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you'll let me know how it goes if you decide to make it.

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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

A rum cake? 80 proof? Sounds interesting to me. My old mother used to try lots of different 'medicines' when making her famed trifles (English) for the family. Often a nice medium sherry was the choice which complimented the fruit and was soaked up magically by the sponge.

Thanks for this easy to follow cake - when the next birthday comes around we'll give a try! Or maybe even sooner!

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Dontei 4 years ago Author

Great, I am hopeful that you will really enjoy the rum cake. Assuming you can find the time to try this recipe; I would enjoy hearing how it went once you make it. : )

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