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XXXtra Rummy Rum Cake Recipe

Updated on January 6, 2014
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

Moist & Flavorful Rum Cake
Moist & Flavorful Rum Cake | Source

Rum Cake Made From Scratch

I was barely old enough to sit at the dinner table without a booster seat when I first heard of rum balls. My grandmother had filled a tin full of them and Mother was raving. When I found out they were cake-like, I knew I had to try them. "You're too little," explained my mother, "There's jello for you."

Jello! We'd have to see about this! No way would I settle for jiggly, artificially-colored gelatin while the adults ate delectable, sugar-covered cake balls. I calmly finished dinner and retired to my bedroom. Sometime in the middle of the night I awoke with a jerk. Rum balls! How could I forget? I sneaked down in the cover of winter darkness, floor boards creaking gently under my stocking feet.

Once in the living room, I popped open the tin and peeked inside: Grandma's snowball puffs awaited. Without hesitation I popped one in my mouth then shuddered as the rum ball burned a trail down my throat. Phew! I spit out the remainder in the trashcan and then carefully covered the evidence of my mischief with some crumpled newspaper.

Nevertheless, my obsession with liqueur-spiked sweets stayed with me. And as an adult, my tastes changed considerably. Unlike the rum balls I sampled as a child, this rum cake is meltingly moist and cloyingly sweet.

Say goodbye to boring rum cake: dry, heavy and flavorless with only a hint of rum flavor. Say "yes" to cake that is incredibly moist, tender and packed with real rum flavor. You have to taste it to believe us...this is the best rum cake you'll ever sink your teeth into.

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Tips

  • Use a 10-cup bundt pan for this rum cake.
  • Thoroughly grease and flour the bundt pan so the cake doesn't stick.
  • Beat whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Remove cake from the oven as soon as a toothpick tests clean and not a minute longer!
  • Don't be shy about poking holes in the cake. You want the rum syrup to soak every inch of the cake.
  • Allow cake to cool thoroughly before attempting to unmold it.
  • Serve rum cake with cold milk or a cup of hot coffee or tea. Enjoy!
  • If you'd like to learn how to convert this recipe for high altitude baking, click here: High Altitude Cake - Banana Rum Cake Recipe


Cook Time

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
  • Yields: Serves 8-10

Favorite Rum Cake

4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Best Rum Cake

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup dark rum*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Click here for a high altitude adjustment chart: How to Adjust a Sea Level Cake Recipe for High Altitude Cooking

How to Make XXXtra Rummy Rum Cake

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Thoroughly grease and flour a 10-cup bundt pan.
  3. Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Measure milk and rum in a large measuring cup. Add vanilla.
  5. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add yolks and beat well.
  6. In 3 additions, alternately blend flour mixture and milk mixture into sugar/egg mixture, starting and ending with flour.
  7. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  8. Gently fold into cake batter with a rubber spatula.
  9. Pour into prepared bundt pan and slide into hot oven.
  10. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a tester toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  11. While cake is baking, prepare rum syrup. (see below)
  12. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes.
  13. Using a toothpick, poke holes all over bundt cake.
  14. Slowly pour rum syrup all over cake.
  15. Allow cake to cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes.
  16. Carefully unmold bundt cake. While it is still slightly warm, wrap in plastic and store overnight.
  17. Pour rum glaze over completely cool cake.
  18. Serve with milk, hot coffee or tea. Enjoy!

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Homemade Vanilla Scented Rum
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Rum Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, salted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum

Instructions

  1. Combine butter, sugar and rum in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Allow to cool before use.


Rum Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup salted butter, melted
  • 2-4 Tablespoons dark rum, to taste
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Pour melted butter and rum into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add powdered sugar and blend with a hand mixer or whisk until smooth.
  3. Drizzle over cooled bundt cake.


Moist Rum Cake
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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rebeccamealey, I'm glad you're going to make this delicious rum cake. Enjoy!

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    Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I LOVE rum cake. My sister makes it every year over the holidays, but this year, she has a badly broken wrist . Guess I will just have to take over and use this great recipe. Thanks!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for sharing, Au fait!

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    C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

    Came back to share this again with my followers. This would be perfect for the upcoming holidays!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks FlourishAnyway!

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    Oooh I had to come back to the rum cake. Yum yum for your rum cake.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Lindacee, what a cute anecdote from your childhood! I just love rum-laden cakes now that I'm grown up. : )

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    lindacee 3 years ago from Arizona

    Your recipes are always a pleasure to read and try! I remember when I was child and my grandmother would make rum cake for the holidays. They wouldn't let me have any because of the rum glaze. Now I can make it any time and enjoy the cake--rum glaze and all! :)

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    FlourishAnyway, thanks for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed a moist and tasty cake.

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    I'm back to say I made this and it was moist and delicious. Just wonderful!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mylindaelliott, how funny that you also hated rum balls. Tastes definitely change as we get older! Thanks for your comment.

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    mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

    That is too funny. I hated rum balls as a teenager. Now I love them. Great recipe and tips.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    irvinetraveller, thanks so much for the feedback! I`m glad the cake was a success...now you`ll have to give in to your friends´requests and bake it again soon. : ) Enjoy your Friday and upcoming weekend.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    rebeccamealey, enjoy your sister`s rum cake. I like this one because the syrup added to the warm baked cake makes it moist and even more flavorful. Thanks for your comment!

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    Kukata Kali 3 years ago

    And thank you!

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    irvinetraveller 3 years ago from California

    I baked the XXXtra Rummy Rum Cake! It was a success. I brought it to a meeting to share and everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Ah yes, this just like the drunken rum cake my sister makes. Awesome hub, thanks. I can't wait to get a piece.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Kukata Kali, glad you are going to try this delicious rum cake! Enjoy and thanks for the comment and share.

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    Kukata Kali 3 years ago

    Voted up! Looks easy enough, I'm going to give it a whirl for the winter solstice. Thank you :)

    Oh, and I'm sharing on my FB.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Au fait, thanks so much for your comment and pin!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Irvinetraveller, thanks for pointing out that omission. I have edited the instructions. Add egg yolks after beating sugar and butter. Enjoy the flavorful rum cake!

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    C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

    This looks so scrumptious! I've pinned it to my 'Fabulous Deserts' board and voted it up! Perfect for the holidays or any occasion.

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    irvinetraveller 3 years ago from California

    Hi vespawoolf,

    I am preparing to make the cake! I'd like to ask if the egg yolks go into the butter/sugar mixture. Thanks.

    irvinetraveller

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    janshares, thank you for your enthusiasm for this rum cake. I hope you can try these flavorful cake someday. Thanks for the share, votes, and comment!

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    Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

    Aaaahhhhh! This recipe takes my breath away, vespawoolf. Rum cake is my absolute favorite for the holidays. I've never made one as baking is not my forte, but I love to eat them. I also LOVE rum balls and look forward to those at the Christmas bazaar baked goods table every year. This was a good read and yummy hub. Thanks for sharing; up, useful, and awesome.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    irvinetraveller, I'm pleased you're going to bake this delicious rum cake. Yes, it's a favorite of our friends. We have been using a rum from the Dominican Republic called Ron Barceló, but any dark rum should work well. Enjoy and thanks for your comment.

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    irvinetraveller 3 years ago from California

    Thanks, vespawoolf, for this recipe. I have been looking for a good rum cake recipe and I know I can trust yours. The way you wrote your recipe clearly shows that you have baked this cake many, many times. I wonder if you can give me a brand suggestion for rum to use?

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    Susan 3 years ago from India

    Wow... This looks so yummy... I wish i could eat it now.

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    Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

    In fact, I should be thankful to you, vespawoolf...

    Keep posting such hubs :-)

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    ChitrangadaSharan, I'm glad you enjoyed reading about this rum cake and hope you can try it sometime. Thanks for your comment.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sehnonimo, thanks for coming by!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    AvineshP, thanks for your comment.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    AliciaC, iI'm happy to hear that you plan to try this recipe. Enjoy and thanks for your comment.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wabash annie, I'm glad you are going to try this rum cake recipe. Enjoy!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

    This looks yummy and you have done it so well with all the pictures and instructions! I will definitely try this. I have had Rum cake earlier but yet to make it on my own.

    Thanks for sharing the details!

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    Sehnonimo 3 years ago from San Bruno, CA

    Oh, god. Now I'm hungry. And have no means of making this any time soon, or getting a suitable replacement to calm my cravings. Great. Thanks =P

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    Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

    Wow !!! the images look scrumptious and I would surely try the rum cake this Christmas.

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    Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This sounds very flavorful, vespawoolf! I plan to try the recipe over the Christmas holiday. I'm sure my family will love it!

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    wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

    I made rum cakes years ago but want to try this one. It looks excellent. I love the pictures and how organized the directions where. Thanks much for sharing this recipe!

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    Keely Deuschle 3 years ago from Florida

    Sounds delicious! Voted up, shared, and pinned!

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    Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Thanks for the detailed instructions on how to make your rum cake. Going to pin it so that I can easily find it when I wish to make it. I also have a good rum ball recipe. Haven't made them in some time. Thanks for the reminder. Loved hearing about your first experience in eating them...or should I say spitting it out. Haha!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    DDE, thanks for all your support!

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    XXXtra Rummy Rum Cake Recipe looks a wonderful treat and sounds a wonderful idea. Your recipes are awesome!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    starstream, this is a great special occasion cake. Thanks for coming by!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Glimmer Twin Fan, I´m glad you may give this cake a try. It really is perfect for a special occasion. Thanks as always for your support!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    DzyMsLizzy, light rum has a milder flavor but would work just fine. I would definitely recommend using the rum you prefer. Thanks for the vote, stars, share and pin.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Suzanne Day, I hope you can find a willing volunteer. Thanks for your comment.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Anamika S, it is hard to stop with just one piece!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    moonlake, this so much for the pin and comment. : )

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Deborah-Diane, I´m glad you´re going to try this delicious rum cake!

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    Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

    WOW! Sounds like a wonderful Christmas season cake. I am sure glad you shared it with us.

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

    Vespa - This looks incredible. I really enjoy rum cake and this is special. I might bring this to an upcoming New Year's party. Shared around. Beautiful recipe and great photos!

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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Sounds "delish," and something new to try for my annual holiday party!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I think I might only have light rum on hand, as that's what I prefer, so hopefully that will work.

    Voted up, starred, shared and pinned.

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    Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    A delicious looking cake that would make my Christmas! Now, all I have to do is to rope one of my family members into making it for me ;) Voted useful and up!

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    Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    That looks yummy! I wouldn't mind eating the whole cake.

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    moonlake 3 years ago from America

    Beautiful cake and it looks so good. Love your photos. Pinning this to my cake board.

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    Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

    This sounds wonderful! I love Rum cake, so I am going to give this recipe a try! :)

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jackie Lynnnley, this is the cake my friends and family most request. I hope you enjoy making and eating it as much as we do! Thanks for your enthusiastic comment.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    chef-de-jour, I appreciate your enthusiasm for this rum cake! I love how moist and flavorful it is. Thanks for your comment!

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Well you just know I am going to make this! I make a rum cake I got a recipe here for my son and daughter-in-law and I think this might just beat that one. Something fun to look forward to, thank you so much! ^+

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    Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Wonderful everything! How can I not make this myself, or at least ask someone with more cake skills than myself to create it? Great photos for a great recipe.

    Votes and a share!

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