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14 Best Rum Cake Recipes - A Boozy Spin on Dessert

JANUARY 20, 2023
14 Best Rum Cake Recipes - A Boozy Spin on Dessert
Who doesn’t love a classic rum cake? It’s sweet, moist, and always a crowd-pleaser. But if you’re looking to give the classic dessert a new spin, then try one of these 14 best rum cake recipes. From classic rum cakes to Buttered Rum Eggnog Cake, there’s something for everyone. These recipes are easy to make and sure to please. With these recipes, you’ll be able to serve up a delicious, unique dessert that will have your guests coming back for seconds. So, grab a bottle of rum and let’s get started!
Live Well Bake Often

Homemade Rum Cake

This Homemade Rum Cake is made completely from scratch, incredibly buttery, soft, light, and packed with rum flavor. This cake is also topped with an easy rum glaze that keeps it moist for days!
4
212
1 hr 35 min
TOTAL TIME
626
CALORIES
$1.19
PER SERVING
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Homemade Rum Cake
Baking Sense

Apple Rum Upside Down Cake

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this decadent Apple Rum Upside Down Cake! Juicy apples and warm spices combine with a hint of rum for a delicious treat.
1
742
7
1 hr 10 min
TOTAL TIME
333
CALORIES
$0.58
PER SERVING
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Apple Rum Upside Down Cake
Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen

Buttered Rum Cake

Enjoy a decadent and sweet treat with this buttery rum-infused cake - an indulgent dessert perfect for any special occasion!
12
3,051
1 hr 10 min
TOTAL TIME
514
CALORIES
$1.00
PER SERVING
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Buttered Rum Cake
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The Seasoned Mom

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Rum Cake

This easy Rum Cake starts with a box of cake mix and is soaked in a rich, butter-rum glaze. The perfect holiday dessert!
2
114
3 hr 20 min
TOTAL TIME
476
CALORIES
$0.75
PER SERVING
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Grandma's Old-Fashioned Rum Cake
King Arthur Baking

Caribbean-Style Rum Cake

This cake is a delicious clone of the dense rum cakes you’ll find in Italian-American markets during the holidays. Yes, there’s a lot of rum in it, and it's definitely not for those avoiding alcohol. But the incredibly moist texture and rich flavor are deeply satisfying.
532
4,189
2,877
9 hr 35 min
TOTAL TIME
703
CALORIES
$1.13
PER SERVING
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Caribbean-Style Rum Cake
Southern Living

Mama’s Rum Cake

This rich, spirited Bundt cake recipe comes from Mildred “Mama Dip” Council, of the famed Mama Dip’s Kitchen in Chapel Hill, NC. A double dose of rum in the cake and in the glaze makes it extra moist and fragrant. One bite and you’ll see why it’s a favorite Council family recipe.
1,173
2,651
1 hr 55 min
TOTAL TIME
570
CALORIES
$0.91
PER SERVING
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Mama’s Rum Cake
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Cooklist AI

Tropical Rum Cake

Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this delectable Tropical Rum Cake. Its moist texture, flavorful syrup, and hint of nuttiness make it a satisfying treat. Perfect for celebrations or as an indulgent dessert.
3
1 hr 35 min
TOTAL TIME
493
CALORIES
$1.18
PER SERVING
Tropical Rum Cake
Directions
CAKE
1
Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, instant vanilla pudding mix, baking powder, salt, softened unsalted butter, and vegetable oil. Mix at medium speed until thoroughly combined and sandy-looking.
2
Beat in the milk, followed by the eggs one at a time. Scrape the bowl thoroughly and recombine any residue. Stir in the spiced rum and vanilla extract.
3
Spray a 10- to 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. For extra nuttiness, sprinkle the inside of the pan with almond flour, turning the pan to coat evenly; shake out any excess.
4
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it level with a spatula. Bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
5
Remove the cake from the oven and leave it in the pan to cool slightly while you make the syrup.
SYRUP
6
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine unsalted butter, water, sugar, and salt. Bring to a rapid boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, until the syrup thickens slightly.
7
Remove from heat and stir in the spiced rum and vanilla extract.
8
Use a long skewer to poke holes all over the cake. Pour the syrup over the cake in several repetitions, allowing the syrup to soak in each time.
CAKE
9
Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and let the cake sit overnight at room temperature to cool completely and absorb the syrup.
10
When ready to serve, loosen the edges of the cake and invert onto your serving plate. If the cake won't release, warm it in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes to soften the sticky syrup. Remove from the oven and invert onto the serving plate.
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The Woks of Life

Olive Oil Pecan Rum Cake

This olive oil pecan rum cake has a rich flavor from both rum and olive oil, as well as a delicious nuttiness from the addition of pecans.
1
155
30
1 hr 10 min
TOTAL TIME
291
CALORIES
$0.73
PER SERVING
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Olive Oil Pecan Rum Cake
The Blond Cook

Bacardi Rum Cake

This easy, moist and delicious rum cake prepared with a boxed cake mix and topped with a butter rum glaze is a classic holiday dessert!
2
501
17
1 hr 20 min
TOTAL TIME
789
CALORIES
$1.85
PER SERVING
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Bacardi Rum Cake
The New York Times

Mom’s Famous Rum Cake

This classic rum cake recipe, built around a yellow cake mix, is a favorite of mushers and snowmobilers passing through the village of Tanana, Alaska, in the wintertime. It's hard to mess up, comes together quickly, fills out a Bundt pan reliably and can be made on a whim with ingredients from the ...
163
424
1 hr
TOTAL TIME
852
CALORIES
$1.55
PER SERVING
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Mom’s Famous Rum Cake
Grandbaby Cakes

Buttered Rum Cake Eggnog Recipe

This moist and perfectly spiced Buttered Rum Eggnog Cake Recipe gets jazzed up with a sensational buttered rum sauce that soaks into every bite!
19
1,559
48
1 hr 35 min
TOTAL TIME
477
CALORIES
$0.54
PER SERVING
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Buttered Rum Cake Eggnog Recipe
McCormick

Easy Rum Cake

This delicious cake gets its moistness from the buttery rum glaze that soaks the cake and glazes the top and sides.
127
1 hr 15 min
TOTAL TIME
276
CALORIES
$0.60
PER SERVING
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Easy Rum Cake
The Gold Lining Girl

Banana Rum Cake

Two monster layers of moist, dense, rum-spiked banana cake, layered with tangy and sweet cream cheese buttercream! It's a dream cake for spring !
1
505
1
1 hr 10 min
TOTAL TIME
940
CALORIES
$1.24
PER SERVING
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Banana Rum Cake
Just So Tasty

Rum-Soaked Cake

This classic rum cake is made from scratch and soaked in a delicious rum butter sauce. It's tender, flavorful and the perfect homemade version of the famous Bacardi rum cake!
6
1 hr 50 min
TOTAL TIME
494
CALORIES
$0.93
PER SERVING
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Rum-Soaked Cake
Spiced

Banana Rum Cake

Who wants cake?  This moist and tasty Banana Rum Cake features a bit of rum and plenty of ripe bananas...Cheers!
14
279
2
1 hr 10 min
TOTAL TIME
476
CALORIES
$0.56
PER SERVING
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Banana Rum Cake
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