The Best Rum Cake

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My husband begs me to make this delicious rum cake all the time! Take a food trip to the islands of the Caribbean where rum drinks are plentiful, and you can find Tortuga Rum Cakes in every gift shop.

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But homemade is always better! I try to use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, so my rum cake is crafted using locally sourced products including Natalie's Orange Juice, St. Augustine Distillery's Hand-Made Pot Distilled Rum, and locally grown Indian River citrus.

Ingredients for Basic Rum Cake

1 Package plain yellow cake mix (without pudding added)

1 Package (3.4 ounces) vanilla instant pudding

1/2 Cup rum

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1/2 Cup water

4 Large eggs

**You can add nuts to this recipe if you like nuts. Finely chop 1 cup of pecans or walnuts, and place in bundt pan AFTER it has been greased and floured.

Ingredients for Basic Rum Cake Glaze

4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)

2 Tablespoons water

1/2 Cup sugar

1/4 Cup Bacardi dark rum

Recipe for Basic Rum Cake

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a bundt pan and dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Sprinkle the nuts on the bottom of the pan.
  2. Mix together cake mix, pudding mix, rum, oil, water, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Blend together with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.
  4. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes, scraping the sides down if needed. The batter should look thick and smooth.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.
  6. Bake cake until golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, approximately 58 to 60 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 20-25 minutes. Run a long sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a serving plate. 
  7. Take a long, thin, wooden skewer and poke holes in the top of the cake and around the sides.
  8. Prepare the glaze.

 

Recipe for Basic Rum Cake Glaze

  1. Place butter in a small saucepan and melt it over low heat, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the water and sugar, stirring. 
  3. Increase the temperature to medium heat, and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat slightly and let the glaze simmer until thickened, 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly. 
  5. Remove pan from heat and stir in the rum. 
  6. Spoon the glaze over the cake, allow it to seep into the holes and drizzle down the sides and into the center of the cake.
  7. Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing.

 

A Citrus Twist on the Traditional Rum Cake

The basic rum cake is delicious, but if you want to elevate your rum cake, and really create a crowd-pleaser for your next gathering, try the Yummy Orange Citrus Rum Cake! This rum cake is moist and delicious, and truly it is hard to stop at just one slice. It is my most requested dessert for any function that we attend.

 

Ingredients for Yummy Orange Citrus Rum Cake

1 Package plain yellow cake mix (without pudding added)

1 Package (3.4 ounces) vanilla instant pudding

1 Cup orange juice (we like to use Natalie's Orange Juice)*

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) of butter (we like to use a good, rich European butter – unsalted) – melted

1/4 Cup dark rum

4 large eggs

1 Tablespoon grated orange zest from 1 medium orange

*If you like a citrus rum cake, use 1/2 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup pineapple juice OR grapefruit juice  as a substitute for the 1 cup of orange juice


Ingredients for Yummy Orange Citrus Rum Cake

4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) of butter

1/2 Cup sugar

1/4 Cup dark rum

1/4 Cup orange juice

Recipe for Yummy Orange Citrus Rum Cake

  1. Grease and flour bundt pan, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Shake out the excess flour.
  2. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, orange juice, melted butter, rum, eggs, and orange zest in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop and scrape the sides down, and mix on medium for 2 minutes. The batter should look thick and smooth. Pour into the bundt pan, smoothing out the top, and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  4. When cake is golden brown, and springs back when pressed down with your finger, it's ready to come out of the oven and cool down for 20-25 minutes on a wire rack. 
  5. Run a long sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a serving plate. 
  6. Take a long, thin, wooden skewer and poke holes in the top of the cake and around the sides.
  7. Prepare the glaze.

Recipe for Orange Citrus Rum Cake Glaze

  1. Place butter, sugar, rum, and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring the glaze to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Spoon the hot rum glaze over the cake, allowing it to soak into the holes and drizzle down the sides and in the center of the cake.
  4. Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing.

How to Serve the Best Rum Cake

Though eating a simple slice of this delicious rum cake will satisfy any sweet tooth, you may want to consider serving each slice of rum cake with vanilla ice cream – perfect for a steamy hot day. Topping a slice of rum cake with homemade whipped cream and topping it with sliced strawberries or blueberries makes a beautiful serving that will have your family and guests believing that you slaved all day in the kitchen creating this amazing dessert! Serve with coffee, and you have an easy dessert hit that everyone will rave over!

No matter how or when you serve this delicious dessert, you can be sure that people will be clamoring for more! 

 

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