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caribbean rum cake sliced on large speckled plate

Blow Ya Mind Caribbean Rum Cake

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Desserts & Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

Description

Caribbean Rum Cake, y’all! During the holidays, my dessert table ain’t complete without it. This beauty is unapologetically rum-soaked, buttery, flavorful, nutty, and extra moist. Rum cake is a traditional holiday dessert in a lot of the Caribbean islands. Served up as a dreamy, golden bundt cake that’s soaked in a rich rum glaze!


Ingredients

Scale

For the rum cake:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts), for bottom of pan- optional
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted if lumpy
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk (or whole milk), at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup rum (I use Myers’s Rum)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

For the rum soak/glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rum (I use Myers’s Rum)

Instructions

For the rum cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Generously spray a 10 to 12-cup bundt pan with baking spray or grease super well with butter. Then, if using pecans (or walnuts), evenly sprinkle the nuts along the bottom of the pan. Set bundt pan aside while you prepare the cake batter.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a handheld electric mixer in a large bowl), combine the flour, sugar, vanilla pudding mix, baking powder, salt, butter, and oil.
  3. Beat the mixture together on the lowest speed, first, until all ingredients begin to come together. Then increase the speed as you see everything blending well, the mixture will look like sandy peas. No worries, as everything will smooth out in a bit.
  4. On the lowest speed, add the eggs, one by one- waiting until each egg fully blends in before adding another. Then add the buttermilk (or milk), rum, and vanilla + almond extracts. Continue mixing, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed, until all ingredients have just combined, and the batter is smooth- don’t over mix.
  5. Carefully empty the batter into the prepared bundt pan, use a utensil to smooth the top, as needed.
  6. Bake the cake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Then remove from the oven and leave the cake in the pan while you prepare the rum soak.

For the rum soak/glaze:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter, granulated sugar + brown sugar, and water. Cook the mixture, stirring often, until everything combines and thickens slightly. Let the mixture come up to a slight boil, about 6-7 minutes.
  2. Then shut off the heat, leaving saucepan on burner, slowly add the rum into the pan, stirring well to combine. Due to the alcohol content, the mixture will bubble until the rum settles. The rum soak should have a smooth, syrup-like consistency.
  3. While the cake is still in the pan, use a long, thin tool (skewer, chopstick, etc.) to poke holes all over the cake. Carefully pour a little rum soak evenly over the cake, wait, and let the soak fully absorb into the cake. Then pour a little more, repeating this rhythm, until you’ve poured all the rum soak over the cake.
  4. Keep the cake in the pan and cover loosely with foil. Allow the cake to sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours- more preferably, overnight (about 8 hours), to let the cake cool completely and absorb the rum soak. 
  5. When ready to serve, invert the cake onto a serving plate. This rum cake is super moist and rum-soaked with rich flavor. Use a sharp knife to slice cake into wedges and serve with vanilla ice cream or pair alongside a cozy cup of coffee/tea, if desired. Enjoy! 

Notes

  1. Storing: Wrap leftover rum cake tightly in plastic wrap/foil or keep inside a covered cake dome/cake stand. Leftover cake will keep stored at room temperature on the counter for 3-4 days. Otherwise, freeze cake to last for up to 1 month, thaw in refrigerator.
  2. Please read the blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.

Keywords: rum cake, rum, caribbean, desserts, bundt cake, caribbean food, jamaican cake, holiday baking