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Author Notes: Tomiko and Donatello used to work on cruise ships for several years, and I flew down to visit them in the Caribbean once. In the Cayman Islands I tried some delicious Rum Cake, which was sold in boxes piled high in almost every store. This recipe is the closest thing to that buttery Tortuga Rum Cake. It’s the plain variety, rather than chocolate or raisin, so you can fully appreciate the rum (and butter!) flavour. —kikucorner
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 103 grams instant vanilla pudding mix (1 box)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup golden rum
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup golden rum
- In a large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients.
- On low speed, combine ingredients until the mixture is the consistency of sand, and all particles are generally the same size.
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Grease a large Bundt pan (12-cup capacity).
- Sprinkle chopped nuts onto bottom of the pan.
- Place mix from step 2, pudding mix, milk, eggs, rum, vegetable oil, and vanilla in a large bowl. Combine on slow speed until just mixed, about 30 seconds.
- Increase the mixing speed to medium and beat for 2-3 minutes, until the batter is smooth and cream-coloured. Scrape down the bowl halfway to make sure everything is well incorporated.
- Scrape the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for about 55 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
- Remove the cake from the oven and place on cooling rack while you make the Buttered Rum Glaze.
- Combine butter, water, and sugars in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Turn the heat down and simmer until sugar is dissolved and syrup thickens, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rum.
- While the cake is cooling in its tin, brush the cake with the syrup until the syrup is all used up.
- Let the cake cool completely before turning it out onto a platter, although it's best if you let it sit for a few hours to fully absorb all the syrup.