Make Ahead

Boozy Holiday Rum Cake

November 23, 2016
0 Ratings
Photo by Catie Stroup
  • Makes 10-12 slices
Author Notes

From-scratch recipe, adapted from my mother's infamous rum cake. Do yourself a favor and freeze yourself an extra slice for later. —Catie Stroup

What You'll Need
  • Cake
  • 1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup non fat dry milk powder
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I used sea salt)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil (I used canola)
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil (I used canola)
  • 3/4 cup (whole) milk, room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white rum
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Rum syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dark rum, I used Meyers
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, grease (very well) and sugar bundt pan with butter wrapper.
  2. In mixer, cream sugar & butter. Add flour, cornstarch, baking powder, dry milk, salt and 3 tb of oil combing until evenly mixed (but not overly mixed). The mixture will look like find crumbs.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, rum, vanilla extract, and the rest of the canola oil. Slowly add it to the dry mixture and mix until combined. The batter will be thin.
  4. Pour into the sugared and well-greased bundt pan and bake for 55-60 minutes. The cake should be well cooked to support the rum syrup (as my mum would say).
  5. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack. Let it cool for another 20-30 minutes.
  6. While the cake is cooling, start the rum syrup. In a saucepan over medium heat: heat butter, water, sugar, and salt until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Allow the mixture to reduce slightly and then remove from heat and stir in the rum.
  7. Wash and dry the bundt pan, then place over the cooled cake and invert the cake back into the pan. Poke holes into the cake and pour the syrup slowly over the cake. Let it soak for at least 8 hours (or overnight) and in the morning, invert the cake back onto a serving platter.

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3 Reviews

Kris416 December 10, 2022
I just took my first cake out of the oven and it looks perfect. I used raw sugar (not brown or white) so am hoping it will taste as good as it looks. My only question is that you indicate salt is needed in the rum syrup under directions but you don't list it in the ingredients. How much is needed?
Catie S. November 26, 2016
Hi Regine, I saw your recipe too, it's on my list to try! You'll have to let me know how this turns out for you.
I used raw cane sugar that isn't exactly the same as brown sugar though I'm sure you could use either and it would taste great! White sugar will work well too. Happy baking!
Regine November 26, 2016
Looks so good. I am going to try it. I too have a rum cake recipe on this site but I love to try different versions. Raw sugar is brown sugar?