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Rum Cake

Rum Cake is a nutty yellow bundt cake made with dark rum, pecans, and topped with a rum glaze for a boozy dessert.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Rum Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net



  • 1 cup (109 g) chopped pecans
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • cups (281 g) all-purpose flour
  • cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (122.5 g) whole milk, room temperature
  • ½ cup (109 g) vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup (111 g) dark rum

Rum Glaze

  • ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (111 g) dark rum


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl add pudding mixture, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Into the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter. Mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the butter and combine for 30 seconds.
  • Add milk, oil, vanilla, and the eggs, one at a time, and mix on medium-high for one minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Stir in the rum and mix until combined.
  • Pour batter over nuts and spread batter in an even layer.
  • Bake 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  • After about ten minutes, invert the cake onto a serving plate.

Rum Glaze

  • Use a skewer or toothpick to prick holes all over the top of the cake, about an inch or two apart.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat add butter, water, and sugar.
  • Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved, (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in rum.
  • Carefully spoon or brush the rum glaze evenly over the top and sides of the cake, going slowly and taking your time so the cake absorbs the glaze. Continue until all glaze is used.


Calories: 551kcal