Friday, January 23, 2009

Easy Rum Cake

This weekend we will be celebrating my dad's 86th birthday. My brother and sister-in-law will be home and there will be 6 of us going to dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant. From there, back to our home for cake and coffee. I have decided to make the rum cake recipe I have, but use Amaretto in it instead. I have made it both ways, but I have some chopped almonds that I can use up so they will go nicely with the almond flavor of the Amaretto. Can you believe this starts with a cake mix? After glazing, I am going to coat some fresh blueberries in sanding sugar and make a ring around the cake after the glaze has set. I may even sprinkle some of the white sanding sugar on the warm glaze to give it some sparkle. This is a pretty big occasion after all!

Great weekend to you all!!

Ingredients for Cake:

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts or almonds
1 18 ½ oz box yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines)
1 1-3/4 oz box Jello instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
½ cup cold water
½ cup Wesson oil
½ cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proof) or Amaretto

Ingredients for Glaze

¼ lb. Butter
¼ cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (or more) Bacardi rum or Amaretto

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease and flour 10” tube or 12” bundt pan
Sprinkle chopped nuts over bottom of pan
Mix all cake ingredients together
Pour cake batter over nuts
Bake 1 hour and put out to cool…not too long

While cooling, make glaze:
Melt butter in sauce pan
Stir in water and sugar
Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly (till slightly thickened)
Remove from heat and stir in rum or Amaretto

After cake cools, invert on serving tray or plate
Prick holes into top of cake (many)…I use a cake tester
Drizzle and smooth the glaze over the top and sides of cakeAllow cake to absorb glaze and keep repeating until all glaze is gone


  1. Yeah, I really love this cake. Of course, I love all things rum....

    The rum sauce from this cake is what my brother uses to pour over his apple dumplings! Yummy.

  2. Happy Birthday to your daddy.. What a fun celebration for him. This cake is a must try. Have a super time. hugs ~lynne~

  3. You know, the more I bake the more I DO taste and see the difference in cake mixes. I have just recently started to like rum-flavored baked goods,can you believe it? Now, I can not believe I ever scrunched my nose to it. Really nice recipe.

  4. Hi Linda...I have actually made this cake before with rum and it was yummy! I had not thought about using Ameretto and adding almonds. I bet it would be wonderful! Happy birthday to your dad!...Debbie

  5. PS...I got the kitty trivia from your blog and put one on mine. Amazing young lady who started the whole deal! There's actually a shelter near me that gets some of the donated food!...Debbie

  6. Hi Linda - how wonderful it is that you are helping celebrate your dad's 86th birthday. The cake looks delicious. Have a wonderful party

  7. Happy Birthday to your Dad! My mother used to make rum cake all of the time, and we loved it. Since she's been gone, I had forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me and for this recipe. I will be making it soon. laurie

  8. hi
    I don't now what to tongue can't help itself seeing all this yummy stuff.any way I will try making one of those.

  9. Ok, this is my type of recipe! I can definitely make something that involves a cake mix. This is genius!



  10. Happy Birthday to your Dad girl this cake looks YUMMY!! thanks for sharing..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  11. I love your ideas for this cake, they sound wonderful!

  12. My mom loves rum cake but I am always afraid to make it for her as it is never like the one she ate while growing up. It is neat that you used amaretto, I bet that is tasty too!


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