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Rum Cake

Bacardi Rum Cake (from The Cake Mix Doctor, By Ann Byrn)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Resting time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Cynthia



  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil for greasing your bundt pan
  • 2 Tablespoons flour for dusting the pan
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts finely chopped and divided
  • 1 box yellow cake mix 18 1/2 oz package
  • 3 3/4 ounce instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup dark rum


  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark rum


  • Preheat oven to 325*F. Brush or wipe bundt pan with oil making sure to get into all the crevices so that the cake will come out easily. Dust with flour and remove excess.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup nuts in the bottom of the pan and set aside.
  • Place the cake mix, pudding mix, remaining 1/2 cup nuts, rum, oil, water and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down sides. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more. The batter should look thick and smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing out the top with a rubber spatula.
  • Bake the cake until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, 50-55 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Poke holes in the bottom of the cake with a long wooden skewer. Drizzle some of the glaze over the bottom of the cake and let it set for a few minutes. Run a long knife along the edges of the cake and invert on a serving plate. Poke holes all over the top of the cake with a wooden skewer and pour the remaining glaze over the top of the cake


  • Place butter in a small saucepan and melt it over low heat, then add the water and sugar, stirring.
  • Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and let the glaze simmer until thickened, about 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rum.
  • Spoon the glaze over the warm cake, allowing it to seep into the holes and drizzle down the sides and into the center of the cake. Allow cake to cool completely before slicing.
  • Store the cake covered in foil or plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


If using yellow cake mix with pudding already in the mix, omit instant pudding and use 3 eggs instead of 4 and 1/3 cup oil instead of 1/2


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg