Popular since the 1970s for its taste and texture, this Bacardi rum cake is soft, fluffy and supremely moist. It’s bursting with rum and yellow cake flavor, easy to prepare, and perfect for any special occasion.

This Bacardi rum cake is famous for it's flavor and supreme moistness. Easy to make and popular since the 1970s for a reason. #Bacardi #rumcake #Christmascake #recipe

I’ve been dreaming about rum cakes ever since I went on a cruise and had a taste of Tortuga Rum Cake for the first time. Having never heard of it before, I was amazed at how moist it was for a packaged cake, and how lovely the rum flavor was without being overpowering. I did some research and came across this recipe from The Bacardi Party Book circa 1973. The result is exactly the same as the cake I had from the cruise, and I don’t have to pay $30 for it.

This Bacardi rum cake is famous for it's flavor and supreme moistness. Easy to make and popular since the 1970s for a reason. #Bacardi #rumcake #Christmascake #recipe

This recipe starts with a cup of walnuts sprinkled over the bottom of a bundt pan. Then you mix a package of yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, eggs, water, oil and half a cup of rum until smooth. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for one hour. Once the cake is done, you prepare a simple butter-rum sauce made of butter, sugar, water and rum. Brush the hot sauce all over the warm cake. Let it sit to soak in all that butter-rum goodness and serve.

The original recipe calls for brushing all of the rum sauce on the cake, but I like to only brush half of the sauce on the cake, and reserve the rest for drizzling over the cake when serving. This actual cake was used to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of my husband’s work friends. Everyone in his office loved the extra rum sauce on the side.

The taste of this cake is rich and buttery. It starts with a delightful rum flavor and finishes with a vanilla custard flavor. There is a little nuttiness and crunch from the walnuts. The texture is soft and fluffy, and it’s the most moist cake ever. Drizzle with a little extra sauce for even more sweet butter rum taste!

This Bacardi rum cake is famous for it's flavor and supreme moistness. Easy to make and popular since the 1970s for a reason. #Bacardi #rumcake #Christmascake #recipe

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This Bacardi rum cake is famous for it's flavor and supreme moistness. Easy to make and popular since the 1970s for a reason. #Bacardi #rumcake #Christmascake #recipe

Bacardi Rum Cake


  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16

Description

This famous Bacardi rum cake is super moist and bursting with rum and buttery-vanilla flavor.


Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup (125g) chopped walnuts
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (like Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker brand)
  • 1 package (3.75oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) Bacardi dark rum

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup (114g) butter
  • 1/4 cup (63ml) water
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) Bacardi dark rum

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Generously grease and flour a 10″ bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  2. Mix together the rest of the cake ingredients in a large bowl using an electric mixer until well blended. Pour batter into the pan.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes in the pan.
  4. Meanwhile make the glaze: in a small saucepan, combine butter, water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Carefully and slowly whisk the rum (it will bubble).
  5. Invert the cake onto a serving plate. Brush the top and all sides of the cake with the glaze. Repeat until all the glaze is used, or reserve half the glaze for serving. Let the cake stand for 15 minutes to absorb all the glaze.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

Keywords: old-fashioned rum cake, Bacardi rum cake, Tortuga rum cake recipe

I’ll be sharing this at Fiesta Friday #255 hosted by Angie, and co-hosted by Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens.

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