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Rum Cake … a Christmas must!

I first tasted Rum Cake in 1978 and have made it every year since then.  I was living in St. Joseph, MO and picked up a recipe card at my local grocery/liquor store.  That very worn but loved recipe card is still in my recipe box.

My Oldest daughter, Megan, advises that she’s making two this year; one to have at home for her husband and guests and one to take to the in-laws for Christmas Eve. I’ll make one for our family to enjoy on Christmas Day, too.  I may have to sneak a piece of rum cake for breakfast with a piping hot cup of coffee.  And visions of Rum Cake dance in my head…


1 cup chopped pecans
1 package yellow cake mix
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum

1 stick margarine
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 10″ tube or bundt pan.
  • Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan.
  • Mix first seven ingredients together. Pour batter over nuts.
Rum Cake Batter ready for the oven
  • Bake 1 hour. Cool. Invert onto serving plate. Prick top of cake.

  • Make glaze by melting butter, then stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum.
  • Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over top and sides of cake. Allow cake to absorb glaze. Repeat until glaze is all gone.
  • When cool, cover cake.