Rum Cake Recipe

rumcake1After posting about my famed rum cake – which is actually made from a recipe I found online – I thought some of you might like to give it a try yourselves! You don’t have to make yours in a fancy cake pan but I love mine, it’s a Heritage Bundt pan from Williams Sonoma which I received for my birthday one year – they run about $34 but make a really beautiful cake! Anyway without further ado here’s the recipe for the tastiest rum cake you will ever eat!

Tortuga Style Rum Cake
Ready in: 1-2 hrs
Serves: 12

***Basic Cake Mix:***
2 cups cake flour
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter — cut in bits
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
***For The Cake:***
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 (3.5oz) pkg. vanilla Instant pudding mix
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs
1/2 cup Whaler’s Vanille Rum — Hawaiian-style rum (Runs about $10 a bottle and makes about 3 cakes per bottle.)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
***Rum Soaking Glaze:***
1/2 cup butter — not margarine
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Whaler’s Vanille Rum — Hawaiian-style rum


Tortuga Rum isn’t available to the public for sale. It is only made for use in the production of the cakes in the Caribbean Islands. A substitution of Whaler’s Vanille Rum is a close runner-up.

For the Basic Scratch Mix: Use an electric mixer on low speed to combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until the mix is the consistency of fine gravel, and all of the particles are almost equal in size. (Basic Cake Mix may be stored in a container in the refrigerator for 3 months. This makes about 5 cups of mix and may be multiplied for other recipes as needed)

For the Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a large (12 cup size) bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the chopped nuts into the bottom.

Place Basic Cake Mix, pudding mix, milk, eggs, rum, oil and vanilla in a large bowl and combine on medium speed with an electric mixer for about 2 or 3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl halfway through. Batter should be very smooth. Pour into prepared bundt pan and level out top.

Bake until fully golden and tester comes out clean and cake springs back — about 55 minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack while making soaking glaze.

Rum Soaking Glaze: In a small saucepan combine butter, water and sugar. Bring to a boil carefully as mixture boils over very easily. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar is dissolved and syrup is combine well and a little thicker. Remove from heat and add the rum and mix to combine.

While cake is still cooling, pour hot syrup into and on top of cake. There is a lot of syrup and if cake doesn’t soak it up right away just wait a couple minutes and add the rest. It will take time to soak it up.

Cool cake completely in bundt pan before turning out onto serving platter. This cake is delicate, so once it is turned out, it cannot be moved around easily. Can be eaten when fully cooled, but it is better the next day, especially when served with vanilla ice cream!

This recipe for Tortuga Rum Cake serves 12 although if you use the pan I use it makes 12 LARGE servings!

Finally I would love to give credit for the recipe but I simply can’t remember where I found it!

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One Response to “Rum Cake Recipe”

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    Gwendolyn says:

    Hi, I was reading your post and I just wanted to thank you for putting out such excellent content. There is so much junk on the internet these days its hard to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, I got this book last month on recommendation from a friend and it turned out quite nice! I’m extremely eager to try your variation of it though, it looks excellent. I think you might enjoy those recipes, they’re very good. Thanks for the article and tips.

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