Rum Cake

November 30, 2017  •  Desserts,

I was recently invited to pair small bites with several cocktails from a new book, Imbibe Worldwide, by Chad Chisholm. Chad whipped up three delicious cocktails – first an unusual smoked salmon martini that I paired with a cucumber cup stuffed with cream cheese with dill and shallots, then a boozy whiskey and peach concoction that I paired with a peach and ricotta crostini (recipe up next!), and finally, a classic beach frozen drink made with coconut rum and bananas. I knew as soon as Chad mentioned this drink that a slice of rum cake would pair beautifully!The secret to a great rum cake is soaking the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven with a buttery rum mixture. Use a skewer like this to poke holes throughout the cake……and then pour the rum mixture evenly over the cake. Let it cool at room temperature completely before you flip it over to remove from the baking pan. One bit of this and I was transported to the Caribbean where I first enjoyed this special treat!

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Rum Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • ⅓ cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (plus more to grease pan)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or use 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons Pusser's Rum (or other high quality dark rum)
Buttered Rum
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup Pussers Rum(or other high quality dark rum)
  1. Place one rack on the bottom of the oven and one in the middle, then preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Butter the paper as well and sprinkle evenly with the turbinado sugar.
  2. Beat the butter and sugars until fluffy, then beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and mix well. Pour the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon into a strainer and sift into the wet ingredients. Mix on low just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and add the buttermilk and rum and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the batter in scoops across the pan so that it is fairly evenly distributed, then gently spread into a single layer taking care not to disturb the turbinado sugar. Place baking pan on the bottom rack and bake for 20 minutes, then move it to the middle rack and continue baking until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 12-15 more minutes.
  4. Remove the cal from the oven and immediately heat the ingredients for the buttered rum in a small saucepan over medium heat just into the sugar dissolves and the butter melts. Punch holes in the top of the cake with a skewer, and then pour the buttered rum mixture evenly over the top, making sure to cover the entire cake.
  5. Let cake cool completely at room temperature before carefully inverting it onto a flat platter. Store covered at room temperature.



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  1. Kareen Kimsey says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks Michele. xo

  2. Albert Trotter says:

    the recipe sounds good..can it be made with any sugar other than turbinado sugar????

    • Michele says:

      Albert, the turbinado sugar is coarser so works well for the creating a sugary, crunch top to the cake (the bottom when you flip it over). You can also try regular sanding sugar for sugar cookies or plain granulated if you can’t get turbinado.

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