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Rum Cake Using Yellow Cake Mix

Swatym's picture
This Rum cake recipe is my dad's special. This is one of his favorite recipes and he loves baking it whenever there is a gathering at home. The smell of rum, walnuts and all is something that I just love. I am sure that you would love this too.
  Walnuts 1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped
  Yellow cake mix 200 Gram
  Eggs 3 Small
  Cold water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Crisco 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Dark rum 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

Grease a baking dish,sprinkle nuts on the pan.Make the cake batter & pour evenly over the batter.Bake in preheated oven at 325 degrees.
When baked invert the it & take it out on a serving plate.
If you like you can pour some dark rum over the cake for extra flavor before serving it.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
80 Minutes
Ready In: 
90 Minutes
Every time there is a get together at my place my dad bakes this lovely Rum cake.He says that he loves the smell of rum buzzing out of the oven. I am not sure if I will be able to make a rum cake like he does but I am trying. I am giving you Rum cake recipe.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1212 Calories from Fat 717

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 82 g125.5%

Saturated Fat 16.8 g84.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 241.1 mg80.4%

Sodium 709.7 mg29.6%

Total Carbohydrates 86 g28.7%

Dietary Fiber 5.7 g22.7%

Sugars 43.5 g

Protein 19 g38.9%

Vitamin A 5.8% Vitamin C 1.1%

Calcium 8.1% Iron 13.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Petal's picture
Rum cake from a cake mix box! haha When do u add the rum in it btw ? Something is missing ....I guess when you add the cake mix.
Petal's picture
Rum cake from a cake mix box! haha When do u add the rum in it btw ? Something is missing ....I guess when you add the cake mix.
shantihhh's picture
There is a wonderful Bacardi Rum cake that uses a yellow cake mix, pudding mix, and YES rum in the cake and in the glaze-awesome-everyone loves it! It is from the 60's or 70's. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Bianca's picture
Bacardi Rum cake is one of my favorites. Here is a recipe that I found on some time ago and have tried a few times. The cake comes out great. Perhaps, I will take a picture next time and post this as a separate rum cake recipe but in the meantime, here it is: ---------------- Ingredients For the cake 1 cup chopped walnuts Jell-o instant vanilla pudding - 4 serving pack 1 eighteen ounce box yellow cake mix (This should be the cake mix with no 'pudding' in it) 4 eggs 1/2 cup cold water 1/2 cup oil - vegetable or corn 1/2 cup dark Bacardi rum (This is most important and makes this cake absolutely YUMM!!) For the glaze 1/2 cup butter - i prefer to substitute with a low fat substitute (margarine) 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup dark Bacardi rum (More Rum, yeahhh!!) Directions Mix all the other ingredients of the cake and mix in blender for couple of minutes. Do not mix the walnuts yet. Pre heat the oven to about 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, Grease a bundt pan, place the walnuts at the bottom of pan, and Pour the blended cake mixture over this. When the oven is ready, bake the cake for about an hour. Prepare the glaze in the meantime. Take a pan and place on medium heat. Put in and melt the margarine. Put in the water and sugar. Allow to boil till sugar melts. Turn off the heat and stir in the rum. Once cake is ready, pierce the entire cake using a fork. Make sure you do this gently or else the cake would shred to pieces. Keep the cake on a big plate and pour the warm glaze slowly over it, allowing it to seep into the cake. Let the cake stand for at least a couple of hours. There is no need to refrigerate this cake, but it will taste better chilled. You can try using different rums for the cake and the glaze. -----------------
Petal's picture
Alright, I am sold. I will try the rum cake ...albeit from the mix !:-D
shantihhh's picture
Try it with pecans instead of walnuts-perfection of flavour! And it MUST be Bacardi Brand dark rum don't cheat on that! Oh and a little over rocks or in tea while you make the cake works. Shanti/Mary-Anne
aditis's picture
Feel free to use any kinda rum as per your preference.Will try pecans coz I have had with walnuts back home.
shantihhh's picture
The dark Bacardi Rum flavour is quite special, why pecans because they taste amazing with the rum. This cake is baked in a bundt cake the more interesting shapes the better. The glaze needs to be poured over the cake, and re-spooned over so it is absorbed into the cake. Tip you pierce the cooled cake all over with a wooden thin skewer or a metal cake tester this allows the rum to be better absorbed. Have you ever used the Bacardi dark rum for this particular cake? It does matter as to brand-big time. Shanti/Mary-Anne
aditis's picture
No I haven't coz we always use Indian dark rums. Will try it the next time.
alok's picture
O well, is it necessary to add rum to rum cake? Is there a non-alcoholic version of this rum cake recipe with some kind of pseudo rum? Sorry if it sounds absurd. I am trying to enjoy the taste without using alcohol :)
aditis's picture
The recipe name itself says it can;t make a rum cake without adding rum to it.Atleast I ahve never heard of one.I will be glad to know a rum cake recipe without rum in it.
shantihhh's picture
Only rum tastes like rum, and Bacardi Dark rum is the best! The rum alcohol cooks out of the cake, now the glaze if you were to cook for a while then no alcohol but just the awesome rum flavour. I made this Bacardi Rum Cake with pecans and Bacardi Dark Rum on Sunday for my grandson Marko's party-this was the adult cake He and everyone also enjoyed a huge cocolate cake and a Blueberry Dump Cake plus ice cream. The rest of the food was crazy good-barbecued ribs, sarma, sushi, Russian Salad, dried and smoked Bosnian pork and beef, smoked salmon, artichoke dip, caesar salad, and on and on tables of foods all day long. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Swatym's picture
Nice!!I sure will try a Bacardi Rum Cake because I have always used an Old Monk(an Indian brand). Thanks!
moodyfoody's picture
hi Swatym lovely recipe, thanks for sharing with us this recipe Rum cake and I will try this rum cake (¨`·.·´¨) Alwayz`·.¸(¨`·.·´¨) Keep(¨`·.·´¨)¸.·´ Smiling!`·.¸.·´moodyfoody
shantihhh's picture
Old Monk is a good rum! I think there is a dark variety which is the one to use for this cke. Enjoy-everyone always loves it and it is so easy! The house will smell amazing as it is cooking. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Swatym's picture
Oh you bet Old Monk is an excellent Rum...If you can lay your hands on it,it is worth a shot. Enjoy!
shantihhh's picture
If you can get pecans try them in place of walnuts. The original recipe called for pecans. The glaze simply makes the cake. Bianca posted the complete recipe above. Enjoy! I have had Old Monk in Delhi with friends and it is terrific. There is another rum I have had in Kerela that was quite nice, but am not sure of the label. My friends in Kochi do get many imported alcohol so it could have been from elsewhere. A "boat shop" or something. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Swatym's picture
Great! Will try Pecan for sure.
Erica's picture
Hey..great recipe!!
Rum Cake Using Yellow Cake Mix Recipe