I hope your New Year was wonderful.  A happy, healthy and prosperous to you all.

Everyone makes resolutions and very few are kept.  I know, I am one of those people…weak and lazy at times.  But this resolution I will keep.  This year I will bake cakes, make cookies, pies and yes BREAD!  Before I do that I must buy some baking equipment.  The only things I own are a few heart shaped pans and a spring form pan.


While I was vacationing in Puerto Rico last year, we went to the Bacardi Rum Distillery.  You go on a free tour, they give you two drinks and then they drop you off in front of their gift shop.  I thought what they charged for their rum cake was a little too pricy.

I don’t know if this is called real baking because, unfortunately, this cake is made by using cake mix and pudding mix.  Let’s call this taking baby steps.

Cake calls for a bundt pan.  I used a spring form so the nuts are on the bottom of cake not top.

Also, I made fresh whipped cream flavored with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of sugar and zest from one lemon.

Ladies and Gents this cake is packed full of flavor and light so by the time you have a few slices you will be seeing double.  So eat responsibly!


Adapted from ask.com
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 -15.25 oz box  yellow cake with pudding in the mix
1 – 3.4 oz box Jell-o vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
4 eggs
½ cup cold whole milk
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup Bacardi Dark Rum

½ cup butter
¼ cup water
1 cup sugar
½ cup Bacardi Dark Rum


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease and flour pan (12 cup bundt pan).  Sprinkle nuts on bottom of pan.  Beat well all wet ingredients then beat in dry ingredients.  Pour into pan and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Cool and invert on serving plate.  Prick top with a fork and then drizzle glaze over top of cake.  Use brush or spoon to put extra drippings back on cake.

Glaze:  Melt butter in a sauce pan.  Add sugar and water  and boil for about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in rum.  The rum will cause steam so be careful not to burn yourself as I did.




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  1. travelingsisterhood says:

    What a blast from the past! I remember the taste and moistness as if it was yesterday though, frankly, I didn’t remember that it was made with cake mix and pudding. I guess all I remember is the rum glaze. Looks great…wish I had a piece right now.

  2. Joan Nova says:

    Of course you know that the above post is from me…not my alias.

  3. I love a good cake I can get drunk on. hahaha

  4. bellini says:

    My oldest brother used to make this cake when we were teenagers, well maybe not teenagers but when we still lived at home. It has always been one of my favourite!I hope your New Years resolutions come true…you need to head to the nearest bake supply shop:D

  5. Patty says:

    I’ve never had rum cake but am certainly willing to try….looks real good!

  6. This cake sounds so good! I have eaten rum cake, but have yet to make one myself. Here’s to lots of baking fun in 2012!!

  7. Joanne Ozug says:

    I didn’t go to the bacardi distillery when I was in Puerto Rico, but I will have to do that the next time I’m there. Your cake looks delicious!

  8. The rum cake looks so inviting!

  9. Mary says:

    This sounds delicious. I made this a few years back and loved it. I’m so glad someone is starting to feature some of the old recipes. This one was a gem. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  10. Cristina says:

    That must have been a fun and educational experience to visit the Bacardi Rum distillery in Puerto Rico!

    Your cake looks like it turned out moist and delicious. I’ve used the Bacardi Rum Cake recipe several times over the years and it’s a sure keeper. Thanks for the inspiration…I must make it again and soon! 🙂

  11. Reeni says:

    I haven’t had rum cake in years! That is far too long as this looks positively delicious. Every soul of my being is screaming out for a slice. Or two! Hope you are doing well! xoxo Happy New year!

  12. Joanne says:

    One of my friends brought me back rum cake from PR last year and i fell in love. Head over heels. Your version looks so amazing…definitely need to make it!

  13. Patty says:

    Baby steps to baking sounds good to me! A slice of rum cake sure does sound good and looks very scrumptious to me. It’s wonderful to bake a cake in your own kitchen that brings back some great travel memories, congrats and I still want a slice;-)

  14. Norma, you absolutely need a fancy bundt pan to start off 2012! You’re much more likely to stick to your NY resolution then! 🙂

  15. Katie says:

    Oh yes, treat yourself to some nice bakeware! I bet it will inspire you to whip up some fabulous cakes. I love baking, and I look forward to making some delicious treats this year, too. Rum cake sounds like a great start. ¡Besos!

  16. noobcook says:

    I like your new year resolution, it means more treats for us too. your cake looks so yummy =)

  17. Me encantan las tortas “borrachas” !! Tres pedazos para mi…HiC! ;D

  18. Love, love the way this cake looks, bet it was just as delicious!!

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