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Rum Cake Recipe

This rum cake is a special recipe that was passed down three generations to me. And with all those combined years of baking experience, it’s down right perfect.

Rum Cake on a wooden platter | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi

The best recipes are tried and tested. The come with notes and stains. They are on old wrinkled sheets of paper that small like a Sunday morning in the kitchen. They are handed down from one generation to the next. This rum cake is no different, a special recipe that was passed down from my boyfriend’s grandmother, to his mother, and now to me. And with all those combined years of baking experience, it’s down right perfect.

What makes a Rum Cake?

This is a rich pound cake, with 8 eggs and more butter than I have used in months, it’s sinful. The rum adds a wonderful underling flavor note. When laying out everything and getting my workplace ready, I looked down fondly on the notecard with the instructions on it and smiled. I knew this one would be a hit…

Another staple handed down is McCormick vanilla extract. I can’t recall there being anything baked in our kitchen that didn’t have a bottle of McCormick vanilla prepped and ready for that final touch to bring all the flavors together. This year, McCormick is celebrating 125 years with their Flavor of Together program. The Flavor of Together program is asking the world to share 1.25 million stories about how flavor unifies and defines us across the globe. For every story shared on any of the McCormick brand websites or social channels, McCormick will donate $1, up to $1.25 MILLION, to United Way to help feed those in need. So go on, share your #FlavorStory.

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Ingredients laid out for Rum Cake Recipe | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi

Lets Make Rum Cake!.

Rum Cake Recipe | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi

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Yield: 1 cake

Rum Cake

Rum Cake Recipe | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi

This rum cake is a special recipe that was passed down three generations to me. And with all those combined years of baking experience, it’s down right perfect.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes


  • 1 lbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 8 eggs, at room temp, separated
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tsp McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an angel food cake pan, or three loaf pans.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and 2 cups sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 - 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides as needed. 
  3. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing until combined.
  4. In a bowl, whisk the rum, almond, and McCormick vanilla extract together.
  5. Add the flour alternating with the rum mix to the butter in three batches, beginning and ending with the flour. Set aside.
  6. In another clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with a whisk attachment over high speed. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining 1 cup sugar. Beat until soft peaks form.
  7. Gently fold the butter batter into the egg whites until no streaks remain.
  8. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes for an angel food pan, or 55-60 minutes for loaf pans.
  9. Let cool in pan 20 minutes before turning out. Cool completely and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 637Saturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 74gSugar: 50gProtein: 7g
Rum Cake Shown with flowers and napkins | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi
This is a sponsored posts by the folks celebrating their big 125 over at McCormick. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


Saturday 24th of May 2014

When you make a dessert, you do it SO well! Nothing better than a simple bundt cake...quality ingredients make all the difference. My family would love this...they never refuse my offer to bake a cake.

Christina C.

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

Growing up, I only knew of McCormick's vanilla extract. My parents never bought the imitation stuff. To this day, I only bake with real vanilla extract. I foresee my future children learning to bake with the same real ingredients as the tradition gets passed down from generation to generation. #FlavorStory


Tuesday 13th of May 2014

My favorite flavor is Vanilla -- I have several different types of vanilla that I use to make cakes, cookies, puddings and other desserts for my #FlavorStory Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

Sunday 11th of May 2014

my boyfriend's mom always gives me homemade vanilla extract!:)

Jenny S

Saturday 10th of May 2014

I too remember my grandma and mom always having a bottle of quality vanilla extract in their spice cupboards when I baked with them. I enjoy being frugal but I will not skimp on the really good vanilla extract because it really does make a difference in taste.

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