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Fresh Baked Gifts: Mom's Semi-Homemade Rum Cake

We used to beg mom to make this.
We used to beg mom to make this.
Heather Hoch

Sick of rum cakes that don't deliver on the rum? We are, too. Luckily we know a recipe that has been a family favorite for as long as we can remember. The recipe came straight from mom's secret stash, and we got permission to share it with you.

The recipe is half from scratch and half quick shortcuts, making it a super easy way to please.The best part about this recipe, though, is the secret: using dark Myer's Rum and lots of it to cover the super moist cake. Any rum cake recipe should know that that's most important.

The Ingredients:
The Ingredients:
Heather Hoch

The Cake:
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 package of yellow cake mix
1 package of vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
½ cup of cold water
½ cup of oil
½ cup of Myer's dark rum

The Rum Glaze:
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of butter, melted
¼ cup of water
½ cup of Myer's dark rum

Crunch up the pecans and put them on the bottom of a greased Bundt pan.
Crunch up the pecans and put them on the bottom of a greased Bundt pan.
Heather Hoch
Mix the cake mix and pudding mix together. The pudding is the secret to an unbelievably moist cake.
Mix the cake mix and pudding mix together. The pudding is the secret to an unbelievably moist cake.
Heather Hoch
Add the water, oil, eggs and rum. Stir the batter until there's no more lumps.
Add the water, oil, eggs and rum. Stir the batter until there's no more lumps.
Heather Hoch
Pour the batter over the pecans in the Bundt pan.
Pour the batter over the pecans in the Bundt pan.
Heather Hoch
Bake in the oven for an hour at 375 degrees. Poke a toothpick in the center to make sure it's cooked.
Bake in the oven for an hour at 375 degrees. Poke a toothpick in the center to make sure it's cooked.
Heather Hoch
For the glaze, melt the butter and sugar with the water in a pan on medium-high heat and stir.
For the glaze, melt the butter and sugar with the water in a pan on medium-high heat and stir.
Heather Hoch
Take off heat and swirl in the rum to the butter and sugar mixture.
Take off heat and swirl in the rum to the butter and sugar mixture.
Heather Hoch
Poke a lot of holes into the top and sides of the cake with a toothpick to soak up the glaze. Then slowly pour the glaze over the cake. If you end up with rum glaze around the bottom, you can spoon it over the top of the cake until it all soaks in
Poke a lot of holes into the top and sides of the cake with a toothpick to soak up the glaze. Then slowly pour the glaze over the cake. If you end up with rum glaze around the bottom, you can spoon it over the top of the cake until it all soaks in
Heather Hoch
To decorate our cake, we stopped by ABC Baking and picked up some cute fake poinsettia and a gold serving plate. We made it look shiny with the help of their edible glitter. It doesn't add any flavor and it's super pretty and festive.
To decorate our cake, we stopped by ABC Baking and picked up some cute fake poinsettia and a gold serving plate. We made it look shiny with the help of their edible glitter. It doesn't add any flavor and it's super pretty and festive.
Heather Hoch


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