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Rum Cake from Scratch

Rum Cake from Scratch is dense, rich and soaked with flavorful thick butter rum sauce. Great for every party!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rum cake from scratch
Servings: 1 large bundt cake or 2 smaller bundt cakes
Author: Kitchen Nostalgia
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum flavoring
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs, for dusting baking pan
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (125 g)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Using pastry brush, oil the bundt cake pan and sprinkle it with fine dry bread crumbs so that the cake doesn't stick. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix eggs with oil, milk, lemon juice, rum, vanilla extract and rum flavoring. Add half of this mixture to the dry ingredients and beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until the batter is smooth.

  4. Add remaining liquid and beat for another minute or until you get smooth mixture. (This two-stage method will produce cake with very fine grain and moist texture).
  5. Pour the batter into prepared bundt cake pan and bake in 350 F (175 C) oven for about 20 minutes. Rotate the Rum Cake, set the temperature to 300 F (150 C) and bake for another 20 minutes. Check with wooden skewer for doneness.

  6. RUM BUTTER SAUCE: In a small saucepan, cook butter, water, sugar, rum and vanilla for a few minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  7. After the cake has cooled a little, use a skewer to poke lots of holes (at least 20) all over the cake. SLOWLY pour half of the sauce over the cake. Let it rest until the sauce is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  8. Turn the Rum Cake out onto a serving plate and pour the remaining rum butter sauce over the cake. At this point either serve the cake, or cover it and until serving.

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