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Have a rum cake

December 21, 2016

This is a recipe for the Dan Mudd Rum Cake, one of my all-time favorite desserts, named after a former colleague from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

I made one this morning. It gets better and better every year.

Enjoy.

The cake:
— 1 cup pecans, halved or coarsely chopped
— 1 package of yellow cake mix, any brand but not a pudding mix
— 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
— 4 medium or large eggs (not extra-large or jumbo)
— 1/4 cup cold water
— 1/2 cup vegetable oil
— 1/2 cup of rum (any kind of rum, but do not use a Jamaican-type of rum)

Directions
— Preheat oven to 325F degrees
— Grease and flour 10-inch tube (angel-food type) pan
— Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan
— Mix all cake ingredients
— Pour batter over nuts
— Bake for about 40 minutes
— Cool for about 30 minutes
— Make glaze while cake is cooling
— Prick deeply all over the top of the cake with a toothpick or thin knife
— Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over top and sides, allowing glaze to soak into cake
— Keep spooning the glaze over cake until all glaze has been absorbed
— After all has cooled at room temperature, run knife along edge of cake and along center tube, and remove cake from pan

The glaze (make while cake is cooling)
— 1/2 cup of butter or 1/2 cup stick oleo (do not use tub or watered-down soft spread)
— 1/4 cup of water
— 1 cup of sugar
— 1/4 cup of rum

Directions
— Melt butter or oleo in a medium-sized saucepan
— Stir in water and sugar
— Boil for five minutes, stirring constantly
— Remove from heat and cool slightly
— Stir in rum slowly
— While warm, spoon over cake

19 Comments
  1. Ooo–this looks yummy!

  2. Rum cake looks good but alcohol is hard to come by in Saudi Arabia.

  3. wow that looks delicious!!

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    you write and bake, wow!

  5. My aunt also has a delicious Rum Cake recipe-it won 1st place in a 4H contest many years ago!

  6. I think this not only sounds yummy but it also sounds like something I could do without baking all day! I definitely burn my candles at both ends and like simple holiday recipes and life suggestions!

  7. What a coincidence, I just made a rum cake this week too, different recipe but it was also brilliant.

  8. Never had one!

  9. Love this so much, I can’t wait to make it. ūüėÉ

  10. we could arrange a positively-decadent dessert bake-off: my wife makes something similar with rum and pecans — a chocolate derby pie. hmmm: which do i have 2nds of? hmmm….

  11. Looks like a great recipe, thanks.

  12. Sounds like perfection in a cake pan!

  13. It sounds delicious!

  14. This sounds good – I haven’t had Rum cake in years. Now I am making it for New Year’s Eve. Thanks!

  15. Sounds tasty! Great post.

  16. This is quite different than the rum cake I make but it sounds good.

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