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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

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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. 😃

  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. Reblogged this on Pots, Pans and Proverbs.

  14. It sounds delicious!

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

  16. Sounds tasty! Great post.

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

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