Italian Rum Cake

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Italian Rum Cake with a moist yellow cake, topped with chopped walnuts and a rum glaze that will have you licking your plate. An easy recipe that starts with a box mix!

Italian Rum Cake in a bundt cake form on a blue plate

This Italian Rum Cake, sometimes called a golden rum cake, starts with a cake mix! It’s a relatively easy cake that is perfect for fall get-togethers and parties.

A chopped walnut topping adds a little crunch to the top of the cake, while the rum glaze gives it so much flavor.

How to Make Italian Rum Cake

Italian Rum Cakes are more well known as 3 or 4 layer yellow sponge cakes with frosting. The cake layers are soaked in a rum syrup and then have a fluffy frosting and more chopped nuts.

I prefer to make a bundt cake with a syrup, because it’s so much easier! This might not be as traditional as the other style, but it still tastes amazing and can be eaten faster.

Ingredients for Rum Cake:

The first thing you need to do is prepare a bundt cake pan by generously spraying the interior with a non-stick cooking spray.

Then, evenly scatter your chopped walnuts at the bottom of the pan.

bundt pan filled with chopped walnuts

The cake batter is my favorite kind of instruction- just dump it all in!

In one bowl, add your cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water and half of your rum. Stir it up really well and then pour your batter over the walnuts in the pan.

bundt pan filled with yellow cake batter

Then bake at 325 degrees for about an hour or until it tests done with a toothpick.

Let sit for about 10 minutes before you invert onto a serving platter.

In the meantime, you can work on the glaze, which is one of the most important parts.

Now, this is the point I should probably add that I don’t make my glaze exactly the same as others I’ve seen.

Most people make a glaze that needs to be brushed onto the cake and then absorbs into the cake and keeps it very wet and moist. For the most part, these cakes need to also sit for 10 hours or so before eating so it has a chance to absorb in.

That is NOT how I make mine, mostly because I don’t like a cake that is too wet. I make my glaze with more of a caramel consistency that pours over the cake and sits on top of the cake rather than being absorbed the whole way in.

overhead shot of Italian Rum Cake in a bundt cake form on a blue plate

To make the glaze, heat butter, granulated sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and then stir constantly for 5 minutes. You cannot walk away from this while it’s boiling or it will burn! You have to be sure to stir constantly the entire 5 minutes.

  1. If you want your glaze to be brushed on and soaked into the cake, remove from heat after 5 minutes and then stir in the rum. Poke holes all over the top of your cake using a skewer and then brush glaze over the entire thing.
  2. If you want your glaze to be a caramel-like topping the way I make mine, while your glaze is boiling stir the rum in for the last 1-2 minutes. It will really bubble, just keep stirring. You will see it start to thicken after you add the alcohol. Once you remove from heat, pour over your cake.

slice of Italian Rum cake on a white plate with the rest of the bundt cake in the background

Since the syrupy glaze isn’t being absorbed into the cake, you don’t need to wait as long to eat it this way.

The walnut topping is harder to see when you make it this way, but you won’t miss them when you’re eating. They all a nice crunch that pairs perfectly with the slight spiciness of the rum.

A perfect holiday treat that might just become a new tradition!

Italian Rum Cake in a bundt cake form on a blue plate

Italian Rum Cake in a bundt cake form on a blue plate
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Italian Rum Cake

Italian Rum Cake with a moist yellow cake, topped with chopped walnuts and a rum glaze that will have you licking your plate. An easy recipe that starts with a box mix!
 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Rum Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 372kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Walnuts chopped

Cake

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Rum

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease a large bundt pan.
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly in bottom of pan.
  • In a large bowl, add cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, water and rum. Mix well to combine and then pour batter over nuts in pan.
  • Bake for one hour or until it tests done with a toothpick.
  • Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then invert onto a serving platter.

Cake

  • In a medium saucepan, combine butter sugar and water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add rum and continue boiling for 1-2 minutes, being sure you are stirring constantly.
  • Pour glaze evenly over cake.

Notes

An alternate recipe for the glaze is to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and then stir in the rum. This will make the glaze have more of a syrup consistency than a caramel consistency. You poke holes all over your cake with a skewer and then brush the glaze over so it absorbs into the cake. 

Nutrition

Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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