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Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake

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  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix (Box)
  • 1 Vanilla Instant Pudding (Box)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup (divided) Cold Water
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup (divided) Bacardi Rum
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar

Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake

A delicious cake that will transport you to the islands.

75 minutes, plus cooling

Serves: 8-12


A really quick and easy cake that comes out great every time and is perfect for summer!

Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Ingredients

This Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake is about the easiest and tastiest way to take a mental trip to the islands. It comes together with minimal effort. It’s a great recipe to try if you’ve been wanting to try making a cake but were a little nervous. The only special piece of equipment you need is a bundt pan. All the ingredients can be found at any grocery store (and liquor store if you can’t buy booze at the grocery in your state).

Making the the cake batter is a snap, just dump all the batter ingredients in a bowl and whisk by hand for about two minutes. You can mix the batter with an electric mixer, but over mixing can make a cake start to get dry and tough. That is less of a concern with a cake mix, but it’s not hard to mix by hand so I would recommend it just to be safe.

Once the cake is cooked, make sure it’s had PLENTY of time to cool. I would suggest at least an hour or two if possible. Once it’s totally cooled, then start making the glaze. You don’t want to make the glaze too early as you want it warm when you pour it over the cake.

I’m not sure if there are any modifications you can do with this cake as it’s a pretty perfect Rum Cake as it is. One thing I’m gonna plan to try to do though is baking it into little cakes in a mini muffin pan with pecans sprinkled on top. I can see bite-size versions of this cake being a big hit at a pool party or summer cookout.

If you give this Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake a try, share a picture with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes) or let me know what you think in the comments.

Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Recipe Card Front Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Recipe Card Back


  • Preheat Oven to 350º 
  • Prep Pan 

    Pretreat a bundt pan with cooking spray, or even better, baking spray which has a little flour in it and so makes it easier for the cake to release from more intricate shapes (like bundt pans) after baking.

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Prep Bundt Pan
  • Add Pecans 

    Add the chopped pecans to the bundt pan, sprinkling them evenly over the bottom and up the sides as far as you can.

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Add Pecans
  • Combine Cake Ingredients and Mix 

    To a large bowl, add: cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, 1/2 Cup cold water, oil and 1/2 Cup rum. Whisk together by hand for about 2 minutes or until its all smooth and free of lumps.

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Ingredients in Bowl
    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Batter Ready
  • Pour the Batter into the Pan 

    Pour the batter on top of the pecans in the bundt pan and smooth out the top as best you can.

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Pour Batter into Pan
  • Bake Cake 

    Bake the cake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. After baking, allow to cool in the pan for about five minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Cooling
  • Make the Glaze 

    Once the cake is COMPLETELY cool (at least an hour or two at room temperature), it's time to make the glaze. To a medium sauce pan, add the butter, 1/4 Cup water and sugar. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once the butter has melted, continue cooking until the mixture begins to boil and allow to boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Immediately take off the heat and allow to cool.

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Glaze Ingredients
    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Glaze Boiling
  • Poke Cake 

    While the glaze is cooling, take a large skewer and poke the cake all over. Be careful to not knock all the pecans off the top!

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Poke Cake
  • Finish Glaze 

    Once the glaze has cooled slightly (2-3 minutes), add the reaming 1/2 Cup of rum and whisk to combine.

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Add Rum
  • Pour Glaze 

    Now, pour the glaze all over the cake. Go slowly so the glaze has time to seep in and the cake can absorb it. It works well to place a wire rack on a baking sheet and then place the cake on that and then pour. This allows the excess glaze to fall off and away from the cake.

    Bacardi Rum Heavenly Cake Pour Glaze



4 Responses

  1. My boyfriend’s Mother made this cake for many, many years when she catered. I found her copy a few months back and salvaged it. Made it for his birthday, and it is excellent and very easy to make. Her cake calls for dark Rum so I use Bacardi Reserva. Enjoy!!

  2. I think grandma copied the recipe from Bacardi. This same recipe used to come on a tag attached to the rum bottle over 30 years ago. I used to bake the cake back then so I recognize it.

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