Makeover Rum Cake Recipe
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Makeover Rum Cake Recipe

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Makeover Rum Cake has a shiny glaze, and only about half the calories and cholesterol as the original version. But it’s still moist, tender and as good with coffee in the morning as it is after a special meal. Now that’s definitely something worth celebrating. —Catharine Seman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 251 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 243mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; add pecans. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, milk, rum, oil, applesauce and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Drizzle over cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Rum Cake in Healthy Cooking October/November 2010, p21

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erinkate User ID: 8038146 224669
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"our favorite cake"

conley8 User ID: 7457924 190915
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"I made this rum cake for my family on new years eve, and it taste so good so i made another one the week after for my best friend she wanted the recipe so i shared the website with her.:-)"

Storybookcottage User ID: 7541269 180509
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"I made this cake for the first time and it turned out great! I followed the recipe exactly as written only using 2% milk instead of fat-free. I will definitely make this again!"

amandakaye747 User ID: 5402044 189881
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"So good and so easy!"

Amy Heinz User ID: 5504893 212067
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I made this several times over the holidays and each time there was nothing left over to take home. Also, no one knew it the healthy version. Once, I mention that I had people asking me for the recipe."

jb27 User ID: 1403991 180506
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"Fantastic! Not just delicious, but beautiful, too."

wfairhurst User ID: 5473035 212066
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"This is a wonderful recipe, I've made this 4 times in the last 3-4 weeks, a great cake to take to work or give to hostess when invited to a party or get together. Very pretty too."

TeryeJ User ID: 5531142 112499
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"Easy and awesome taste!! You don't even think its a makeover recipe because the flavor is so fabulous"

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