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Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake Recipe

For years, my co-workers were taste testers as I worked on a recipe for pumpkin cake. This version wins, hands down. —Gilda Smith, Santee, CA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup rum

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan; sprinkle pecans onto bottom of pan.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar, oil, eggs and water until well blended. In another bowl, whisk cake mix and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • 3. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  • 4. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter, cinnamon and cloves; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in rum; cook and stir 2-3 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved.
  • 5. Gradually brush glaze onto warm cake, about 1/4 cup at a time, allowing glaze to soak into cake before adding more. Cool completely. Yield: 12 servings.

Reviews for Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Very easy to make...was a great cake for our Halloween "picnic". Best part....leftover slice with coffee for early morning snack :-) Next time I would probably pour the glaze over the cake while still in the pan. It runs off too much otherwise. I have a recipe that is very similar for a plain rum cake and this method works great for it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"Loved this, made 6 mini bundts and then held each upside down in a bowl with the glaze. It really soaked in. THEN, I served it with crushed heath bars, whipped cream and salted caramel topping (Smuckers). Everyone wanted the recipe. Next time (this weekend I plan to make the large bundt, and poke holes to pour the glaze into the cake.

Thanks for a great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"I would love to try this recipe however, any suggestions to substitute rum abstract for the alcohol. If yes, how much extract? I look forward to any responses.

Thanks,
Gee"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"Very moist. But the pumpkin flavor is subtle, and the rum is only in the glaze. I personally wouldn't use the words Pumpkin or Rum in the name of this recipe, because neither really stood out. Its more like a holiday spice cake. It reminds me more of coffee cake than actual cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"Delicious!! So easy to make and it was gone after I took it to work! We used all the glaze and would like to have used more pecans. Will probably add more next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

"MAKING THIS DESSERT WAS A 'PIECE OF CAKE". SO EASY AND S0-0-0-0-0- GOOD. NEEDED A DESERT FOR A DINNER PARTY AND GOT RAVE REVIEWS FOR THIS EASY TO MAKE CAKE. NO ONE GUESSED THAT A YELLOW CAKE MIX WAS THE BASE FOR THIS AWESOME DESSERT. NEXT TIME, MIGHT ADD CHOPPED PECANS TO THE CAKE BATTER. THIS IS MY NEW GO TO CAKE FOR THE FOR THE FALL SEASON. ITS DELICIOUS."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"Wonderful and easy to make. I didn't use all of the glaze as I felt it would be too much."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"This was an easy recipe o make, and it was so delicious! Baked in a pretty Bundt pan with fall foliage motif it looked as beautiful as it tasted! I baked it the day before an event and drizzled the rum glaze over it that day. The next day I heated the remaining glaze and again drizzled it over the cake with spectacular results. People (including my son!!) were standing over it cutting off slender slices again and again not able to "get enough" of this delicious cake!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"So easy to make and so delicious!!! The recipe makes a lot of rum sauce so I warmed the extra and served it over vanilla ice cream and the cake. Yumnmy! I will definitely make this for family and friends."

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