Rich Rum Cake
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
- 4 large eggs, room temperature, separated
- 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 3/4 cup rum
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- Optional: Whipped cream and finely chopped glazed pecans
- Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. For sauce, in a saucepan, combine confectioners' sugar, juice and 1/4 cup cubed butter; cook and stir over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in rum. Reserve 3/4 cup for serving.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Grease and flour a 10-in. tube pan. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg together twice; set aside.
- In a bowl, beat egg whites on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
- In another bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/4 cup remaining brown sugar and the vanilla, beating on high speed until thick. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into batter. Alternately fold in flour mixture and remaining whites. Fold in melted butter.
- Transfer to prepared pan. Bake on lowest oven rack 25-30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately poke holes in cake with a fork; slowly pour remaining sauce over cake, allowing sauce to absorb into cake. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Invert onto a serving plate. Serve with reserved sauce and, if desired, whipped cream and glazed pecans.
Nutrition Facts1 slice: 371 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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Dec 9, 2018
Spectacular! You need to love rum. Not a crumb left and was the first item wiped out on the dessert buffet. A keeper for sure. Also travels well. I made the cake minus the glaze and shipped to my girlfriend with instructions.
Mar 21, 2018
Wow, what a dessert. You have to LOVE rum if you're thinking about making this cake because it's not subtle. My book club went crazy over this one. I suppose if you aren't a fan of an intense rum flavor (or are serving to children) you could substitute orange juice for some or all of the rum.
Dec 24, 2016
This cake has promise but you need to reduce the amount of rum way down. I am making it again but using 1/3 the amount of rum listed.
Dec 13, 2016
I should have read this recipe all the way through. I never would have made this cake if I had. The rum was way too strong for us and we had to throw away the cake which means a waste of good rum as well.