This Bacardi  Rum Cake is so delicious and easy to prepare! It is perfect for a family dessert, ladies’ luncheon, potluck dinner, or leftover breakfast if you’re me (there’s not *that* much rum!). People ask me for the recipe all the time so I’m sharing it today!

Bacardi Cake Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter

What is a cake with rum called?

Somehow “rum cake” sounds too forward, a little pirate-y maybe. For whatever reason, this particular cake with rum is called Bacardi Rum Cake! The recipe comes from my mother-in-law who first made it for me before I had any children and I then thought about it for nine long months during each pregnancy. True story.

I love how this cake is like a sponge to the rum glaze yet it doesn’t get soggy. I don’t love all cake. I’m picky about texture and prefer a dense, moist cake (those words without “cake” after them are awful). Same reason why I love tres leche cake but that’s a post for another day.

Bacardi Rum Cake Recipe
You can SEE the rum glaze. YUM.

How do you make rum cake?

My mil’s recipe is pretty straightforward but I have never made it in her presence so inevitably mine doesn’t turn out quite as good as hers but I have no idea why. Hopefully she will read this and enlighten us all!

Bacardi Rum Cake Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
You start by finely chopping pecans.
Bacardi Rum Cake by The Spirited Thrifter
Then you butter the bundt pan and coat it with the pecans.  I did my best to get them to stick to the sides but really, when they fall to the bottom, that’s not a bad thing.

The batter is made by mixing together a cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, oil and RUM. You bake it…

Bacardi Rum Cake by The Spirited Thrifter
And after it comes out of the oven, go to town poking it with holes that will soon absorb all the delicious rum glaze. I used a metal chopstick to make my holes.

How do you make a glaze for rum cake?

The glaze for Bacardi Rum Cake is made by boiling together butter, water, sugar and then adding RUM. (I was tempted to make extra to keep on hand for medicinal purposes.) Pour it all over the baked cake fresh from the oven, then let it set in the fridge for an hour or two to fully soak in… Invert and admire!

Bacardi Rum Cake by The Spirited Thrifter

My mil recommends serving this with LOTS of whipped cream, real whipped cream.

Bacardi Rum Cake by The Spirited Thrifter
She’s right about the whipped cream (and many things!)

Can you get drunk off rum cake?

No. There is a total of 1 cup of rum in Bacardi Rum Cake and the cake serves 12 or more which means that each serving would have just over half an ounce and half of that is baked into the cake. Now, I haven’t eaten the whole thing myself in one sitting but even if you did, you might feel sick but not drunk. The cake tastes like the rum and butter Lifesavers of yesteryear and even kids can eat it. I did not eat it during pregnancy because I did not consume any alcohol while pregnant, cooked foods or not, just to be on the safe side.

This cake is a little addictive though, so you might find yourself cutting off little slivers pretending like you’re not having a piece. Bundt cakes are especially conducive to this method of self-denial given their circular shape. Just me?!! Please make me feel better about my cake eating denial in the comments!! And if you can’t relate, bake this Bacardi Rum Cakethen we’ll talk!

xoxo Nicole

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Bacardi Rum Cake by The Spirited Thrifter

Bacardi Cake Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
5 from 2 votes

Bacardi Rum Cake

Bacardi Rum Cake is made by coating a bundt cake pan with butter and pecans, mixing up some simple cake batter using a cake mix and other ingredients, baking, then smothering with a delicious rum glaze!  

Course Dessert
Keyword bacardi rum cake
Servings 150 people who eat bundt cake in tiny slivers and pretend they're not having any
Author The Spirited Thrifter


  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Press pecans on a VERY well greased bundt pan.

  • 1 cake mix - I used yellow but my mother-in-law blew my mind saying you can use butter pecan or other cake mix flavours
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup white rum, Bacardi is my fave

Mix batter ingredients together, pour into bundt pan and bake according to the time listed on the cake mix box for bundt cakes.

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup rum

Boil butter, water, and sugar together for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum.


  1. When cake is done baking, let cool for a few minutes then poke all over.

  2. Pour rum glaze all over the cake. It will seem like a lot; it's not. Most of it will get absorbed via your awesome holes.

  3. Let sit in the fridge for an hour or two to allow the rum glaze to be absorbed.

  4. Invert on a plate and admire your bundt awesomeness.

  5. Serve with a GENEROUS amount of whipped cream.

  6. Finish off the rest of the cake one tiny sliver at a time.


  1. 5 stars
    Yummy!! Gonna make it and gonna eat it up….may share, probs won’t. Thanks Nicole for this recipe.

  2. Garden Goddess

    This looks AWESOME! AND, I happen to have a bottle of Bacardi in the cupboard… Thank you for sharing this recipe. Now, what kind of drink could possible go with this…hmmmm

    • nicole

      I was tempted to make extra of the rum syrup and try mixing it with club soda! And maybe a bit more rum! Otherwise a mojito is one of my fave rum drinks!

  3. 5 stars
    I use dark rum. You stated yours doesn’t turn out as good as your mom’s. Maybe you should try Bacardi black rum. I poke holes at the bottom of the cake, when it comes out. Pour half the glaze over it. Then I remove it from the pan, poke holes at the top. And pour the other half of glaze on top. I also added, a teaspoon of each: cinnamon and vanilla and nutmeg to the batter. And 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg. It was so much better

    • I couldn’t edit my previous comment. It was a teaspoon of each: cinnamon and vanilla, and ground ginger. Then a 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.