Years ago when I worked in hotel/restaurant management, I took a job at a fancy little bed & breakfast. If you can imagine this, there was a daily tea time and guests loved it. It was a time to socialize with guests, assist them with dinner plans and serve them tea and sweets. Not sure of your vacation plans the following day? Come to tea and we'll talk about some great options. In the regular rotation of desserts was the really great rum cake recipe I'm sharing here today.
There was an old man named Joe who helped the owners with breakfast and he was also the official rum cake maker. In fact, the recipe was his. It was always a guest favorite and every chance I got I would cut a sliver for myself because it was so addicting. But these were times when there was only a certain amount of cake and it was for the guests. I didn't care. I thought, they won't notice a little sliver missing. It was like that episode from Seinfeld when Elaine eats Mr. Peterman's $29,000 slice of cake he bought at an auction. Just one more bite. One. more. bite.
Joe's Really Great Rum Cake is easy to make and addicting
The recipe for Joe's rum cake first seemed to be shrouded in mystery. I felt like the owners of the inn (who were a bit stiff and strict) didn't want anyone to see the recipe. I was so respectful of authority figures back then so I figured okay, I'll never get my hands on that recipe and I accepted it. Then one time Joe and I were at the inn and no one was around. I told him how much I loved that cake and it was the most delicious dessert I ever had. He smiled and said, "Oh, you want a copy of the recipe?" Such a sweet, old man and of course I jumped at the chance to get that recipe.
I was very surprised that this gourmet rum cake was actually made by elevating a boxed mix. Just add instant pudding mix, eggs, water, veg oil and rum. The kicker for this recipe is the amazing glaze you pour over the cake right when it comes out of the oven. It makes the outside of the cake super moist and the rum, butter and sugar give it the kick it needs without being overwhelming.
You should really give this one a try - it will not disappoint! And if you're looking for something else that is sweet you can also try my Killer Apple Pie or my Yummy Strawberry Torte Cake. I don't actually make too many sweet things for my website because I enjoy savory cooking more. So when I do post a dessert recipe, I choose carefully.Print