When remembering the foods of your childhood, what stands out the most? I’d say it’s a tough call. I never really thought of my mom as having a signature dish, but if she did, it would likely be this classic Bacardi rum cake. Of course, here on Webicurean, most of the recipes are similarly old school. For me, there’s nothing like a trip down memory lane, especially if it’s in the kitchen. So when the #SundaySupper crew announced this week’s theme–retro recipes–I was all over it!
Trouble? Who me?
This rum cake falls squarely in the semi-homemade category, but no one can really tell the difference. I remember my mom bringing this to many parties, and it was always such a hit. Sometimes she’d bring it to Italian-Catholic Federation events, and the chapter president would squirrel it away for his board meeting instead. He was funny that way.
Anyway, the cake is super moist and the glaze makes it extremely boozy (should I mention the slight buzz I got from licking the batter off the bowl? nah) According to the notes in my copy of Best Recipes, this was the first cake ever to incorporate pudding into the recipe. Good call, I’d say! Since the recipe first appeared, the box of cake mix has lost a couple of ounces, so this recipe has been adjusted accordingly. If you’d rather not use a box, you can try adding in this yellow scratch cake.
Let’s get baking!
Since my bundt pan is non-stick, I just sprayed it with cooking spray. If you have an older pan that’s not non-stick, you should grease and flour the pan first. Then spread the chopped nuts evenly on the bottom.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a fork, then stir in the water, oil, and rum.
Then add in the dry cake mix and pudding and whisk or beat with a hand mixer until completely blended.
Pour into the pan, and bake for about 50 minutes until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let this cool for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, let’s get the glaze together. First you’ll need to melt the butter in a small pan.
Stir in the sugar and water, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for about 5 minutes, then stir in the rum and remove from heat.
While the cake is still warm, invert onto serving plate, then prick the top and sides with a fork.
Spoon the hot glaze over the top and sides, and continue spooning over the cake until mostly absorbed. Enjoy!
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup cold water
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- ½ cup Bacardi Gold rum
- 1 package Duncan Hines Classic yellow cake mix
- 1 (3¾-oz.) package Jell-O vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
- 1 stick butter
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup Bacardi Gold rum
- Preheat oven 325.
- Spray 10-inch tube or 12-cup Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Sprinkle nuts evently on the bottom of the pan.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Stir in the water, oil, and rum. With the whisk or a hand mixer, add in the dry cake mix and the dry pudding.
- Pour batter into pan, and bake for 50 minutes, or until done.
- Cool cake for about 10-15 minutes, then invert onto serving plate and prick the top and sides with a fork.
- While the cake is still warm, spoon the hot glaze over the top and sides, and continue spooning over the cake until most of the glaze is absorbed.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
- Stir in sugar, water and rum, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
Let’s see what others in the group have cooked up!
Sunday Supper Retro Appetizers:
- Irish Cheddar-Whiskey Fondue by girlichef
- She Devils: Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs by Ruffles & Truffles
Sunday Supper Retro Salads:
- Coca-Cola Salad by Magnolia Days
- Salmon Salad | Retro Tuna Salad by Family Foodie
- Ambrosia Salad by Simply Gourmet
- Romaine “Wedge” Salad with Hot Maple Bacon Dressing by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Carrot & Raisin Salad by The Roxx Box
- Sweet & Smoky Broccoli Salad by In The Kitchen with KP
Sunday Supper Retro Breads and Sandwiches:
- Italian Style Bread by The Meltaways
- Creamed Chipped Salmon Jerky on Toast by Pescetarian Journal
- Grown-Up Tuna Melts by Home Cooking Memories
- English Muffin Pizzas by Comfy Cuisine
- Patty Melt, Hand Cut Fries, & a Shake by Mooshu Jenne
- Grown-Up Grilled Cheese With Tomato Soup by Catholic Foodie
- Toast Topper #16: Grandma’s Mock Apricot Jam by What Smells So Good?
SundaySupper Main Dishes:
- Chicken Pot Pie Topped With Bacon Cheddar Biscuits by Chocolate Moosey
- Tuna Noodle Casserole by Country Girl in the Village
- Nana’s Marinated Beef Roast by Supper for a Steal
- Chorizo Scotch Eggs by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken Maryland by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Mushroom Stroganoff by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Dairyfree Toast Hawaii by Galactosemia in PDX
- Porcupine Meatballs by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chicken Kiev by The Urban Mrs.
- Salmon Quiche with Preserved Lemon by Shockingly Delicious
- Steak Diane by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Fried Chicken only in the Oven by In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Hambak Steak a.k.a. Salisbury Steak by Kimchi Mom
- Retro-Redo: Homemade TV Dinner by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Kicked Up Meatloaf by Curious Cuisiniere
- Shrimp Scampi (a lighter version) by Kudos Kitchen
- Old-Fashioned Pork Chops by My Trials in the Kitchen
- Jägerschnitzel by Sustainable Dad
- Healthier Hamburger-Corn Noodle Casserole by The Weekend Gourmet
- Inspired by Tuna Noodle Casserole by Cookistry
- Chicken-N-Biscuits Pot Pie Casserole by The Messy Baker Blog
- Souper Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes by Mama.Mommy.Mom
- Meatloaf that will make you swoon and Datz the truth by Midlife Roadtrip
- Spaghetti with Currywurst Sauce by Masala Herb
- Tator Tot Casserole by NeighborFood
Sunday Supper Retro Sides and Veggies:
- Smokey Braised Red Cabbage by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Classic Corn Casserole by The Foodie Army Wife
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Classic Green Bean Casserole Redux by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Mem’s Broccoli Casserole by Momma’s Meals
Sunday Supper Retro Desserts and Cocktails:
- Peachy Keen Tutti-Frutti Jello by La Cocina de Leslie
- Old School Boozy Rum Cake by Webicurean
- Individual Baked Alaskas by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Rainbow Jello by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Noshing with the Nolands
- Pineapple Bars by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Creamy Dairy Free Fresh Orange Julius With Coconut Milk by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Refrigerator Strawberry Cheesecake by There and Back Again
- Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by Juanita’s Cocina
- Boston Cream Pie by Gotta Get Baked
- Coca-Cola Cupcakes by Daily Dish Recipes
- Jello Poke Cake by Flour On My Face
- Devil’s Food Cake by Maroc Mama
- Bread Pudding with Pecans by Basic and Delicious
- Victoria Sponge Cake by The Lovely Pantry
- A Chocolate Twist on the Classic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake by Ninja Baking
- Post War Apple Pudding by My Cute Bride
- Layered Mini Chocolate Banana Cakes by Big Bears Wife
- Raspberry Jam Cakes by Pippis in the Kitchen Again
- Cocktail: Moscow Mule by Crazy by Crazy Foodie Stunts
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