You don’t have to be a Bacardi Rum drinker to enjoy this tasty rum cake. This tried-and-true recipe makes the moistest cake you’ll ever eat. In fact, it’s the one cake that gets better with age. Although, most of the time it doesn’t last very long in your refrigerator due to the temptation to have more than one bite. Simply put, a Barcardi Rum Bundt Cake is the perfect dessert choice for almost any occasion.


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped and toasted
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum

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Steps to Make It

For the Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.Bacardi Rum Cake recipe ingredients gathered
  2. To make the cake, preheat an oven to 325 F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.Greased and floured 12-cup bundt pan
  3. Sprinkle nuts on the bottom of the pan.Nuts in the bottom of the bundt pan
  4. Combine all cake ingredients—yellow cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, cold milk, oil, and rum—in a large bowl. Beat for 2 minutes on high with an electric mixer.Rum bundt cake ingredients combined together in a bowl
  5. Pour into the prepared pan.Bacardi Rum Cake batter poured into pan
  6. Bake for 1 hour.Baked Bacardi rum cake in bundt pan
  7. Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes, and then invert onto a serving plate.Bacardi Rum Cake cooled and inverted on plate
  8. Prick top with a fork.Top of rum cake pricked with fork

To Make the Glaze

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.Butter melted in a saucepan for Bacardi rum cake glaze
  2. Stir in the water and sugar.Water and sugar added to butter for Bacardi rum cake glaze
  3. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.Ingredients in saucepan boiling for rum cake glaze
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the rum. Note: Adding the rum will create a lot of steam. Be careful not to burn yourself.Glaze removed from heat and rum added to saucepan
  5. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the Bacardi rum cake. Use a brush or spoon to re-glaze the cake with any drippings on the bottom of the plate.Glaze drizzling over top of Bacardi rum cake


  • The longer this cake sits, the better the taste.
  • Enjoy it plain, or top it with vanilla ice cream. And for an extra special treat for adults, drizzle some more rum over the ice cream.
  • It’s also the perfect cake to send as a gift through the mail because the rum acts as a preservative. Many of these cakes have been shipped to soldiers overseas. Some folks have even baked them in canning jars and then shipped them overseas.

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