Rum Cake Recipe

Rum Cake and Christmas go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like peas and carrots. Like halloween and pumpkin. Like Valentine’s Day and chocolate. At least in my book. Rum cake always appears on the holiday dessert buffet and always is one of the desserts that disappears the quickest.


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And this rum cake recipe that my friend, Ree includes in her newest cookbook, A Year of Holidays, will surely become a favorite, even for those folks that swear rum cake isn’t one of their favorites. Promise.


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Even though we still have a few weeks to go before the Christmas parties officially begin, when I saw the rum cake recipe in Ree’s book, I knew I couldn’t wait to try it. Although, let me tell you, it was hard to decide which recipe I wanted to try first.

As with the recipes she shares in her other cookbooks, on her blog, and on television, they all are amazing. You certainly can’t go wrong with any of Ree’s recipe, in my opinion. Or my husband’s opinion. Or my son’s opinion. Hey, we’re a pretty opinionated bunch when it comes to recipes, ya know.
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And this rum cake?

Well, just like I thought, it makes an easy, yet oh so elegant dessert that will be perfect for sharing with family and friends during your holiday entertaining as well as giving to neighbors as a gift.


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If it makes it out of the house, that is. Talk about deeee-licious!!!

Here’s Ree’s Christmas Rum Pudding Cake Recipe. Believe me when I say, it will be a Christmas creation everyone will request!

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Rum Pudding Cake Recipe
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Rum Cake makes a classic holiday dessert and this easy, yet elegant rum cake recipe will quickly become a festive favorite!
Serves: 12
  • For the Rum Cake:
  • ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup dark rum
  • For the Glaze:
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup dark rum
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F and thoroughly grease a Bundt pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar and chopped pecans in the bottom of the pan. This will serve as the topping of the cake when the cake is turned out of the pan.
  2. Add cake mix and pudding mix to the bowl of an electric mixer. Crack in the eggs and add water, canola oil, and rum, Mix the batter until it is smooth and totally combined.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer or long toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake and removed.
  4. When the cake has about 10 minutes remaining cooking time, make the glaze.
  5. Melt the butter and sugar together in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Then add water and bring the mixture to a boil for 4 to 5 minutes, or until thick. Carefully add the rum to the mixture and cook for 1 more minute. (Take care when adding the alcohol to the mixture, especially if cooking over an open flame.)
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  7. Use a skewer or long toothpick and poke holes all over the surface of the cake.
  8. Drizzle half the glaze over the surface of the cake, then let the cake sit for about 10 to 15 minutes to allow the cake to absorb the glaze.
  9. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter and very slowly drizzle the rest of the glaze over the top of the cake, giving the cake a chance to absorb as much as possible.
  10. Let the cake sit for a couple of house to make sure it’s really moist and rummy.
  11. Slice and serve.
Recipe from Ree Drummond’s A Year of Holidays Cookbook, 2013


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Speaking of Ree’s fabulous and festive new cookbook, she’s providing THREE lucky members of the Add a Pinch family with an autographed copy of A Year of Holidays. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love her newest book. Filled with 140 of her signature step-by-step beautifully photographed guided recipes, Ree’s menus and recipes included in this book will definitely make your holiday celebrations a piece of cake! (Get it? Ha!)

It is definitely a must-have, year-round cookbook that will barely have time to make it back onto the bookshelf you’ll use it so much!


The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays Cookbook | ©

The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays Cookbook | ©

The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays Cookbook | ©

The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays Cookbook | ©




To enter to win an autographed copy of Ree’s A Year of Holidays, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite recipe of Ree’s.

Congratulations to the following winners:

#1275 – B. Hannaford
#1186 – Debbie Rogers
#766 – Donna P Upnorth

You can also get a few extra entries with the following, if you wanna:

Then head back to this post and leave a comment that you did.

This giveaway ends November 7th at 11:59 PM eastern. The winners will be announced sometime the following day!

Ree is also sharing her beautiful book with a few of my friend’s and their readers as well. Just hop on over to these blogs for even more opportunities to win an autographed copy and see some of Ree’s beautiful recipes come to life!

Bev Cooks made Chipotle Chicken Chili

Recipe Girl made Pecan Pie

She Wears Many Hats made Perfect Cream Scones

Reluctant Entertainer made Mulled Apple Cider

Two Peas and Their Pod made Dulce De Leche Brownies

i am baker made Dr. Pepper Cake

Love y’all tons! Hope you love this cake and Ree’s book as much as I do!
Robyn xo

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  1. 1266

    I’ve be trying to remember what I made. Anything that I’ve made has been delicious. Thank you, Ree

  2. 1267
    Sonia Gonzalez says:

    Dulce de Leche cake

  3. 1268

    I love all of her recipes. I made the cookie one with the candy in the middle, but my favorite ones are her seafood pasta with the scallops and shrimp, that she made on the show when her sister and Mom visited!

  4. 1269

    Love The Pioneer Woman..thank you for this recipe!

  5. 1270
    Jody Jackson says:

    My family’s favorite is the twice baked potato recipe. My Husband and kids cannot have that often enough!!!

  6. 1271
    Stacey Bosley says:

    Bbq chicken and pineapple quesadillas!

  7. 1272
    Katie Lee says:

    I love all the ones I have tried! The citrus cookies are amazing! Mmm! I want some now!

  8. 1273

    Ree’s bruschetta is amazing! I can eat it morning, noon and night.

  9. 1274

    I love her chocolate cake recipe! So delicious.

  10. 1275

    dulche de leche is one of my very favorite reciepe along with others I have tried from your show on the cooking channel.

  11. 1276

    Coming back to say I just added you and reposted this from all this sites ya listed :)

  12. 1277
    Shirlee Rich says:

    Seafood pasta is wonderful!

  13. 1278
    Lori Sawyer says:

    I’ve never made anything of Ree’s yet. Hoping to win the cookbook and get started on changing that.

  14. 1279
    Sarah Mc-B says:

    I love Ree’s Twice Baked Potatoes recipe. So yummy!

  15. 1280
    Sarah Mc-B says:

    I subscribed to your emails.

  16. 1281
    Tennille Perry says:

    Comfort meatballs and rosemary dinner rolls!!!!

  17. 1282
    Twyla Harkey says:

    Chocolate sheet cake

  18. 1283
    Nancy Chapin says:

    I’d have to say my fave is the pizza burgers…yum!

  19. 1284

    “Fake” Sushi rolls for a picnic

  20. 1285
    Ginger-NY says:

    My favorite Ree recipe, hands down is her Cinnamon Rolls. I’m a hit everytime I make them for family and friends!!

  21. 1286

    “Knock You Naked Brownies” – everywhere I take them, I come home with a humorous story that has been created from introducing this dessert. They are much enjoyed, the recipe is always desired and they create quite a laugh!

  22. 1287

    All the recipes I’ve tried have been wonderful!

  23. 1288
    SUE MAKANI says:


  24. 1289

    i just like seeing her make eveything the rolls look so yummy!! also her cakes including the rum cake but carrot cake just looks so yum!!!

  25. 1290

    everything she makes is so good i like to see her make cakes & pies yum!!!!

  26. 1291

    I love your pizza and my grand children love helping make them thanks for all the short cuts also

  27. 1292
    Brandi Brockway says:

    I loved her episode where it was Todd’s 7th birthday and she made mac and cheese and sliders with all of the fixins. YUMM!

  28. 1293
    Julie Murphy says:

    Who won the books?

  29. 1294

    In your ingredients you say that the type of pudding to use is cook and serve but Ree’s says INSTANT. Did you try it with the cook type pudding mix?

  30. 1295
    Joan Lansdell says:

    I love the way Pioneer woman sautes onions in her black iron skillet . They alway look so good and sweet.
    Watching her has taught me to work will mine longer and get them to the just right stadge.

  31. 1296

    Sherried tomato soup

  32. 1297

    i love your recipes but i really enjoy watching u and your family on the ranch it looks like a really great way of life, and a balanced one as well thank you so much for sharing a piece of it with all of us. looking forward to your holiday shows and awesome recipes u will share


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