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 recipes, 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.


Rum Cake Recipe | ©

Rum Cake Recipe | ©


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!

Rum Pudding Cake Recipe

Rum Cake makes a classic holiday dessert and this easy, yet elegant rum cake recipe will quickly become a festive favorite!
4.8 from 105 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 16
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • For the Rum Cake:
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4-ounce package vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • For the Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup dark rum


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When the cake has about 10 minutes remaining cooking time, make the glaze.
  • 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.)
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Use a skewer or long toothpick and poke holes all over the surface of the cake.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Let the cake sit for a couple of hours to make sure it's really moist and rummy.
  • 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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  2. I think I’ve cooked everything from Ree’s first cookbook at least twice. My favorite that I get the most compliments is from her website- spicy dr pepper pulled pork!

  3. Gosh, it’s hard to pick just one. We do love her pecan pie with whiskey cream sauce for Thanksgiving though. Delicious!!!

  4. My favorite recipe of Ree’s is one of her main meal salads called Grilled Chicken Salad with Feta, Fresh Corn, and Blueberries. It says summer to me!

  5. My favorite is a main meal salead called, Grilled Chicken Salad with Feta, Fresh Corn, and Blueberries. It says summer to me!

  6. I’ve been eyeing this book and would love a copy. Ree’s Apple Dumplings have made me somewhat famous. Everytime I take them to a gathering, I come home with a dish that’s all but been licked clean!

    I follow you on Pinterest and am an e-mail subscriber.

  7. I have made several things from PW’s website. Cinnamon rolls are probably my favorite … but they’re mostly all wonderful. :] Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I make her classic pot roast all the time and my friends and family adore it. Delicious, warm, stick to you comfort food. I love Ree and so excited about her new cookbook!

  9. I have never made anything of Rae’s, but her cinnamon rolls look so yummy. I might have to try them one day. Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook.

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    1. 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

  12. I don’t have a favorite recipe, YET! Can’t wait to try some of her recipes though, the ones I have looked at look very yummy!

  13. I LOVE all of Ree’s recipes, too… but the one I seem to make most often is the Restaurant Style Salsa. SOOOO good and easy 🙂

  14. I pinned it! I love all of her cookbooks! can’t wait to see and try all the recipes from her newest one

  15. What a great recipe and giveaway! Thanks for sharing, Robyn. My favorite of Ree’s has to be her Cajun Chicken Pasta. Drool!

  16. So far, Ree’s cube steak sandwiches are a favorite at our house, but I’d love to try some more of her delicious treats.

  17. I love her pot pie recipe and bbq meatballs. She has so many, I’m sure I’ll find more as I continue to make and bake more recipes! Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  18. I have so many favorite Pioneer Woman recipes, but our all-time favorite is bacon wrapped filet mignon cooked in a cast iron skillet

  19. I lover her Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and peas, comfort food at it’s best…now a weekly request by the hubby.

  20. It may or may not be in this book, but I make her petite vanilla scones recipe a lot. They are very popular with my family.

  21. I did all of the above for the contest and my favorite thing from Pioneer Woman is her smashed potatoes…mmmm, so crispy and yummy!

    Oh and about the rum cake, my step-mom is from the islands and she has made this recipe for years. It is VERY important to use the dark rum…not regular rum. I found out the hard way last Christmas…

  22. My mom is who introduced me to The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. She loves her show, her recipes, and her books.She has cooked me a few of the recipes she leanred from the cooking show and they were absolutely D-Lish. I personally have made and really enjoyed her recipe for Tres Leches Cake–super moist and not too sweet, perfect. Cant wait to try out this rum cake recipe–my mouth is watering for it 😉

    I also have signed up to follow Add a Pinch on pinterest.

  23. A fav PW recipe. Not possible. I haven’t found one yet I don’t like. But ‘in a pinch’ I would have to say I do love her penne ala betsy

  24. Hi everyone, I follow Robyn on my e-mail and absolutely love her recipes. I love Ree’s as well, and love this rum cake recipe. Makes me laugh to think about baking my first one as a teen for the family. I used the 151 Rum from the family liquor cabinet instead of something a little milder and my brother said he was glad the cake wasn’t used as a birthday cake with candles or it might have blown up. He still enjoys my cooking to this day and we always laugh about the rum cake! Thanks for the giveaway op, Robyn and Ree!

  25. PW’s POT Roast is out of this world. I started using her recipe last winter and it immediately became my go to recipe.

  26. I follow add a pinch on google+

    P.S. I just realized that I had a typo in my email address. I fixed it on this post. (Scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net)

  27. a recipe i keep using of Ree’s is her guacamole. there are others but i find i keep going back to that one. 🙂

  28. I love most of Ree’s recipes that I’ve tried, but one of my favorites is her recipe for pizza crust, and all of the delish toppings she uses! Thanks Ree!

  29. We love the The Marlboro Man Sandwich! But I’ve also made several deserts, kids love the sugar cookies. We use her website all the time and would love her new book which would be much easier to follow 🙂

  30. I have only made one thing of hers. The knock you naked brownies!! They were so so delicious!!! I would love to be able to make more of her stuff easier with one of her amazing books! I love her show because I can relate to a lot! I live over and hour away from the grocery store, I live on a ranch, I love to cook and I don’t help that often on the ranch! I look up to her so so much! I just hope one day I can be as amazing as she is! Thank you for this amazing opportunity!!

  31. I love her French Toast Casserole! It makes me look like a winner every time I have it for guests. I make her Macaroni and Cheese when I need to make a meal for someone. Ree makes me look awesome! 🙂

  32. I tried but cannot subscribe via email “The publisher has deactivated subscriptions by email” I’d like to subscribe if you can help!?

  33. Ree’s “Peach-Whiskey Barbecue Chicken” is a real treat and yummy like all the others I’ve tried.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  34. The strawberry shortcake recipe is my favorite. It’s such a beautiful dessert that even my picky older brother wanted to have a slice!

  35. I love love love her chili recipe!!!

    And the apple dumplings….

    and the pico de gallo…




  36. I have several favorite recipes from Ree…cinnamon rolls, chicken spaghetti, chicken parmesan, drip beef, lasagna… to name a few 🙂

  37. Followed you on Pinterest (Add a Pinch)! I love Ree’s (The Pioneer Woman) patty melt with caramelized onions recipe, incredibley delicious!

  38. Followed you on Twitter (Add a Pinch)! I love Ree’s (The Pioneer Woman) patty melt with caramelized onions recipe, incredibley delicious!

  39. I have several of Ree’s recipes I love! My favorite is her Mashed Potatoes… we have been eating them a lot lately =)

  40. I don’t know what my favorite Pioneer Woman recipe is, but I would like to win and maybe find a favorite in this cookbook.

  41. I made her mac and cheese for Thanksgiving one year – it was a hit and has been requested for many more family togethers!

  42. I have made many great recipes by Ree, but my family’s favorite is cinnamon rolls. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  43. I made chocolate chocolate white chocolate chip cookies, and they were so good. I would love a copy of Ree’s book!

  44. When I tried to subscribe it said the email subscription has been deactivated. So I have checked off to receive the newsletter. I hope it serves the same purpose.

  45. LOVE her cinnamon rolls. But this rum cake might displace them, I think.

    Subscribed to the newsletter!

    Your Atlanta neighbor

  46. I love her Sherried Tomato Soup. Add some nice crusty bread and it is a favorite meal.

    (Love this rum cake recipe. I use Marble Cake mix and make it in 2 small bundt pans, put them on Christmas plates and give them as gifts.)

  47. So many of her recipes look delicious!! I think I am looking at the rum cake though to by my current favorite!

  48. The Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake is a great version of a Texas sheet cake, where you pour warm frosting over the warm cake. I like that her version uses pecans in the frosting.

  49. My favorite Ree recipe is her Crash Hot Potatoes…simple and delicious!

    I followed you (Add a Pinch and you) on Google+ and pinterest and subscribed to your emails. Love your blog!

  50. I have made several of pioneer womans recipes , but really like the Restaurant -style salsa..make it alot! Yum

  51. I love love love PW’s chicken spaghetti recipe. And her hot beef sandwiches! And her pasta alla vodka! Love!

    I have followed you and added you on all of the required platforms, as well. 🙂

  52. Apple, Pecan & blue cheese salad with dried cherries and Dijon vinaigrette!!! We have it once a week!

  53. I cannot pick just one… Every single recipe of Ree’s I have tried has been awesome. No lie! Love your main dish recipes probably the most. Yummy!!!

  54. I’ve not made any of Ree’s recipes yet, but I watch Pioneer Woman all the time. Everything looks really good. Her fried pies looked good to try when we camp.

  55. I just found Ree Drummond via Facebook. I love her already however, I’ve yet to try any of her recipes… Well, because, I just found her! 🙂 I can’t wait to try her rum cake! Thanks for posting!

  56. This may sound corny but…
    My favorite recipe of Ree’s is her mixture of family, love, fun and beautiful country that she calls “life”.

  57. My favorite recipe? “My Favorite Meatloaf.” Best thing I’ve ever eaten – and most sinful! But who can say no to bacon on meatloaf? I made it for my boyfriend, who is a veritable Marlboro Man himself, and he couldn’t get enough of it. I now have to pace myself, but I make it every few months, especially when the weather gets colder, ’cause that’s when I love meatloaf the most. Ree Drummond is fantastic!

  58. I haven’t made any of her stuff yet, but I just got her cookbook Food from my Frontier and can’t wait to try these yummy recipes! Love her! 🙂

  59. Wow, that Rum Cake looks good!

    I honestly don’t think I could pick a favorite of Ree’s recipes. I have tried many out of her thousands of recipes. I love her iced coffee recipe, it’s so creamy & scrumptious!
    Chocolate cookies & pretty much every pasta dish of hers! 🙂

  60. I love everything of Ree’s that I have made, but so far the most requested recipe has been her restaurant style salsa! I make it for the restaurant I work at & it’s always a big hit!

  61. Oh the recipe I love the best from Ree is Cowboy Quiche! It is my family’s favorite on Saturday morning.

  62. So far….Chicken Enchilada and Cheesesteaks…never thought of using Roast Beef lunch meat before…:) But all of your recipes come out delish! My fav cook by far. 🙂

  63. My favorite recipe of Ree’s was a hard choice to make since everything she creates is divine. However, if I had to choose it would be her Philly Cheesesteaks.

  64. Followed on Pinterest and am now subscribed to your emails. My favorite Pioneer Woman recipe is her easy Calzones!

  65. One of my favorite PW recipes is the Crash Hot Potatoes. I’m now following you on Pinterest, Twitter, Google + and have subscribed to your email. Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. My favorites? Her chicken tortilla soup is AMAZING and that rum cake is divine! I don’t even drink and that cake is a hit around our place. YUMMY!!

    I have liked you on FB and am following you on Pinterest.


  68. Holy cake, I feeling inclined to lick my screen! I think my favorite Ree recipe is her cinnamon rolls. I don’t make them very often, but they’re SO good. Breakfast crack.

  69. I LOVE Rees homemade ranch dressing. We are a big ranch family, I swear we went through a huge bottle once a month. I made her recipe and we all loved it!

  70. I’ve never made anything of Ree’s that I didn’t like. My favorite has to be Marlboro Man Sandwiches though. Would LOVE to win this book!!!

  71. It’s too hard to just pick one! I have so many favorites! White chicken enchiladas, perfect pot roast, bolognese sauce, just to name a few!

  72. Seriously, my favorite recipe of Ree’s? There are so many! Okay, I’ll go with Fancy Mac & Cheese. The caramelized onions, bacon, and mushrooms take it over the top!

    Following you now on Twitter (@cindyelam1)

  73. My favorite Ree recipe is her Cinnamon Rolls. I make them with my daughters and granddaughters The best!!


  75. My favorite recipe to date is Ree’s BBQ Whisky Chicken. I make it all of the time, my family and friends love it when I make those delicious to-die-for chicken thighs! I make it with my own special recipe Cole Slaw and Ree’s Smashed Potatoes:)I learned to use a Dutch Oven making this recipe!

  76. I love her recipe for Ranch dressing. So darn good, I see a vegetable and start thinking how it would be doused in that ranch!

  77. SUPER excited for this recipe! THANK YOU!

    FOLLOWING on Twitter x 3
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    Coach Jamie @JamiePanziera
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  78. I’d sure love to have her newest book! Thanks for the chance to win.
    I’m going to follow you on Pinterest, too!

  79. Marlboro Man’s Favorite Sandwich gets made pretty often, but really everything Ree shares is good! This recipe is one I’ve made for years, glad Ree shares the “tried and trues!”

  80. Following on Pinterest and email. My favorite recipe is the amazing Stuffed Jalapenos with the Apricot glaze option. Soooooo good!

  81. My family LOVES he chocolate cobbler. YUM! I’m following on Pinterest and Twitter and have an email subscription!

  82. It’s hard to pick a favorite Pioneer Woman recipe, but if forced, I might have to choose her salsa recipe! I’m serious about salsa, and this one is PERFECT. Also, I followed on Pinterest and subscribed to the email list!

  83. My FAVORITE RECIPE of Ree’s

    there are SO many! But one that popped in my head first and is a HUGE FAMILY favorite… from my big MOOSE of a college playing football husband – he was a DUCK!!! Go DUCKS!!! to my Extreme Athlete 17 year old son… to our two active sweet girls 8 & 5…. a CROWD PLEASER for sure!

    Fresh Corn Casserole

    and now I can’t wait to try the RUM PUDDING CAKE! thank you!

  84. My kids would say her blackberry chip ice cream, but I am partial to her enchiladas 🙂 Oh and her Turkey brine is amazing! Thanks!

  85. I haven’t tried one of Ree’s recipes that I don’t like, but I make her restaurant-style salsa and bean and beef burritos quite often.

  86. I love all her recipes but this time of year the caramel apple pie that wasbjust in Dash magazine is definitely a fave!

  87. The Basic Deviled Eggs are wonderful, but even better than that I love all the variations of the deviled eggs. They are always a hit at potlucks! I followed you on Pinterest.

  88. Her chocolate cake that she has made at least 4 different ways: cupcakes, sheet cake, layer cake and now peanut butter

  89. I love all Ree’s recipes , my most favorite would have to be her Sunday Night Beef Stew & her chocolate malt cookies!~

  90. I made Ree’s Lime rice and enchiladas. Didn’t think we would like the lime in the rice but it has now become a family and friends favorite. Love her show.

  91. Following and subscribing via email. Love Ree. Her show is amazing. I feel a sense of comfort just watching her and the way she loves her family with the food she prepare. 🙂

  92. Awesome recipe for the Rum Pudding Cake….will be making this for our Thanksgiving feast this holiday. I love all of her recipies!!!…Never go wrong following any of her tips and recipies. Thanks for offering the giveaway….

  93. It’s definately her Mac and Cheese. I love watching her show. Makes me want to be a pioneer wife and cook 🙂

  94. I made her lime rice which is now a family favorite also made her enchiladas.Love her show. I love to cook and I always learn something from Ree.

  95. love love love your iced coffee recipe, it has gotten me through many summer days as well as spring autumn and winter days, it’s it the fridge year round at my place.

  96. I added you to follow on Pinterest !
    My favorite most versatile recipe is her Steak salad. I have used the marinade as a standby on the grill for everything . Kids and adults love it. I cook with my daughter and she loves to try the PW recipes!

  97. i love all of her recipes so its realy hard to pick one but the egg in the whole just loved the idea just the down home country cooking

  98. Love her cinnamon rolls!!! Love to share them with family and friends!

    I just pinned you on Pinterest!!!!

  99. I have many favorite. I can’t ever seem to make up my mind on just one. Sooooo I guess I’m going for the win with Ree’s Fried round stake dish. Yummmm

  100. Chicken pot pie is wonderful and her corn bread and her cinnamon rolls and roast beef and those wonderful sour cream pancakes….. 🙂

  101. My family and I really enjoyed your blackberry cake. All the recipes I have tried of yours we have enjoyed. I collect cookbook so this cookbook would be a nice addition. 😀

  102. My favorite recipe of ree’s was the wet first episode of the pioneer woman I ever watched. Her pot roast. Bc of her, I now can make a pot roast that my husband will actually eat! I saved the video too! Ty Ree!

  103. I love all her recipes! They are wholesome and not fussy at all 🙂 Ree makes an incredible fresh veggie pizza that is to die for!

  104. I don’t think there is one recipe I didn’t like but so far the chocolate sheet cake and iced coffee is the most awesome ones yet.

  105. Beautiful Rum Cake… Cannot wait to try.
    I have started following addapinch on Pinterest and cannot wait to dig into all the boards and re-pin.
    My fav PW recipe is her red velvet sheet cake.

  106. I know this sounds stupid but I had never made a patty melt till I watched Ree. They are now a family staple.

  107. I love Ree’s brisket recipe! Simple to make, few ingredients and set it in the oven for 6-7 hours on low heat! My kinda recipe! I also loved her brown sugar-oatmal cookies!

  108. I am a baker and love all her recipes but must say her blueberry cobbler and meatloaf recipes are my favorite.

  109. Great….another entry please….I subscribed to receive your email…love the website..great new recipies to try…thanks so much,,