Almost Tortuga Rum Cake

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by Heart N Soul

Next best to the original! On our visit to the Caribbean, we brought home the best Rum Cake I've ever had.... in fact it's the very best of all cakes I've ever had!!! I then thought I'd send for some to be shipped to us and found the price to be $35 for the med. size ( I paid $18 on the Island) So my search for the recipe began! You can not purchase Tortuga Rum ANYWHERE except in the Caribbean - Whaler's Vanille Rum should be a close match. This next best copy-cat comes from Newsgroup

Top Review by Chef Bay

Delicious cake however, I found that we liked the glaze better with the rum cooked WITH the butter, water and sugar rather than adding it at the end. It gave the syrup a wonderful flavor. Adding the rum at the end just tasted too....raw. Thank you!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Basic Cake Mix: In a large mixing bowl, combine basic cake mix ingredients.
  2. On low speed combine ingredients until the mix is the consistency of fine gravel, and all particles are about the same size.
  3. This mix may be contained and stored for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
  4. For the Cake:.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  6. Spray a large Bundt pan (12 cup) with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts on the bottom.
  8. Place Basic Cake Mix, pudding mix, milk, eggs, rum, oil, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and combine on medium speed with electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes, scrape down the bowl halfway through.
  9. Batter should be very smooth.
  10. Pour into Bundt pan.
  11. Bake for about 55 minutes- until fully golden and tester comes out clean and cake springs back.
  12. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack while making the soaking glaze.
  13. Rum Soaking Glaze:.
  14. Combine butter, water and sugar in a small saucepan.
  15. Bring to a boil carefully as mixture boils over very easily.
  16. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar is dissolved and syrup is well combined and a little thicker.
  17. Remove from the heat and add the rum, mix to combine.
  18. While cake is still cooling, pour some of the hot syrup on top of the cake, allowing it time to soak in (this may take a few minutes as there will be a lot of syrup) continue to add syrup until all of the syrup is added.
  19. Allow cake to cool completerly in pan before turning out onto serving platter.
  20. This cake is delicate, so once it is turned out, it can not be moved around easily.
  21. Can be eaten when fully cool, but even better the next day!

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