Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

My Mom used to make this for me when I was a child, as it was my favorite cake. As I grew and became more kitchen savvy, she taught me how to make this cake. It still remains my favorite today and has become a favorite for those who I have made it for.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Utilizing the water, vegetable oil and eggs, prepare cake in 2 eight, or 2 nine inch, cake pans according to package directions. Completely cool on wire racks.
  2. Prepare the rum syrup by placing the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Cool and stir in the rum.
  3. In a bowl, stir dry pudding mix into crushed pineapple and its juice. Gently fold Cool Whip into the pineapple mixture with a rubber spatula.
  4. Use a long serrated knife to cut the cake layer into two horizontal layers and moisten both sides with up to one half of the rum syrup. Spread the layers with a thin layer of the apricot preserves.
  5. Reassemble the two cut layers and place them on a cake plate. Top with 1 cup of the frosting.
  6. Repeat the rum syrup and apricot preserve process with the second cut cake layer and place it on top of the frosted bottom layer. Frost sides of cake lightly then top cake with remaining frosting mixture.
  7. If desired, garnish cake with pineapple slices or chunks and maraschino cherries taking care to drain them and dry them off on paper towels before adding them to the cake.
  8. Chill until serving time and store leftovers in refrigerator.


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Oops! I forgot to star my review. This is definitely a 5-star recipe!

camelidsr4me January 09, 2011

I have to tell you. This is a fantastic cake. My son likes only chocolate cake and he even loved this cake. It is so moist, love the simple syrup rum and apricot preserves with the pineapple. After I made the Pineapple Rum Cake, I tried it with a choco cake mix, choco pudding and added toffee bits to the frosting. For the simple syrup I used Kahula and for the preserves I used hot fudge. Another great cake. I can't wait to try a different one next. Thanks for the great recipe!!!!!

CookinKaren1 June 27, 2010

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