This is absolutely delicious! I used the apple juice instead of the rum because I had some in the house and it may have been a bit overly sweet for me (and I love sweet so that's saying a lot). Even with a kid in the house I think next time I will make a trip to buy the rum and see how that changes the recipe. My sauce thickened a bit upon standing so next time I will wait until it cools slighty before I drizzle the cake with it. The dates make the cake so moist and add a delicous flavor and if you didn't know what was in it you may not be able to guess the ingredient! My 7 year old ate his piece in a matter of seconds and came back in the kitchen to let me know how much he like it. Will definitely make again!