Rum Pound Cake

"This recipe is from Paula Deen's magazine called Holiday Baking. This cake looked so good I couldn't wait until the holidays to make it. It was amazing! If you want to try a really nice rum for this cake, if it's available in your area (also good in eggnog) try Captain Morgan's Private Stock. It is a rum with added spices, very nice. I made the glaze with this also. I halved that recipe and it was plenty. The serving size of this depends on how big a slice you cut :) Salt is not listed as an ingredient because I use salted butter but if you use unsalted butter or just want this cake saltier add 1/2 tsp salt."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Preheat oven to 325°F Grease entire 12-cup tube pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
  • In a small bowl, combine milk, rum and vanilla.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle evenly with chopped pecans.
  • Bake 1 hour and 10-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes clean.
  • Pierce top of cake 8-10 times with a thin skewer. Pour Rum Glaze over hot cake.
  • Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, invert onto wire rack and let cool completely. Serve cake pecan side up.
  • Rum Glaze:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Questions & Replies

  1. Ca rum flavoring be used instead of alcoholic rum? If so, how much would you suggest?
  2. Will it taste alright if you omit the rum glaze?
  3. It is quite a big cake.I use a tube pan,I think it's 12 cup,a bundt pan may not cut it if it's a smaller size.
  4. Can I make this in a regular bundt pan or will it rise too high?


  1. This is HANDS DOWN the BEST pound cake I've had in my life!
    • Review photo by Kerilynn K.
  2. Turned out perfectly. Lovely crumb. High rise but still dense and tender. Rum not overwhelming. Perfect.
  3. Very moist, full of flavor. Will be making this again.
  4. We've tried this twice. Awesome!
  5. This is a great basic lighter pound cake recipe. I make Paula Deen's Mama's pound cake (the bomb) with the same tweaks I found more to our liking. I cut the sugar back to 2.5 cups, I only use 4 eggs, and I cut the rum drizzle back to 3/4 cup of sugar. I toast a liberal 1/2 cup of pecans (5 minutes in a 350 degree oven) and then chop. Use a little flour on your nuts and add right to the batter before baking. Honestly you won't miss the sugar!! Cutting back on the egg also takes away any custardy taste which I find not too appealing. Cake still rises and since I use a regular bundt pan it gives me a little extra batter to make a smaller loaf pan cake to give away! I also think if you are a true rum fan you may want to add a little extra rum. I like the amount already in the recipe. I lick the bowl and spoon savoring it for myself with rum taste..yummm. I know many people think why say you like th e original recipe if you make the tweaks but as I noted in the beginning it is a great basic recipe! Enjoy and tweak away!


  1. I used pineapple liqueur we bought in Cuba and coconut extract. It's quite simply amazing! I will DEFINITELY make this again!


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