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Rum cake with limoncello



We don’t keep dark rum in the house but, often, there is an open bottle of light rum in the fridge for making mojito which we love. The bottle of Bacardi in the fridge caught my eye one day and I thought I’d bake a rum cake.

Rum cake with limoncello |

Dark rum is traditionally used for making rum cake as it results in a deeper and more attractive color. Dark rum is also more fully bodied. There is no reason, however, why light rum — sweeter and less bitter — cannot be substituted.

Limoncello is a liqueur made from lemon zest but sans lemon juice. It is sweet and lemony and really delicious.

This recipe yields an eight-inch cake which I baked in an eight-inch silicone Bundt pan. If using a regular Bundt pan, you will need to grease and flour it. If you don’t have a Bundt pan, use a tube pan instead. I have no idea if the cake will bake properly in a round, square or rectangular pan.

This rum cake with limoncello was a collaboration with my two daughters. Sam took the photos of the entire procedure; Alex did most of the mixing. I love school breaks!

Rum cake with limoncello

This is a butter cake poked and soaked with rum and limoncello. As butter cakes go, the process starts with creaming the butter and sugar. Then, the eggs are mixed in.

Rum cake with limoncello

Next come the flour and cream, added alternately.

The vanilla extract is poured in and the mixed rum and limoncello.

Rum cake with limoncello

The batter is mixed again then poured into the baking pan.

Rum cake with limoncello

When the cake is done, the syrup made with melted butter, sugar, rum and limoncello is prepared.

Rum cake with limoncello

The cake is poked with a skewer and the syrup is poured in.

Rum cake with limoncello

After the rum cake with limoncello has chilled, it is ready to serve.

Rum cake with limoncello

Rum cake with limoncello

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10
Author: Connie Veneracion


  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • 1/8 cup limoncello
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

For the syrup:

  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • 1/4 cup limoncello
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  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Have the rum and limoncello at room temperature.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest.
  • In a liquid measuring cup, pour the required amount of rum and limoncello. You can measure the rum and limoncello separately; I saw no reason to do so since they would be added to the batter at the same time anyway.
  • To the softened butter, add the sugar. Cream the butter and sugar until light in texture. Use a wire whisk or an electric mixer.
  • To the creamed mixture, add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Add the flour mixture and cream alternately, mixing after each addition, starting and ending with the flour.
  • Pour in the vanilla essence and stir to incorporate.
  • Finally, add the combined rum and limoncello. Mix until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula to get all the batter into the pan.
  • Run the spatula on top of the batter to level it as much as possible.
  • Bake at 350F for an hour.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for about 20 minutes. While still warm, using a skewer, liberally pierce the cake in several places all the way to the bottom.
  • Mix the syrup ingredients together.
  • Pour the syrup over the cake little by little, making sure that each hole catches some of it.
  • Allow the cake to cool some more then chill in the fridge overnight.
  • Invert the rum cake with limoncello on a plate, dust with powdered sugar, slice and serve.
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