Christmas Rum Cake

We sing Happy Birthday to Jesus every Christmas and this is His birthday cake!

Growing up my mom made a wine cake that was similar to this recipe, and we loved that one too.  I’m not sure why we all love alcohol in cake so much, but let me tell ya, it makes an unbelievably moist, flavorful, and unique dessert.

My sister and I, who are normally self controlled eaters, pretty much want to smash our faces in this every Christmas.  It’s that good.

Happy Birthday Jesus! Here’s your Rum Cake!



Christmas Rum Cake


  • 1 18 ½ oz. package yellow cake mix
  • 1 3 ¾ oz. package yellow instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ c. cold water
  • ½ c. oil
  • ½ c. Dark Rum (80 proof)
  • Glaze:
  • ¼ lb. butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup Dark Rum (80 proof)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube or 12-inch bundt pan.
  2. Mix the 6 cake ingredients together and pour into the pan. Bake 1 hour and cool.
  3. Invert on a serving plate. **Note: grease the pan very well so the cake will come out cleanly.
  4. Glaze: Melt the butter in a saucepan; stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum. Prick the cake all over with a thin toothpick or skewer.
  6. Drizzle the glaze evenly over the top and sides, allowing the cake to absorb the glaze. Repeat until all of the glaze is used up.
  7. Optional: Top with a seasonal treat: crushed candy canes, candy hearts, cinnamon/sugar/pumpkin pie spice, etc.


16 comments… add one
  • Kim Peterson January 20, 2012, 12:41 am

    Krista, I love your site and check it every once in a while for great idea. Thanks.

  • Nancy January 20, 2012, 12:45 am

    Congratulations Krista.

  • KO January 20, 2012, 2:15 am

    Love, love, love your blog!!!

  • Martin Fentress January 20, 2012, 2:23 am

    Hey good luck with the blog and thanks for the Recipe, Since my wife had her affair and left she took all the good receipes

  • Terry January 20, 2012, 2:34 am

    I get so excited to read your posts! Can’t wait to make the rum cake – I have the perfect occasion in mind!

  • Mara Thompson January 20, 2012, 2:57 am

    Liked and shared…. copying and pasting your recipe to my files!

  • Krisi Sonneland January 20, 2012, 3:52 am

    Krista! You are amazing friend! I actually have been looking for a great rum cake recipe to surprise Andy with… and here it is. I will make it for him for valentine’s day I think. Love to you all!

  • Angie Phillips January 20, 2012, 5:44 am


  • Darcy McMurray January 20, 2012, 3:34 pm

    this blog inspires me to live more intentionally!

  • Ronda Westcott January 20, 2012, 7:11 pm

    Gonna try making this to celebrate the snow this weekend!! Thank you:)

  • Becky Boifeuillet January 21, 2012, 7:04 pm

    I knew I would find something to brighten this grey day! RUM CAKE!!

  • Melanie Smith January 21, 2012, 7:45 pm

    This looks yummy Krista! Shared it on facebook too!! xo

  • Tracy January 21, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Sounds delicious….as is everything you make. Still make the Chicken Marbella and love it! Posted on Facebook :).

  • Megan Henkle January 22, 2012, 6:18 am

    Thanks for the recipe, the cinnamon rolls you made for Celeste were delish!!!!!:)

  • Heidi January 22, 2012, 5:36 pm

    I LOVE RUM CAKE! Can’t wait to try your recipe. Made sure to share on Facebook!

  • Gweynn Archer January 23, 2012, 8:25 am

    Sister, as always you rock! Thanks for all of your great ideas! Be sure to read my “SHARE” of you on my wall 🙂

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