Buttered Rum Pound Cake Recipe

Buttered Rum Pound Cake Recipe

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Just bowls, a whisk and spatula are needed to make this tender, buttery pound cake recipe. The batter is scented with orange, vanilla and dark rum. We absolutely love it served in slices with a big dollop of whipped cream. It is also lovely served with any juicy fruit, especially berries.

Pound Cake Recipe with Rum, Two Ways

Not only do we add strong, dark rum to the cake batter, it is also added to a syrup that gets sopped up by the cake just as it comes out of the oven. The syrup is simple to make — just water, sugar and rum.

Since the cake is warm, as you brush it all over with the syrup it soaks in the flavor and moisture of the syrup. That’s what really makes this pound cake recipe over the top.

Buttered Rum Pound Cake

We love the addition of rum, but you could certainly use your favorite liqueur — just make sure it is strong, otherwise the flavor will be lost. We’re thinking Grand Marnier or aged tequila would be a great alternatives.

Buttered Rum Pound CakeGold Medal FlourDisclosure: We’re sharing this in partnership with Gold Medal Flour. This recipe is part of an ongoing relationship with Gold Medal. Earlier this month, we shared our Fruit and Nut Chocolate Cookies Recipe.

For this pound cake recipe (and most things we bake in our kitchen), we used Gold Medal’s unbleached all-purpose flour. It’s a true work horse in our kitchen. If you’re in the market for a new bag of flour, give Gold Medal a whirl. We’ve never been disappointed.

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Buttered Rum Pound Cake Recipe
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This cake is very simple to make -- just bowls, a whisk and a spatula are necessary. The cake itself is sweetly flavored with orange, vanilla and dark rum. Then, just as the cake comes out of the oven, we drench it with rum syrup. Divine.
The rum used really needs to be dark and strong -- otherwise it gets lost. We use an 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan for this. If you are using a 9- x 5-inch pan, check for doneness 5 minutes before the baking time stated below.
Yield: 1 loaf, 8 slices
You Will Need
For the Cake
  • 1 1/3 cups (185 grams) all-purpose flour (we use Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose flour)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons (240 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 8 tablespoons (115 grams or 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
For the Rum Syrup:
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  1. Center a rack in the oven and heat to 350º F. Butter and flour an 8 1/2- x 4 1/2- x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Place the pan on an insulated baking sheet or on two regular baking sheets stacked on top of the other.
  2. Make Cake Batter: Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves together, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, rub the sugar and orange zest together until the sugar is moist and fragrant with the orange. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until blended then whisk in the cream and rum.
  4. Switch to a large rubber spatula. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, stirring gently until they disappear and the batter is smooth. Fold in the melted butter in 2 parts. The batter should be smooth and thick.Buttered-Rum-Pound-Cake-Recipe-Steps_1
  5. Bake Cake: Pour batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Make the rum syrup as soon as the cake goes into the oven.
  6. After 30 minutes in the oven, check the cake for color. If it looks like it is browning too quickly, loosely cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Make Rum Syrup: As soon as the cake goes into the oven, stir the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar melts, then bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rum. Transfer syrup to a heatproof bowl or cup and let cool.
  8. Finish Cake: When the cake is done, transfer it, in the pan, to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Unmold the cake and place right side up on the rack. Position the rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
  9. Using a toothpick or thin skewer, poke holes all over the cake. Brush the cake with the syrup. Do this slowly so the cake has a chance to absorb the syrup.Buttered-Rum-Pound-Cake-Recipe-Steps
  10. Cool the cake to room temperature, slice and serve. (We love adding a dollop of whipped cream. Fresh, juicy fruit is also nice).
Notes and Tips
We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.

Recipe inspired and tweeked from Dorie Greenspan's Rum-Drenched Vanilla Cakes. The recipe can be found in her incredible book: "Baking: From My Home to Yours" - we highly recommend it.

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7 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Isabelle December 4, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Hi, do you think I can bake this in mini loaf pans like a 5×3 loaf pan? So I can make them as giveaways for the holidays. Thanks!

    • Adam March 2, 2015, 2:37 pm

      You should be able to. The bake time will be a little less, though.

  • Suze January 19, 2014, 3:35 pm

    How long would you recommend the cake will last after baking it?

    • Joanne January 22, 2014, 10:06 am

      Once cooled and wrapped, the pound cake should last a few days at room temperature and a little longer in the refrigerator. (We like keeping it chilled in the refrigerator).

  • Julie December 17, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I want to make this but in mini loaf pans how would I adjust the cooking time????

    • Joanne December 18, 2013, 11:52 am

      HI Julie, We have not tried adapting this recipe to smaller pans, but mini-loaves tend to bake for about 30 minutes. (Depending on how “mini” your pans are, of course).

      Here’s what we suggest: Reduce the temperature by 25 degrees or so then bake a test loaf. Check for doneness around 20 minutes and go from there, checking with a toothpick every few minutes. Hope that helps!

  • Deb December 16, 2013, 3:02 pm

    This looks so delicious. Cloves and oranges were made for pound cake!


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