Kitchen Christmas Decor

Holiday Spiced Rum Cake

Growing up, the best place to hang out during the Christmas season was in the kitchen. I hope you will love my Holiday Spiced Rum Cake as much as I do. This recipe reminds me of those wonderful times watching my mother bake when I was a little girl.

I used my mom’s rum cake recipe substituting brown sugar for white sugar and added cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. For a bit of nuttiness I added finely chopped pecans. Last, I substituted Captain Morgan Spiced Rum for light rum. Very yummy!




Holiday Spiced Rum Cake | Thistle Key Lane


Holiday Spiced Rum Cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1-1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/3 Cup Fine Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp Rum Extract
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk

Pre-heat oven to 350º F. Prepare bunt pan with butter. Combine all dry ingredients and set aside. Cream the butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla extract and rum extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat at medium speed  2-3 minutes with a hand or stand mixer. Start adding the dry ingredients a little at a time alternating and ending with the buttermilk.

Transfer to the prepared bunt pan and bake for about 60 minutes. Once the cake has baked, remove from oven. Immediately pour the spiced rum sauce over the cake.  Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan.

Spiced Rum Sauce

  • 1 Cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/3 Cup Spiced Rum or 2 Tbs Rum Extract

Combine sugar and water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the spiced rum. Set aside to cool while the cake is baking.

For a beautiful presentation, lightly dust with powdered sugar.


Holiday Spiced Rum Cake | Thistle Key Lane


My Holiday Spice Rum Cake can be the perfect ending to any meal or all by itself.


Holiday Spiced Rum Cake | Thistle Key Lane


For a festive touch, I embellished the Spiced Rum Cake with blueberries and whipped cream sprinkled with nutmeg.


Holiday Spiced Rum Cake | Thistle Key Lane


I decided this year to keep the Christmas kitchen decorating to a minimum because I need a wee bit more elbow room for baking and cooking. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without my grandmother’s santa cake mold, and the sweet santa mugs on the counter.


Kitchen Christmas Decor


Kitchen Christmas Decor


Kitchen Christmas Decor


Have a holly jolly Christmas and a cup of…



©Holiday Spiced Rum Cake was first published on Thistle Key Lane™


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