When my friends found out I was writing this cookbook, several asked if Mami’s rum cake would be in it. And so it is. Her recipe uses a boxed cake mix. I highly recommend this recipe if you need to make something quickly and easily or aren’t very comfortable baking. It’s perfectly balanced and is my favorite cake to this day. But in homage to Mami, I’ve adapted her recipe to give it a little more depth, and that version is also in the book. Special thanks to chef, friend, and mentor Kathy Gunst for her help adapting this recipe.
Mami’s Bizcocho de Ron (Mami’s Rum Cake)
For the cake
- Canola oil cooking spray
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 1 box butter-flavor cake mix
- 1 (3.4 ounce box) instant vanilla pudding mix
- Unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup white rum
For the Rum Syrup
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar,
- 1/2 cup white rum
- 1/4 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a Bundt pan with cooking spray and sprinkle in the walnuts.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, combine the cake mix and pudding mix, then add the butter and eggs as directed by the instructions on the cake mix box. Add 1/4 cup of the rum. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes.
- Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and level it with a spatula.
- Bake for 33 to 35 minutes, until the cake is pale golden in color, slightly risen, and a toothpick or cake skewer comes out clean when poked in the center of the cake.
- Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, make the rum glaze: Combine all the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, until the sugar is fully dissolved and the glaze thickens just slightly.
- While the cake is still warm, poke holes throughout the cake using the same toothpick or skewer you used to test the cake for doneness. Pour the hot glaze on top; don’t worry if the cake doesn’t take in the glaze immediately. It takes at least 10 minutes for the glaze to be absorbed.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and allow to soak for at least 3 hours or overnight. Invert onto a plate, then slice and serve.