Friday, 15 March 2013

Bahamian Rum Cake

Ever since our recent trip to the Caribbean, we have become obsessed with finding the perfect rum cake recipe. The teeny tiny samples we tasted in Cozumel on the way back were decadent  and we brought back a tiny pina colada flavored cake which didn’t last more than a day once we opened it. It was fabulous. I decided to scout out some recipes online so I could attempt to recreate the goodness. I ended up combining three different recipes into this one. I think it turned out even better than our sample cake.
Bahamian Rum Cake
3 cups flour
½  teaspoon baking powder
½  teaspoon baking soda
¾  teaspoon salt
¼  teaspoon  nutmeg
1 c  butter, at room temp
2 c granulated sugar
3 large eggs, at room temp
2 large egg yolks, at room temp
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
¾  cup (180 mL) canned Thai coconut milk
1/4 cup crushed pineapple – strained
In a small bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg together. Set aside.
In large bowl cream together sugars and butter until creamy and fluffy.
Add in eggs, egg yolks and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Add flour (in thirds) alternating with the coconut milk (ending with flour) until well blended.
Fold in crushed pineapple.
Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake at 350F for 55-60 min.
While the cake is baking make the rum mixture by mixing the remaining coconut milk in the can (approx 3/4 of a cup) with 6 tbsp of sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved  Do NOT allow it to boil. Add in 1/2 cup of rum and set aside.
When cake is out of the oven immediately poke holes in it without removing it from the pan. (Make sure you add enough holes so that the rum mixture is spread throughout the cake.) Pour 2/3 of the rum mixture slowly over the cake and allow it to sit in the pan until it is cool, and the rum mixture has soaked in.
When it is cool, turn the cake out on to a plate, and brush the remaining rum mixture over the top and sides of the cake until it is completely absorbed.
Top with the glaze (recipe below).
Coconut Rum Glaze
1/2 cup coconut
4 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup dark rum
1/2 cup brown sugar
Toast 1/2 cup of fresh sweet coconut in non-stick pan – watch it carefully. Remove the coconut from the pan and set it aside in a bowl. In the same non-stick pan, melt 4 tbsp of butter. Add in the rum, and brown sugar and cook until it begins to thicken – this will not take long. Toss the coconut back in, and pour the glaze over the top of the cake.


  1. Which flour is preferred regular or cake and should it be sifted? Also would it matter if I use Thai or Hawaiian Coconut milk? Because I have Hawaiian Coconut milk on hand!

  2. Hello Amy, I didn't sift my flour, and I used all purpose. I think Hawaiian coconut milk would be fine. Enjoy!

  3. Do you have a print feature?

  4. Maria - there is a print link on the same recipe located here: