Rum Cake with Honey Glaze

This glaze is only slightly cooked—not enough to burn off the alcohol. For a non-alcoholic version, substitute 1⁄2 cup of fruit juice with a teaspoon of rum extract for the rum.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1 lb. butter, softened
  • 2 1⁄2 cups brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup honey


  • In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars. Beat with a mixer on medium speed until butter is creamy and sugar is blended.
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat until mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add 1⁄2 the flour the mixture, beat until blended. Add the milk and the remaining flour. Mix well. Add 2 tablespoons of rum to the batter and beat to incorporate.
  • Pour batter into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 350ºF for 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn onto a serving plate. Let cool completely.
  • Warm honey in a saucepan. Stir in remaining rum and cook over low heat until just warmed. With a skewer, poke holes all over the top of the cake. Slowly pour honey-rum glaze over the top of the cake, allowing as much as possible to soak into the cake.