I’m so excited so share with you what has taken years in progress to come to a reality in my kitchen: Tropical Rum Cake.
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My mama started making me rum cakes since my 21st birthday and I’ve always loved them ever since. She makes one for me every single year for my birthday to this day!
In my early 30s I asked her for her recipe because I wanted to make one for a friend. Apparently the recipe came from my Nana and she told me all about eating rum cakes at her house before I was born. Warm fuzzies! 🙂
So I’m a little of a rebel when it comes to recipes and like to change them up to make them my own. Over the years I’ve given this recipe a tropical flare… I started out by adding coconut to the batter…. then added banana cream pudding instead of vanilla… then used spiced rum instead of regular rum… it goes on and on. And now I finally get to share it with you.
Not to say that the original version isn’t awesome (it is!). This is just my spin on a traditional rum cake that I think would be perfect for any holiday or birthday for people who love tropical flavors.
I would not consider this a kid-friendly cake by any means… because I marinate maraschino cherries and green grapes (for garnish) in spiced rum while I’m preparing everything, so please keep that in mind. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do! 🙂Print