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Lisa’s Mom’s Rum Cake

Mom's Rum Cake

Lisa’s father’s favorite dessert was her mother’s Rum Cake. He was forever asking her when she was making it again! Those of us who are Italian-American know that we have a strange love affair with rum. It mysteriously appears in a number of our desserts! (And there is, of course, the famous Baba Rum from Naples….) In this cake, the rum renders the dessert moist, irresistible and, once again, offers a memorable way to end Sunday Dinner. Watch Lisa make it (and remember her parents!) on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel here. Buon Appetito e Tutti a Tavola!

My Mom’s Rum Cake Ingredients:

Mom's Rum Cake

1 cup chopped pecans

1 Duncan Hines Butter Yellow Cake Mix (18 oz)

1 box vanilla pudding (3.35 oz)

1/2 cup light rum

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup butter

4 eggs


1 1/4 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup rum

1/4 cup water

My Mom’s Rum Cake Directions:

Grease the bundt pan and flour. Sprinkle pecans on the bottom, toss dry ingredients together (cake mix and pudding) and next add 4 ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

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Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Add rum and water. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Poke holes in the cake with a toothpick. Pour the glaze over the cake and let it stand for 30 minutes.

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  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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