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Tortuga Rum Cake

Prep Time:15 Minutes
Cook Time:20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

This delicious cake is moist, fluffy and delicious.


  • For the Cake:
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped black walnuts
  • 1 package vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut rum
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Rum Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut rum


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. On low speed combine ingredients until the mix is the consistency of fine gravel, and all particles are about the same size.
  • 2. Preheat the EGG to 325º using indirect heat. Spray muffin cups with pan spray or line with cups.
  • 3. Place cake batter, pudding mix, milk, eggs, rum, oil, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and combine on medium speed with electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes, scrape down the bowl halfway through. Batter should be very smooth.
  • 4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until fully golden and tester comes out clean and cake springs back.
  • 5. Remove from the grill and place on a cooling rack while making the soaking glaze.
  • 6. For the Rum Soaking Glaze: Combine butter, water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil carefully as mixture boils over very easily.
  • 7. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar is dissolved and syrup is well combined and a little thicker.
  • 8. Remove from the heat and add the rum, mix to combine. While cake is still cooling, pour some of the hot syrup on top of the cake, allowing it time to soak in (this may take a few minutes as there will be a lot of syrup) continue to add syrup until all of the syrup is added.
  • 9. Allow cake to cool completerly in pan before turning out onto serving platter. This cake is delicate, so once it is turned out, it can not be moved around easily. Serve and enjoy!

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