Rum Cake

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In December, my grandfather passed away.  He lived 92 very full years and was surrounded by family and good friends.   I’m so grateful that my son had the opportunity to spend so much quality time with him.  I know that he has many fond memories of his Pop Pop, as do I.

Now, If you’ve read my About page, you’ll know that I’m self proclaimed recipe hoarder.  Somehow, someway I end up walking away from every gathering, trip to the grocery store, dentist or salon with recipes.  Sometimes they are scribbled on the backs of envelopes, on paper plates or in my check book.  Sometimes, they aren’t even recipes – just a list of ingredients.  And, if I’m lucky, I even score bona fide recipe cards – complete with a recipe!

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with all of this.  Well, my grandfather’s wake was no different from most other functions I’m at.  Here I was, standing between my mother and my sister in the receiving line (I’m not even sure if that’s what you call it at a wake), when one of my parent’s friends comes through.  And, wouldn’t you know it…he hands me a recipe card with his wife’s Rum Cake recipe!  

The recipe wasn’t unsolicited.  He’s not some guy that goes around handing out recipe cards at wakes.  I had a slice of his wife’s Rum Cake a few months prior and asked him for the recipe.  He promised to get it for me and then I hadn’t seen him for a while.  Until the wake.

So, here I was collecting recipes at a wake.  That’s definitely a first for me.  In any case, this Rum Cake is A-MAZING!  It’s extremely moist and very rummy!  Not runny.  Rummy.  It’s most definitely a keeper!  Thank you, Mrs. Konasavage, for sharing your recipe with me!

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11 thoughts on “Rum Cake”

  1. Thank you for this recipe. I tried it today. I usually always put a little bit of my own twist on things — to make it personalized. I did swap out eggnog for the water in the cake ingredients, and added some fresh ground nutmeg and vanilla. Other than that, I followed your recipe. The cake is fabulous. 5 stars — a keeper — will make frequently. Debra

  2. I stumbled upon your website through Tasty Kitchen, and I just realized that this recipe of yours is nearly *identical* to the BEST rum cake I have ever had, from when I went sailing in St. Thomas a few years back. I have been meaning to make this cake…and you just reminded me to get on it already =) So, thank you! And to all of you contemplating making this cake…DO IT. You won’t regret it!

  3. Christina, your story made me chuckle! My question is, since the cake is still in the pan when you pour the glaze over it, are you actually pouring the gaze on the bottom of the cake? It sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

    • Glad it made you smile! 🙂 Yes, you pour the glaze over the “bottom” of the cake. It takes a bit for it all to soak in. Enjoy! 🙂


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