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5 from 30 votes

Coconut Rum Cake

This Coconut Rum Cake adds even more Caribbean flavor to the classic cake recipe with the sweet infusion of coconut and a buttery glaze.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 297kcal




  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum
  • 1/4 cup Appleton Special Rum


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. Sprinkle the shredded coconut evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  • Sift the cake mix and pudding mix into a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add in the eggs, water, oil, and rums and beat until fully incorporated. Pour batter over the coconut in the pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until a cake tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  • During the last 10 minutes or so that the cake is baking, prepare the glaze. In a saucepan, combine the butter, water, and sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the rum.
  • Use a skewer to poke holes all over the bottom of the cake while in the pan, then pour the glaze all over the cake while both are still hot. Be careful not to let it overflow the pan.
  • Let the cake cool and soak for at least 2 hours before removing from the pan. DO NOT refrigerate. After the cake has cooled, use a small rubber spatula to loosen it from the sides of the pan, then gently flip it onto a serving dish and remove it from the pan. Be patient and let gravity do it's thing, the cake is a little sticky and is slow to come out.
  • Once plated, leave plain, dust with powdered sugar, or top with icing and toasted coconut if desired.



  • I prefer making this cake with three different kinds of rum because I think it adds a wonderful flavor dynamic. If you can't find Appleton Special Rum, you can use another gold rum, dark rum, or ALL coconut rum. However, I recommend keeping the dark rum in the cake batter itself.
  • I don't recommend spiced rum as it tends to overpower the coconut.
  • If you want an even stronger coconut flavor, add 1 teaspoon of coconut flavoring.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg