Indulge in Our Delicious Banana Rum Cake Recipe Today

Rum cake is like a warm hug on a cold winter day. The sweet, buttery goodness combined with the rich, dark rum make for a stunning dessert that will surely leave your guests begging for more. And if you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for new ways to incorporate bananas into your baking. So why not whip up a batch of banana rum cake?

This recipe is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth and an adventurous spirit. The combination of mashed bananas and dark rum gives this cake a unique twist on the classic yellow cake. It’s moist, fluffy, and has just the right amount of boozy kick. Don’t let the long ingredient list deter you – once you taste this cake, you’ll understand why all those eggs and butter are necessary.

Not only is this cake delicious, but it’s also unbelievably easy to prepare. With just a few simple steps, you’ll be transported to the Caribbean in no time. And if you’re feeling creative, try switching out the dark rum for some coconut or spiced rum to give your dessert an extra punch.

So what are you waiting for? Opt for something different from your usual chocolate or vanilla cake and whip up a boozy twist on classic banana bread. Your taste buds won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Banana Rum Cake
Banana Rum Cake

Picture this: a fluffy, moist cake that’s infused with the distinctive flavor of bananas and dark rum. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you make my Banana Rum Cake recipe, and let me tell you – it is absolutely divine.

Why will you love this recipe? Let me give you three big reasons:

Firstly, it’s incredibly easy to make. Don’t be intimidated by the long ingredient list – most of these items are pantry staples that you might already have on hand. The cake itself is made from a yellow or vanilla cake mix, which streamlines the process considerably. All you need to do is whisk together a few more ingredients (like mashed bananas, dark rum, and pecans) and mix everything into the batter. No fuss, no muss.

Secondly, this cake has a rich, complex flavor profile that’s hard to resist. The combination of bananas and dark rum creates a tropical taste sensation that’s both sweet and indulgent. The pecans add a pleasant crunch to the cake, while the vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar give it a touch of elegance. You won’t believe how good it tastes until you try it for yourself!

Lastly, this cake is versatile enough to serve on any occasion. Bake it as a special treat for your family or friends, or bring it along to a potluck dinner. It would also be perfect for birthday parties or other celebrations where you want something that’s both delicious and visually stunning.

So there you have it – three great reasons why my Banana Rum Cake recipe is worth trying out. I promise that once you’ve tasted this unforgettable dessert, you’ll never go back to making boring old banana bread again!

Ingredient List

 The perfect combination of bananas and rum in a cake
The perfect combination of bananas and rum in a cake

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Yellow cake mix: 1 box.
  • Banana instant pudding: 1 box (approximately 3.4 oz).
  • Eggs: 2 large, at room temperature.
  • Dark rum: ⅔ cup, divided.
  • Butter: 1/2 cup unsalted (1 stick), softened.
  • Pecans: 1/2 cup, chopped and toasted.
  • Water: 1/3 cup.
  • Vanilla extract: 2 tsp, divided.
  • Baking soda: 1 tsp.
  • Bananas: 2 ripe, mashed (about 1 cup).
  • Confectioners’ sugar: 2 cups.

The ingredient list for this recipe calls for a few items that you may already have in your pantry or can easily find at your local grocery store. A yellow cake mix is combined with banana instant pudding to create the perfect base of a delicious banana rum cake. Two large eggs and unsalted butter provide richness and structure to the cake. The starring flavor of this recipe, dark rum, is used in both the cake batter and the glaze. Chopped pecans provide crunch and flavor to every bite, while water serves as a liquid component to bring everything together. A couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract and a teaspoon of baking soda round out the ingredient list to create a mouth-watering banana rum cake that is–needless to say–out of this world good!

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in a slice of tropical heaven
Indulge in a slice of tropical heaven

Now that we have all our ingredients set and ready, it is time to get baking! Follow these simple steps to make the delicious Banana Rum Cake:

Step 1: Preheat The Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). This will ensure that your cake cooks evenly and perfectly.

Step 2: Mix The Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of yellow cake mix and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the two ingredients together until they are evenly mixed.

Step 3: Mix The Wet Ingredients

In another mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup of unsalted butter and 2/3 cup of dark rum. Add in 2 large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then, add in 2 tsp of vanilla extract and 4 mashed bananas, mixing them in until everything is fully combined.

Step 4: Combine Wet And Dry Ingredients

Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients’ mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix on medium speed until everything is well combined.

Step 5: Prepare The Bundt Pan

Butter or spray a bundt pan thoroughly to avoid sticking to the pan during cooking. Sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts on the bottom of the bundt pan.

Step 6: Bake The Cake

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and smooth out its surface. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

Step 7: Let The Cake Cool And Add Some More Rum!

Once done, remove from oven and let it cool for about 10-15 minutes before removing it from the tail end up-turning it onto a plate. Now that your cake is ready, pour some extra rum over it while still warm to infuse additional flavor—few tablespoons here will surely do wonders!

Follow these steps, and you’ll achieve terrific results with this banana rum cake recipe every time!

Substitutions and Variations

 A mouthwatering dessert that will make your taste buds dance
A mouthwatering dessert that will make your taste buds dance

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are a few ways to put your own twist on this banana rum cake recipe. Here are some ideas to get you started:

– Coconut Rum: For a tropical twist, try swapping out the dark rum for coconut rum. This will add a subtle coconut flavor to the cake that pairs perfectly with the mashed bananas.

– Yellow Cake Mix: If you don’t want to make the cake from scratch, yellow cake mix is a great substitute. Just follow the package instructions and add in mashed bananas and dark rum for a quick and easy banana rum cake.

– Upside Down Cake: For a show-stopping dessert, try making an upside-down version of this cake. Add sliced bananas and pecans to the bottom of the pan before pouring in the batter. Once it’s cooked, flip it over onto a platter so that the bananas and pecans are on top.

– Buttered Rum Glaze: To take this cake to the next level, drizzle on a buttered rum glaze after it comes out of the oven. Simply heat up some butter, dark rum, and confectioners’ sugar in a saucepan until it reaches a thick and creamy consistency. Pour it over the warm cake and let it soak in before serving.

– Jamaican Rum: For an extra hit of flavor, try using Jamaican rum in place of dark rum. This variety has a distinct spicy flavor that adds depth to the cake.

No matter how you decide to make this banana rum cake recipe your own, one thing is for sure – it’s going to be delicious!

Serving and Pairing

 The aroma of bananas and rum lingers in the air
The aroma of bananas and rum lingers in the air

After you’ve managed to create this heavenly Banana Rum Cake, the next step is to serve and enjoy it. One of the best things about this cake is its versatility when it comes to serving. You can serve it on its own or dress it up with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream to enhance the flavors further.

This cake recipe pairs well with a hot cup of coffee or tea, which helps bring out the unique blend of flavors hidden within. If you want a real kick, try pairing with dark rum or coconut rum for an added twist that will leave your taste buds tingling with pleasure.

Another exciting way to serve this recipe is by serving it alongside some fresh fruit salad or other desserts, as the warm banana rum flavor complements a wide range of fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, among others.

This banana rum cake recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a family gathering, a birthday party or even just a lazy weekend afternoon snack. It’s quick, easy to make and guaranteed to bring happiness into your life with each bite you take.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A cake that is sure to impress your guests
A cake that is sure to impress your guests

Listen up, folks! If you’re planning to make this mouthwatering banana rum cake, then it’s best to know how to prepare ahead of time, store properly and reheat it perfectly. Trust me; it’s a recipe that is worth making!

First things first; when you’ve baked the cake to your satisfaction and let it cool, storing it beforehand can be a good idea. Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered. You can wrap the banana rum cake in plastic wrap or put it in an airtight container with a lid. Keep it at room temperature for up to three days.

But if you want to store the dessert for longer than that, freezing is the way to go. The banana rum cake freezes beautifully and stays moist and flavorful for weeks.

For freezing purposes, cover it with plastic wrap and freezer-friendly packaging before popping it into the freezer. It can stay frozen for up to two months.

When the craving hits again for this sensational dessert, take out the cake from the freezer and defrost it overnight in the refrigerator.

If you need to reheat this delicious treat in smaller servings, cut slice by slice horizantally & vertically then with a fork pierce lightly over each piece but not too hard that flakes fall off. Heat slices of cake at medium power until warm and soft inside on microwave applications or place slices on top of aluminum foil on a baking sheet; heat in oven/microwave preheated 325-degree oven/microwave for about 10-12 minutes or wait until heated all the way through according to your preference.

So there you have it – no more throwing away those uneaten cakes! Bank on these tips I just gave you on making ahead, storing properly, and reheating your banana rum cake like a pro.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Make any occasion special with this delicious cake
Make any occasion special with this delicious cake

As a chef, I know that the success of any recipe relies not only on the quality and quantity of its ingredients but also on proper techniques and tips. In this section, I will share with you some useful tips for making a delicious Banana Rum Cake that will leave your guests asking for more.

Firstly, when baking the cake, make sure to set your oven at the temperature recommended in the recipe. Preheat the oven in advance, so it reaches the desired temperature by the time you put in the cake. This step is crucial because it helps achieve even cooking and prevent under or overbaking.

Secondly, before adding eggs, make sure they are at room temperature. Eggs at room temperature combine better with other ingredients and have more volume, resulting in a fluffier texture for your cake.

Thirdly, to give your Banana Rum Cake a more intense rum flavor, try soaking the pecans you’ll be using in dark rum overnight before putting them in the batter. Additionally, use dark rum instead of light rum for a richer and bolder flavor.

Fourthly and most importantly, make sure to let the cake cool completely before adding any icing or sprinkling confectioners’ sugar on top. Covering a warm cake can trap moisture and cause it to become dense and mushy.

Lastly, if you wish to add a creative touch to your Banana Rum Cake presentation, try slicing bananas lengthwise and arranging them on top of the cake before serving. You can also sprinkle some chopped pecans or grated coconut to give it extra crunchiness.

By following these tips, you’ll successfully bake a Banana Rum Cake that will impress your family and guests with its irresistible aroma and taste.


As we approach the end of this banana rum cake recipe, you may have some questions about the recipe that you want answers to. To address them, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions, covering everything from ingredient swaps to storage tips. Keep reading for all the answers you need to create a show-stopping rum cake that’s sure to impress your guests.

Does the alcohol in rum cake cook out?

When it comes to Rum Cake, there may be some confusion about its alcohol content. This is because while the cake and sauce both contain rum, a significant portion of the alcohol evaporates during the cooking and heating process. However, it is not entirely accurate to claim that all of the alcohol cooks off completely. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of the potential alcohol content when serving this dessert.

Can rum be substituted for water in cake mix?

Using alcohol in baking can enhance the taste, texture and structure of various baked treats. It can even modify the overall consistency. For instance, when preparing pie crusts, incorporating a bit of bourbon, rum, port or vodka yields a remarkably flaky crust with reduced gluten compared to using water. This principle applies to tarts and shortbread crusts as well. As a seasoned chef, I can attest to the wonders of using alcohol in baking. Its impact is subtle, but it adds an extra touch of refinement to your pastries and confections.

How do you make Nigella banana cake?

To start off, preheat the oven to a temperature of 180ºC/360ºF and prepare a large cake or loaf tin by greasing and lining it. Moving on to the recipe, begin by creaming together the butter, sugar, and a hint of vanilla essence. Then, gently incorporate eggs, milk, mashed bananas, and chopped walnuts. Finally, add the self-rising flour, stirring well after each addition. Once the batter has come together, pour it into the prepared tin and bake it for approximately 45 minutes.

Can you get a buzz from rum cake?

When it comes to rum cake, the amount of alcohol used in the batter is typically not enough to get you drunk, even if you have a few slices. However, if you add more rum to the cake after baking and let it soak in, then consuming excessive amounts of the cake can lead to some level of intoxication. This is especially true if the cake has been refrigerated, as the cold temperature can enhance the effects of the alcohol.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this banana rum cake recipe is the perfect dessert for any occasion. Its rich and delicious flavor will leave a lasting impression on your guests, making them crave for more. With its easy-to-follow instructions and simple ingredients, anyone can make it at home. So why not impress your friends and family with this mouthwatering cake! Try it out today and let the flavors of dark rum and mashed bananas take you on a sweet journey. Whether it’s a birthday celebration, a holiday party or just an after-dinner treat, this cake is sure to make your day extra special. Don’t miss out on this amazing recipe – give it a go and enjoy the taste of paradise in every bite!

Banana Rum Cake

Banana Rum Cake Recipe

From All Recipes. Uses a yellow cake mix.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Caribbean
Calories 433.9 kcal


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup dark rum
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, baking soda, rum, water, eggs, bananas and nuts. Bring together, then beat on medium speed 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Divide into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • For the frosting: Combine 1/3 cup butter or margarine with the confectioners sugar. Blend thoroughly. Stir in vanilla and 2 tablespoons rum. Beat until smooth.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 138gCalories: 433.9kcalCarbohydrates: 68.4gProtein: 3.5gFat: 13.2gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 49.7mgSodium: 358.4mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 50.6g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Fruit, healthy, Low Protein, Tropical
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