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coconut rum bundt cake on a red and white floral cake stand with icing drizzle

Coconut Rum Cake

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Coconut Rum Cake is a special dessert for holidays and celebrations. Enjoy with your adult family and friends...and let the fun begin!




  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 box (18 oz) vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut rum
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut rum



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan, then crumble nuts into bottom.
  3. In a mixing bowl, blend together dry cake mix (just use the dry mix without adding any ingredients listed on the box), dry vanilla pudding, coconut rum, water, oil and eggs.  
  4. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed, then stir in coconut.  
  5. Pour batter into bundt pan and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
  6. Remove cake from oven, then use a fork to poke holes in top of cake.
  7. Immediately pour half of glaze onto cake and cool cake for 1 hour.
  8. Invert cake onto cake stand or serving plate.  Tap bottom of bundt pan with knife a few times and cake should pop out.
  9. Drizzle the other half of the glaze on the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan, then add sugar and water.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and add rum, stirring well.
  4. Pour half of glaze over hot cake, then allow to cool.  Pour other half of glaze over cake once it has been inverted onto a cake plate.


Sprinkle entire cake with more flaked coconut as a garnish if desired.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Coconut Rum Cake contains alcohol and is intended for adults age 21 or over. 

  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mixer
  • Cuisine: American

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