Classic chocolate Bacardi rum cake recipe from the 1970s, remade for today with step-by-step photos

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Are you a fan of rum cake? If so, you may be familiar with this decadent chocolate Bacardi rum cake. It’s a chocolatey partner to that famous Bacardi rum cake — rich with a choco-rum flavored cake and filling.

This delicious confection dates back to the 1970s and — for good reason — has been a popular dessert ever since! 

We’ve taken the oh-so-retro recipe for chocolate Bacardi rum cake, and have remade it with modern-day mixes and equipment. With a few little adjustments (mentioned below), it came out beautifully.

The next time you’re looking for a delicious cake to share with friends, we can confidently recommend this tasty twist on rum cake — it’s sure to be a hit with everyone!

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake step-by-step

The vintage inspiration from 1977: Bacardi chocolate rum cake

New Bacardi chocolate rum cake. Devilish. 

Bacardi chocolate rum cake The original retro recipe from 1977

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make a chocolate Bacardi rum cake and the filling/frosting:

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Chocolate pudding mix
  • Eggs
  • Bacardi rum
  • Cold water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Slivered almonds (optional)
  • Milk
  • Dream Whip whipped topping mix

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake ingredients

Mixing the cake batter

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake - Mixing the cake batter

Rum cake layers ready to bake

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake - Cake layers ready to bake

Baked chocolate cake layers

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake - Baked cake layers

The first layer on a cake stand, upside down

If you choose (and have the skills to make it work), you can slice the cake layers horizontally, so you end up with four thin layers of cake, with filling between each.

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake recipe - First cake layer upside down

Preparing the filling/frosting

We recommend mixing the filling by hand with a whisk. If the pudding is over-mixed (as can easily happen with an electric mixer) it may turn out runny.

Let the pudding mixture stand for at least 5 minutes after the ingredients are combined. For best results, chill it for about an hour in the fridge before adding the filling to the cake.

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake - Preparing the filling - frosting

The chocolate frosting/filling mixed, chilled & ready to go

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake - The chocolate frosting - filling

Covering the first layer with plenty of filling

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake - Frosting the first layer

Now the top layer is frosted

This cake is so pretty, you don’t need to worry about frosting the sides.

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake - Top layer frosted

Completed Chocolate Bacardi Rum Cake cake with chocolate curls

To make chocolate curls, start with a block of chocolate at room temperature. With firm strokes, use a room-temperature vegetable peeler (or paring knife) to shave pieces off the largest smooth surface of the chocolate.

Longer strokes make for fancier curls. For the best look, let the curls fall onto the top of the cake as you make them, and handle them as little as possible.

If the chocolate shreds, the block or the peeler may need to be warmed slightly. As you can see here, the curls will appear lighter in color than the chocolate from which they’re made.

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake - Completed cake with chocolate curls

Close-up of the beautiful rum chocolate cake

If you think this looks nice, you have to also check out the famous Bacardi rum cake, too!

Close-up of the beautiful rum chocolate cake

A delicious chocolate rum cake dessert

A delicious chocolate rum cake dessert

A big slice of rum cake

A big slice of chocolate rum cake

Have a bite of chocolate rum cake

Have a bite of chocolate rum cake

Chocolate Bacardi Rum Cake slice


A delicious chocolate rum cake dessert - Click Americana

Chocolate Bacardi rum cake

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours


For the cake

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package (4-serving size) Jell-O chocolate instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proof)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional)

For the filling

  • 1-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proof)
  • 1 package (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip whipped topping mix


  1. Preheat oven to 350 (F).
  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch layer cake pans.
  3. Combine all cake ingredients (cake mix, 1 box instant pudding mix, eggs, rum, water, vegetable oil, slivered almonds) together in large bowl.
  4. Blend well, then beat at medium mixer speed 2 minutes.
  5. Turn into prepared pans.
  6. Bake 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Do not underbake.
  7. Cool in pans for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from pans, finish cooling on racks.
  9. Optional: Split cake layers in half horizontally. (Not shown in step-by-step photos.)
  10. For filling, combine milk, rum, 1 box pudding mix, and topping mix in a deep narrow-bottom bowl.
  11. Blend well until light and fluffy. For the best consistency, we recommend mixing the filling by hand with a whisk.
  12. Chill the pudding filling mixture for 1 hour. You should have about 4 cups.
  13. When the cake is completely cool, spread filling between each layer and over the top of cake.
  14. Add chocolate curls, if desired.
  15. Keep cake chilled and serve cold.


Optional: garnish with chocolate curls.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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