While the original vintage ads promoting the cake are shown here, you can also find the complete classic rum cake recipe in easy-to-read, printable format below.
And if you like this delicious dessert, don’t miss taking a peek at another version — the Chocolate Bacardi rum cake.
How to make the famous Bacardi rum cake: Now make it with regular or pudding cake mix
Article from the St Cloud Times (Minnesota) November 3, 1976
If you’re looking for a dessert that combines all of the best new ideas in cake baking and easy preparation, with foolproof results, try a Bacardi Rum Cake.
This exceptional cake is a pudding cake baked in a ring pan and flavored with Bacardi dark dry rum. You can get a really elegant cake with the addition of a little whipped cream topping, and the artful placement of pecan halves.
The recipe is easy. Just sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts in the bottom of a well-greased pan, and, after mixing all the remaining cake ingredients, pour over the sprinkled nuts. Then bake one hour. [The full recipe follows this vintage ad.]
The real star of the recipe is Bacardi rum. A half-cup goes into the cake mix, and, although the alcohol in the rum evaporates during the baking, the delicious mellow flavor of the rum remains.
As a ring cake with a simple glaze topping, the Bacardi Rum Cake is adaptable to all kinds of uses. It is just right to offer mid-afternoon or early evening guests, and it makes a great snack for after lunch or at midnight.
And, if you’re planning a picnic, or are the one who has to provide the dessert at a potluck dinner, this cake will arrive just as moist and attractive as when you made it in your kitchen, and is sure to be a hit with everyone.
Here is the complete recipe.
The cake is now ready to eat and enjoy, and with its moist texture and delicious taste, any additions you choose should be primarily for decoration.
For instance, you may add whipped cream and halved pecans, or dust lightly with confectioner’s sugar and garnish with (frosted or) powdered fruit such as grapes or cherries.
Vintage Bacardi rum cake newspaper recipe card (1978)