How to make a Venetian rum cake, topped with meringue (1968)

Vintage Venetian rum cake recipe (1968)

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Make this beautiful custard-filled Venetian rum cake the day before you plan to serve it, and add the toasty meringue topping shortly before serving. 

Vintage Venetian rum cake recipe (1968)

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Vintage Venetian rum cake recipe (1968)

Venetian rum cake (1968)

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours


  • 1 large package yellow cake mix
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 14-ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 eggs, separated by yolks and whites
  • 1-1/3 cups hot water
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 8-ounces mixed glacéed fruits for cake, finely-chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely-chopped pecans
  • 3/4 granulated sugar


  1. Make and bake the cake mix as the label directs for two 8-inch layer-cake pans; cool.
  2. Meanwhile, make custard this way: In a double boiler top, place the cornstarch and slowly stir in the condensed milk, then the unbeaten egg yolks (refrigerate the whites -- covered, to ensure no smell contamination); stir until smooth.
  3. Then, while stirring constantly, slowly add hot water.
  4. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens -- about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  6. Turn the mixture into a bowl and lay a piece of waxed paper that covers the surface of the custard (directly on it); refrigerate.
  7. Getting back to the cake; with a long, sharp knife, split the 2 cooled cake layers in half horizontally, making 4 layers.
  8. Now, sprinkle the cut surface of each with 1 tablespoon of rum.
  9. Combine the fruits and the pecans.
  10. Now place 1 cake layer, cut side up, on a heatproof platter. Spread with 1/3 of the (now) cold custard, then sprinkle with 1/3 of the fruit-nut mixture.
  11. Repeat, using 3 cake layers; top with the fourth cake layer, cut side down.
  12. Refrigerate; then do this the next day, about 3 hours before serving: let the egg whites stand out for 1 hour.
  13. Start heating the oven to 375 (F).
  14. Now, with an electric mixer at high speed, beat the egg whites until frothy; add 2 tablespoons of sugar, then beat at a low speed for about 5 minutes, then at high speed for 1 minute.
  15. Repeat this process until all the sugar is added -- then stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  16. Use the meringue to thickly swirl on the top and sides of the cake.
  17. Bake until the meringue is golden -- about 5 minutes.
  18. Cool; Refrigerate.
  19. To serve, dip a long, sharp knife in hot water, then cut cake into 12 wedges.


Make this cake a day before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 429mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 2gSugar: 48gProtein: 9g

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