“I got this recipe from the Discovery Channel's website. It seemed too simple to be true -- Boy, is it awesome! I've made it now for many gatherings and parties and it's always a big hit. (This recipe originated from chef, Kelly Moran.)”
1 cake

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (5 1/8 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 23 cup vegetable oil
  • 34 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons rum (your call on flavors and dark/light, etc)
  • Sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup rum (I've used as little as 1 c. and it was fine, the more you add, the better the flavor, and the cake s)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Pour into a well battered tube pan (I've used both bundt and spring-form).
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (or longer) until the cake is brown on the top and firm to the touch.
  4. Sauce:.
  5. Mix all sauce ingredients over a burner bringing them to a rolling boil.
  6. Slowly pour the sauce over the top of the already baked cake (make sure cake is still in pan!).
  7. For the best flavor/results, let cake stand overnight.
  8. This allows the sauce to really soak in and crystalize around the edges.
  9. When ready to serve, turn cake upside down onto serving platter-- great cake to serve with vanilla ice cream.
  10. Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a