Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake

Memorial day is right around the corner……OMG…… what to take along?…. Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake!
Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake

I think bundt cakes are the bomb! I have made numerous bundt cakes for What the Forks For Dinner? Look around the site and try them all……

What makes them so great?? Well…..they are easy to make, easy to bake, they either need no frosting, or are good to go with a quick glaze.

Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake

With Memorial Day comes the start of summer. And the start of summer is the start of cookouts, potluck, and picnics. No matter the occasion, everyone wants dessert… the dessert Queen……..or King and bring a bundt cake.

Vanilla Rum Bundt cake is perfect to take to your Memorial Day party, picnic, cookout……

Moist cake studded with flecks of vanilla bean, and flavored with rum. I used white rum but you could try a flavored rum for that extra kick.

Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake

There’s a pretty steep price difference between vanilla extract and a whole vanilla bean — pod and all.  In many cases where vanilla is called for, opting for the less expensive of the two is a wise choice. Vanilla beans would be wasted say in a batch of chocolate chip cookies, but in homemade ice cream, real vanilla beans make a world of difference.

But, here are times that the pretty black specs and flavor of vanilla beans are worth the splurge…….like Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake.

Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake

Vanilla beans also makes for a pretty Buttered Rum Glaze. Rich creamy butter, flavored with rum and those little specs of vanilla bean are melted together and then cooled. Add some powdered sugar and you have a glaze thats not only pretty, but super yummy!

Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake

For your next summer event, take along Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake and be speck-tacular!!

Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake

Vanilla Rum Bundt Cake

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 12


  • Cake
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • 1 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Glaze
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scrapped out
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour and baking powder.
  4. In another small bowl combine milk and rum.
  5. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape out seeds from vanilla bean. Stir vanilla seeds into milk mixture; set aside.
  6. In a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer or stand mixer on medium to high speed beat butter for 30 seconds.
  7. Gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar, and beat for about 10 minutes , until light and fluffy.
  8. Add eggs and egg yolk; beat for 1 minute.
  9. Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture to butter mixture, on low speed just until combined.
  10. Pour batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
  11. Bake 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for about 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with Buttered Rum Glaze
  12. To Make Glaze
  13. In a small saucepan, heat the butter until melted. Add the rum, vanilla, and scrapping from vanilla bean. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  14. Remove the buttered rum from the heat and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes. Once cooled, whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.



Whipped Toffee Dip and Apples

This simple apple dip takes just minutes to prepare, has only five ingredients….well excluding the apples. 

Whipped Toffee Dip and Apples 5

Whipped Toffee Dip and Apples is a spin on a snack we serve at school.
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Baked French Vanilla Glazed Donuts

Baked French Vanilla Glazed Donuts

Baked French Vanilla Glazed Donuts

When I was a kid, the biggest treat In the world was when Mom bought donuts for breakfast, and if she bought chocolate milk…..the kind already mixed ……heaven! Now, not any old donut would do…….oh no not for us! It had to be donetts……..those little tiny ones. Powered sugar or chocolate frosted……..hmmm.

When I was making these Baked French Vanilla Glazed Donuts, I was thinking about how many stories I have with donuts in them.

The neighbor girl and I got in big trouble one summer for getting home after dark……where were we?……..frosting donuts. There was a little corner gas station-store close to where we lived, and they made their own donuts. We hung around at this place, and if I remember correctly, one of our babysitters worked there. Of course, her being a teenager, and us wanting to be teenagers we would do anything to hang with the big kids. Well, when she asked if we’d wanted to help frost donuts……….duh!!!! Of course we did…………and of course we lost track of time. To our horror it was dark out. Now, the rule was, you had your bike and your ass home before dark. Well our asses nor our bikes were home, and when we got home……..lets just say there was a welcoming party……, that was the end of our frosting donuts.


Right before we got married, Tim had to have an outpatient surgery, before they let him go home he had to eat something…….they brought him juice and a chocolate frosted donut. We both had much better eating habits before we got married……….Tim was just shy of being a vegetarian. Imagine my surprise when I saw him not only eating a chocolate frosted donut, but the look on his face was of sheer bliss……, I know he was medicated, but I think at that exact moment he would have rather married the donut……..I saw a new side to my soon to be husband…..LOL

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