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chocolate rum cake recipe from scratch

Delicious Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe From Scratch

Last Updated on January 14, 2023

The longer it sits, the tastier it gets, chocolate rum cake recipe from scratch is a rich and moist cake that everyone will enjoy. Indulge in its chocolate rum syrup that soaks into the cake and keeps the cake both tender, and soft.

In addition to that, dark rum is the dominant flavor in this decadent and dense cake. Because of this, it is best to eat a thin slice at a time since the chocolate rum cake recipe from scratch has a satisfying, yet intense flavor. Likewise, you can make the cake even more delicious by refrigerating it overnight before eventually serving it. Doing this allows the flavors of the cake to intensify. In addition to that, every cake slice tastes hundred percent better after chilling for at least an hour.

Although it is not entirely true that all of the alcohol cooks thoroughly, the longer it cooks at a hotter temperature, the greater the percentage of alcohol that will evaporate. With that, chocolate rum cake is indeed a delectable dessert for celebrations and holidays. And the best thing about it all is that you can make it any time because it is so easy to make. 

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What You Will Need to Make this Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp of espresso powder 
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl 
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoon 
  • Whisk 
  • Rubber spatula 
  • Saucepan 
  • Bundt pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Wire rack

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Step by Step: Make a Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe from Scratch

Step 1 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Afterward, grease and line the Bundt pan with parchment paper.

Step 2 

Then whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. 

Step 3

After that, in a saucepan heated on medium heat, stir in the butter and ginger beer until the butter dissolves, then remove the saucepan from the heat. 

Step 4

Afterward, place the unsweetened cocoa and sugar in the saucepan, and stir until well mixed. 

Unsweetened cocoa in saucepan

Step 5

Then gradually pour in the rum and mix thoroughly. After that, carefully add the eggs one at a time; make sure to stir them before adding another egg.

Step 6

Next, add buttermilk and vanilla, stir to combine, and mix in the flour mixture. Whisk until completely incorporated.

Step 7

Afterward, pour the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake in the oven for 50- 55 minutes, or you can insert a skewer in the center. If it comes out clean, then it is done.



Step 8

Finally, remove from the oven and place the Bundt pan on a wire rack to cool completely. 

Servings and Preparation Time

Servings and Preparation Time - Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe From Scratch

Tips and Tricks to Make Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe

If buttermilk is unavailable, you can make it yourself by stirring milk and lemon juice together in a measuring cup or mixing bowl; then allow it to settle for at least 10 minutes. That is why I recommend using dark rum since it is sweeter and more profound in flavor than regular rum types. 

Moreover, espresso powder and chocolate share the same taste and characteristics. In addition to that, espresso powder intensifies the chocolate flavor by bringing out the rich chocolate flavor. Ginger beer goes so well to highlight the strong rum flavor. 

Tips and Tricks to Make Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe

A frosted cake can sit out in an airtight container for two to three days at room temperature. On the other hand, you can wrap unfrosted cake layers in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for freshness. They’ll keep for about four to five days. Or you can put the wrapped layers in a freezer-safe bag and freeze it for approximately three months.

Furthermore, if available, make sure to purchase dark chocolate which is about seventy percent cocoa solids because it has many health-boosting antioxidants. 

Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe From Scratch

The longer it sits, the tastier it gets, chocolate rum cake recipe from scratch is a rich and moist cake that everyone will enjoy. Indulge in its chocolate rum syrup that soaks into the cake and keeps the cake both tender, and soft.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe From Scratch
Servings: 12 slices
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Afterward, grease and line the Bundt pan with parchment paper.
  • Then whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • After that, in a saucepan heated on medium heat, stir in the butter and ginger beer until the butter dissolves, then remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Afterward, place the unsweetened cocoa and sugar in the saucepan and stir until well mixed.
  • Then gradually pour in the rum and mix thoroughly. After that, carefully add the eggs one at a time; make sure to stir in before adding another egg.
  • Next add place buttermilk and vanilla, stir to combine and mix in the flour mixture. Whisk until completely incorporated.
  • Afterward, pour the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake in the oven for 50- 55 minutes, or you can insert a skewer in the center. If it comes out clean, then it is done.
  • Finally, remove from the oven and place the Bundt pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • If buttermilk is unavailable, you can make it yourself by stirring milk and lemon juice together in a measuring cup or mixing bowl; then allow it to settle for at least 10 minutes. That is why I recommend using dark rum, since it is sweeter and more profound in flavor than regular rum types.
  • Moreover, the espresso powder and chocolate share the same taste and characteristics. In addition to that, espresso powder intensifies the chocolate flavor by bringing out the rich chocolate flavor. Ginger beer goes so well to highlight the strong rum flavor.
  • A frosted cake can sit out in an airtight container for two to three days at room temperature. On the other hand, you can wrap unfrosted cake layers in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for freshness. They'll keep for about four to five days. Or you can put the wrapped layers in a freezer-safe bag and freeze it for approximately three months.
  • Furthermore, if available, make sure to purchase dark chocolate that is about seventy percent cocoa solids because it has many health-boosting antioxidants. 
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Dark Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe

When making rum cake, you can use either dark rum or white rum to create that rum flavor throughout your cake. For a simple dark chocolate rum cake, you’ll need the following ingredients:

for the cake:

  • 8oz of softened butter
  • 10oz of caster sugar
  • 4 eggs (separated)
  • 6oz of self-raising flour
  • 1oz of cocoa powder
  • 2oz of almonds
  • 5oz of melted dark chocolate

for the filling:

  • 2 1/4 cups of double cream
  • 10oz of chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of dark rum

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Gather all of the ingredients you need for this recipe and preheat your oven to 350F. You’ll also need to grease a 9-inch cake pan.
  2. Grab a bowl and add the butter, along with around half of the sugar. Beat until smooth and light. Now, fold in the egg yolks individually and then add the flour, cocoa powder, ground almonds, and melted chocolate. Mix until well combined.
  3. Before you add the egg whites, whisk in a separate bowl and add the rest of the sugar. Fold the mixture into your cake batter until well combined.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and bake in the center of your oven for around 65-70 minutes. When baked, remove from oven and leave to cool for at least 5 minutes before removing and moving to a wire rack.
  5. While your cake is cooling, you can make the filling. Add the double cream to the pan and heat until boiling. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the rum and chocolate. Mix well until smooth and leave to thicken.
  6. Once cool, cut your cake into three thin layers. Place the first cake layer at the bottom and add the cooled filling to the top of the first layer. Repeat with the second and third layers. If you have any remaining, add some filling to the sides of your cake. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

White Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe

If you’re wanting to use white rum for your chocolate cake, look no further. The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 packet of chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 1/2 cup of white rum
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Gather all of the ingredients you need for this recipe and preheat your oven to 325F. You’ll also need to grease a Bundt pan before you begin. Line the bottom of your pan with the chopped walnuts.
  2. Grab a bowl and add the following ingredients: chocolate cake mix, instant pudding mix, vegetable oil, eggs, water, and rum. Mix well on a high speed for 2-3 minutes, until smooth.
  3. Once smooth, pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake in the center of your preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool before serving with a rum simple syrup.

Making Rum Syrup for Cake

One of the easiest ways to enhance the rum flavoring in your cake is to make rum syrup and pour it over your cake once baked. It’s super easy to do, the only ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of white rum
  • 1/4 cup of water

Then, all you need to do is:

  1. Add the butter, sugar, rum, and water to a pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook for a further 2 minutes and then remove from heat.
  2. Pour over your baked cake, while still warm. Enjoy!

Conclusion

I hope this post has helped you to become more familiar with a chocolate rum cake recipe from scratch, and how easy it can be to make this delicious cake from the comfort of your home. Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making chocolate rum cake from scratch? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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