This cake has a lot of raisins soaked in rum. Try to soak your raisins overnight if possible or at least for a few hours.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place all the raisins in a small bowl with the rum and let sit overnight or at least 4 hours.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time; mix in applesauce.

  • In another bowl, stir together the flours, cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cocoa. Gradually add flour into the batter, mixing until fully incorporated. Stir in the raisins, along with any rum that was not absorbed, and the walnuts. Turn batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

317 calories; protein 4.9g 10% DV; carbohydrates 46.7g 15% DV; fat 12.1g 19% DV; cholesterol 51.3mg 17% DV; sodium 327.4mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2002
This cake has been the talk of the office. I put a little twist by using half applesauce and half chopped fresh sweet apples. WOW. Excellent recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
The rum-soaked raisins are a nice touch which I also use when making apple strudel. Other that that though I judge it a rather average cake with a slight rum flavor. Read More
(19)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
The rum-soaked raisins are a nice touch which I also use when making apple strudel. Other that that though I judge it a rather average cake with a slight rum flavor. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2002
This cake has been the talk of the office. I put a little twist by using half applesauce and half chopped fresh sweet apples. WOW. Excellent recipe. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2003
What a wonderful recipe!!This was the most delicious rum cake I have ever tried!!I used a little more rum:-)))) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2007
I loved this cake! It had more of a banana bread consistency which made it great. I too halved the applesauce and put diced fuji apples (the sweetest). I used all golden raisins and let them marinate in the rum for two days. Sooooo good. My dad loved his birthday cake. Thanks for the wonderful recipe:) Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
02/02/2009
I am surprised that anyone would describe this as a rum cake. I was quite liberal in my use of rum and actually added more than the 1 cup of rum soaked raisins called for (additionally I soaked my raisins in rum for several days) but no rum taste was discernible in the finished cake. I would describe this as a snack cake. It is moist and mildly spiced not overly sweet yet does not require a frosting or glaze. It is relatively healthy for a cake and makes a good lunch box addition or simply a nice snack for the kids. It is not an exceptional recipe in any way. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2011
Pay no heed to the 3 star reviews that say this cake is too dry or not Rummish enough. Maybe it is in the original form but use this twist: Use a full 1/2 cup rum to soak raisins. Also use this to glaze the cake fresh out of the oven: 1/4 C butter 1/4 C Sucanat or Turbinado sugar 1/4c (or a tad less if you prefer) rum. its fantastic. i also use a half and half Sucanat- turbinado sugar mix for the cake itself. It is healthier than white sugar and really you can't tell the difference. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2008
This turned out perfectly the first time I tried it. I didn't have cocoa powder so I added extra cinnamon and nutmeg and dusted the top with some powdered sugar. Very nice! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2004
Oh yes! I forgot to mention: make it in a bundt pan for a better presentation! Have fun... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
My family loved this one. I glazed the top with leftover rum. Gave if a good rum aroma. Read More
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