This rum cake is moist, sweet and delicious! Fresh apples and a caramel topping make this cake an autumn-inspired treat that is great all year long!
August is one of those in-between months. We have one foot in summer and one foot in Autumn.
It’s still summer (the hot weather reminds us of that), but school has started and with that, we start to look towards all things fall like football games and tailgating, apple picking, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween costumes, winter break and dare I say Christmas?
You are either holding on to every last drop of summer, or you are closing that chapter and barreling full speed towards fall. I suppose I am ready for all things fall.
While apple picking is probably not in my future, I still want to enjoy apples in as many ways as I can. This apple rum cake features soft baked apples that are sweet enough to balance out the spiced rum. The flavors are all about fall!
What is Apple Rum Cake?
This easy apple rum cake is a moist, dense cake, almost like a pound cake that is baked in a loaf pan. This rum cake does have a caramelized apple top layer, but don’t let discourage you, it is all very easy to throw together! This recipe is perfect for a loaf pan, it can easily be doubled and baked as a bundt cake instead.
Which Rum for Cake?
Apples scream fall to me and with fall, come flavors like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. I chose to use spiced rum for this cake. You could use any rum and you could even use rum extract for this recipe; you could also use bourbon for deep, rich, earthy flavor instead.
How To Make Rum Cake from Scratch
You will start this recipe by preparing your apple topping. To begin, heat butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and cook whisking until sugar has dissolved. Pour caramel mixture into a prepared loaf pan.
Layer the apple slices over the caramel.
To make the cake layer, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Gradually add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Eggs and vanilla are added in next
Dry ingredients are added last along with the rum.
Pour the batter over the caramel and the apples. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Allow cake to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 25 minutes. Invert cake onto a serving plate and all the cake to cool completely.
I drizzled a very simple glaze over the cake, but you could simply serve the cake with powdered sugar or serve ice cream om the side.
How Alcoholic is Rum Cake?
You will not get drunk on this rum cake! The cake only contains a small amount of rum, you can add slightly more if you prefer and also slip in a bit of rum in the caramel topping if that is your preference. During the baking process, the alcohol will bake off which leaves you the essence of liquor used.
If the alcohol is an issue, rum extract is a welcome substitute as is apple cider.
How To Store Apple Rum Cake?
Be sure to store this cake in an airtight container. Because of the fruited topping, this cake will need to be consumed as soon as possible. I don’t think you’ll have probably with this caking sitting too long, it’s just too delicious!
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- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2-3 apples peeled and sliced
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup spiced rum
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar in small saucepan. Cook whisking constantly until sugar has dissolved. Pour caramel mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Layer the apple slices over the caramel.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Gradually add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
- Sift together the flour and the salt. Add flour mixture to the batter alternately with the rum, beginning and ending with the flour. Spoon the batter over the caramel and the apples. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow cake to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 25 minutes. Invert cake and all the cake to cool completely.
- In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and the milk until it is a drizzling consistency. Before serving, spoon icing over cake. Store cake in an airtight container. The cake should be consumed within a few days.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12
Amount Per ServingCalories 260 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 61mg Sodium 110mg Carbohydrates 44g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 30g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 4g