You don’t want just any old rum cake, do you? I mean, what’s life without a little controversy. (Can a cake be controversial?) Anyway, I didn’t want to just come up with a plain ol’ rum cake, no I had to go all crazy (maybe a little controversial) and make a chocolate rum cake with a kick. I know what you’re asking…what’s the kick? Are you sure you want to know? You have to promise me you’ll just give it a chance before saying no way. Ok, the kick is cayenne pepper powder. (Oh, the controversy.) Yeah, I know it sounds a little strange, but it really works well with the chocolate and no, it doesn’t make the cake spicy hot…promise.
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Now, if you don’t even want to try the cayenne pepper in it, I promise I won’t be mad, but obviously I think you should try it 😉 You won’t be adding much, it just gives it a little extra spicy kick. The flavor of the cayenne pepper is subtle. It doesn’t hit you in the face and scream CAYENNE PEPPER! You only get a hint of something spicy going on…just enough to be intrigued.
Now, you are definitely gonna taste the rum in this one. If you don’t like rum, this may not be the cake for you and you might want to try my chocolate butter cake. But, if you’re like me and you like some Captain Morgan every now and again, then I hope you try this one out.
I’m not a big drinker. I don’t like beer, nor am I a huge fan of wine either. Maybe that makes me weird? Anyway, I DO however like rum, but I’m kind of picky. I only like Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Every once in a while, I’ll have a glass of rum and coke at home, or if we’re out for date night, but I’ve had the same bottle of rum in my closet for two years and as you can see in some of the pictures, it’s still got a long way to go. Basically, the brand choice for rum is up to you. Of course I prefer Captain Morgan, but you may prefer something else and I say go for it.
Not only will you be adding the rum to the cake batter, but you’ll also add it to the glaze that soaks into the cake. Then you’ll drizzle on a nice helping of melted chocolate.
Ok, on to the recipe for the Chocolate Rum Cake! (Also, there’s a video that shows all the steps below the recipe.)
This Chocolate Rum Cake has rum mixed in the batter and the glaze, then a chocolate drizzle on top. The kick is a touch of cayenne pepper in the cake batter. It's not hot, but just adds a touch of spice.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 - 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne pepper powder
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup spiced rum (I used Captain Morgan)
- 3/4 cup hot coffee or hot water
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup spiced rum
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup milk or cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan and set aside. (I used cocoa powder to dust my pan after I greased it.)
In a mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper powder. Whisk up well.
In a separate bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients (eggs, oil, extract and rum.) Whisk up well.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Mix until incorporated.
Add in the hot coffee or hot water and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.
Pour into a bundt pan and bake at 325 for about 45-50 minutes.
One baked, cool on a rack for about 20 minutes, then invert onto a rack or a plate to cool completely while you make the glaze and drizzle.
In a saucepan, melt a 1/4 cup of butter. Take it off the heat and add in 1/2 cup rum. You can add it back to the burner to make sure everything is melted together. Take off the heat and let cool down just a bit.
Once your cake is cooled for about half an hour, brush on the rum glaze. While it's soaking in, work on your chocolate drizzle.
In a saucepan, add two cups semi-sweet chocolate, 1/4 cup cream or milk and melt. You may need to add in a little more milk to get the correct drizzle consistency.
Once it's melted, drizzle onto your cake.
And here’s the video:
Alright, there you have it! This chocolate rum cake is definitely out of the norm, but it’s sure to be a hit with the rum fans out there.
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