Mocha Rum Cake
posted in: CakesRecipes

Things that I think about:

Who decided alcohol would be perfect in a cake?

Who decided that flour, sugar, eggs, baking soda, and fat would make a cake?

Who said to themselves, I’m going to take this sugarcane and ferment it, and it is going to be delicious?

And does my butt look big?…. just kidding!…. But seriously though, does it?

When I think of all the things I bake, create and eat, it boggles my mind that someone just up and invented this at some point in time.

Am I the only one who thinks this?  I probably daily ask myself a question similiar to the ones above.  I’m sure I was quite the obnoxious 3 year old….

“Daddy, why does you face look like that?”

“Mommy, what’s this nasty looking thing I just picked up from the gutter?”

“Josh, who decided to make ketchup and eat it with pratically everything?”  Ok, this question just happened on Saturday….

Back to this cake.  It’s packed full of potentially ridiculous questions to be asked.  It’s also brimming with rum mocha goodness.  A cup of rum and 1 1/3 cups of coffee to be exact.

This is the kind of cake your friends will eat and think more highly of you for…. it’s that good.

Throwing this cake together is no problem, but you do need to plan ahead because it takes an hour and 50 minutes to bake.  Plan to make this cake.  Plan on it being devoured. Plan on people doing a mocha rum dance of happiness.

Ok maybe the last one is just me….

Mocha Rum Cake

found at Joy the Baker


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 1/3 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spray a 4 1/2 cup bundt pan with baking spray or butter and sprinkle with cocoa powder.  Bring a pot of water to a simmer.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.  In a metal bowl over the simmer water, stir together your chocolate and butter until smooth.  Take off the heat and pour in rum, coffee and granulated sugar. With an electric mixer beat in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping down side, and beat in eggs and vanilla until batter is combined well.  The batter may seem very loose.  Pour the batter into prepared pan.

Place pan in  oven and bake in the middle of the oven until a tester comes out clean, about 1 hour and 50 minutes. Let cake cool completely in pan on a rack and turn it out onto rack.




  1. Alissa

    Real bummed I missed this one. Looks amazing!(P.S. I saw the trailer for Breaking Dawn last night and reaffirmed my commitment to watching numero uno with you soon)

    • Alissa…. let’s bake something and watch the movie…. and giggle like little school girls with pigtails, ok?

  2. so many good things in one cake!

  3. Claire

    I can’t wait to make this one. Yummy!!!!!

  4. Lori

    That was from Lori not Claire. Claire doesn’t bake with Rum yet. Ha ha

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