This rich, spirited Bundt cake recipe comes from Mildred “Mama Dip” Council, of the famed Mama Dip’s Kitchen in Chapel Hill, NC. A double dose of rum in the cake and in the glaze makes it extra moist and fragrant. One bite and you’ll see why it’s a favorite Council family recipe.

By Mildred “Mama Dip” Council, Mama Dip's Kitchen


Peter Frank Edwards

Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 55 mins
Serves 14


Rum Syrup


Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare the Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously coat a 10-inch (10- to 15-cup) Bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.

  • Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and egg yolk, beating well after each addition. Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually beat in rum. Add flour mixture to egg mixture in thirds, alternately with heavy cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating on low after each addition.

  • Transfer batter to prepared Bundt pan, smoothing the top. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes (cover loosely with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent excess browning, if needed). Remove from oven.

  • During final 10 minutes of bake time, prepare the Rum Syrup: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium. Add sugar and 1/4 cup water; let mixture come to a boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, until syrupy, about 5 minutes. Carefully add rum and vanilla. (Mixture will bubble.) Boil, stirring often, 1 minute. Remove from heat.