Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe

This simple chocolate rum cake recipe can be served in 3-inch cake pans or muffin tins for mini cakes. Dark rum adds a nice flavor and makes this cake moister more than traditional white chocolate rum cake recipes.

This recipe is not just for rum cake lovers. It is a straightforward, moist, flavorful chocolate cake that any chocolate cake lover would enjoy and will make a great gift.

A lot can be said about the versatility of the chocolate rum cake recipe for many different occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, anniversary gifts, and more.

How To Prepare chocolate rum cake recipe?

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Serving: 20 people


  • stand Mixer
  • baking pans


  • 1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups of water and 2 cups of dark rum [in a sauce pan]
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder [use good quality for best results]
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour [sifted]
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • One tablespoon of pure chocolate extract. {optional}
  • Six large eggs at room temperature.
  • 1 cup of low-fat milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe
Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use at least 2 cupcake pans or 3-inch cake pans.

Step 2: Prepare the chocolate rum cake batter.

Step 3: Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the dark rum to the saucepan and then stir continuously over low heat for about 20 minutes or until the butter starts to boil. Remove from heat and let cool down for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Sift the cocoa powder and all-purpose flour in a bowl after the mixture has cooled down. Then, add in salt, vanilla extract, and chocolate extract if using.

Step 5: In another bowl, beat the eggs at high speed for about 10 minutes or until doubled in volume. Stop the Mixer and add the chocolate rum mixture to the eggs. Continue beating at low speed for about 30 seconds or until well combined.

Then pour half of the flour mixture, add half of the milk, and stir until combined. Repeat this two more times with the remaining flour and milk. Do not over-mix.

Step 6: Sift the remaining flour with baking powder in a separate bowl and then add to the chocolate batter. Further, stirring at low speed for about 30 seconds or until well combined.

Pour in the rest of the milk and stir gently until lightly combined. Add the chocolate chips and fold gently until evenly dispersed throughout the batter.

Step 7: Pour batter into prepared pans, filling each pan about 2/3 full.

Step 8: Bake for 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes and then place cakes on wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 365
  • Fat: 19.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.8g
  • Protein: 5.2g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 420 mg
  • Total Sugars: 30.1g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Sugar Alcohols: 0g

Which Rum Is Best For Cake?

You can use many types of rum, but my personal favorite is Cuba Club 3 Stars Rum. It adds a nice flavor to the cake and will not overpower it. Depending on your preference, you can use more or less of the rum.

Does Rum Cake Have Alcohol After Baking?

Yes, the cake will have alcohol if you use rum. If you don’t want rum in your cake, substitute it with water or another liquid. How long can you keep rum cake?

Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe
Chocolate Rum Cake Recipe

Refrigerate the cake for at least two days to allow all the flavors to blend. Keep it longer if you can resist it!

What Does Chocolate Rum Cake Taste Like?

It tastes like a moist, rich chocolate cake with a rum flavor. It is not too sweet but has enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth. However, you may adjust the sugar and cocoa powder amount based on your preference.

What Happens If You Bake Rum?

Nothing significant happens besides it will solidify. You will have rum-flavored hardened butter instead of liquid rum.

You can let it solidify at room temperature and then bring it to a boil once again to liquefy the butter, make a shortcake, or use it as it is in baking.

Does Boiling Rum Remove The Alcohol?

No, it does not. The only way to remove the alcohol is through evaporation. However, even after boiling for several hours, there’s still a measurable amount of alcohol in the liquid. So, you can expect rum cakes to have alcohol when you bake them.

How Do You Make Chocolate Rum Cake With No Alcohol?

If you don’t want the alcohol in your cake, leave it and substitute water or another liquid. You may also use rum extract if you can find one locally. It is similar to vanilla extract except for a more intense flavor.


If you like chocolate rum cake and it is your first time making this, or you see your guests coming with the exact liking, then it is time to take charge and make a chocolate rum cake.

I hope this chocolate rum cake recipe will satisfy your passion for making something unique. You should try other recipes if you don’t like to use alcohol in your ingredients.