Pineapple Rum Cake Recipe - Grandbaby Cakes (2024)

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This Pineapple Rum Cake Recipe starts with a homemade buttery sour cream pound cake with a lovely texture and pineapple flavor.

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Here come the rum cakes. Decadent pound cakes drenched in buttery rum syrup and decked out with glazes galore. Making your way through the holiday season, you’ll find rum cakes of all shapes and sizes or flavors and textures because each one is truly like a snowflake: one-of-a-kind. Recipes are passed down and new ones are created but each represents a vital part of a holiday meal.

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The Perks and Highlights of the Best Pineapple Rum Cake

Cuisine Inspiration: Caribbean Delight
Primary Cooking Method: Baking & Boozing
Dietary Info: Definitely not on the low calorie side
Key Flavor: Sweet Pineapple meets Bold Rum
Skill Level: Intermediate Baker ready for a boozy twist

Sweet Highlights:

  • Tropical Vibes: This cake brings the beach to your kitchen, with the tropical sweetness of pineapple dancing in every bite.
  • Golden Brown Perfection: Baking this beauty until it’s just the right shade of golden brown guarantees a moist center and a slightly crispy crust.
  • Glaze for Days: The rum glaze is the real MVP here, soaking into the cake and creating a symphony of flavors that’s hard to resist.

What is a Rum Cake?

Traditionally, rum cake is enjoyed in the Caribbean as a holiday season dessert, descended from holiday puddings such as “figgy pudding”. There are many variations of the cake across the Caribbean but they all share the same base of flavor and texture. A light sponge cake soaked with dark, delicious rum. In making my own version of the rum cake, I wanted to tie together Caribbean flavor and a Southern American classic. From there, the Pineapple Rum Cake with a fun Upside Down Cake twist was born. The pineapple flavor in this cake is delicate and perfectly complemented by a generous hint of rum and butter.

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For the Cake Batter:

  • Unsalted Butter: We’re talking about the good stuff, room temperature, ready to make your cake ridiculously moist and rich.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetness galore! It’s time to turn up the sugar and let the sweet times roll.
  • Eggs: Five large ones, please. We need them at room temp to create that flawless batter.
  • Cake Flour: Sifted to perfection, this is the secret to a tender and fine crumb.
  • Salt: Just a teaspoon, but oh, it makes a world of difference.
  • Sour Cream: Bringing the moisture and the tang, it’s the unsung hero of this cake saga.
  • Crushed Pineapple: A bit of the tropics to make things interesting.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: A tablespoon of the good stuff to tie it all together.

For the Top of Cake Assembly:

  • Melted Unsalted Butter: Because butter makes everything better, especially when it’s melted.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Packed and ready to bring a caramelized sweetness like no other.
  • Pineapple Rings: Six of them, creating a tropical throne for the cherries.
  • Maraschino Cherries: A cherry on top, times six! It’s the cutest garnish in town.

For the Rum Syrup:

  • Rum: Half a cup of the fun stuff, making sure this cake is ready to party.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetening up our rum adventure.
  • Melted Salted Butter: A bit of salty to balance the sweet.
  • Pineapple Juice: Doubling down on the pineapple goodness.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Just a teaspoon, but it’s essential.

How to Make Pineapple Rum Cake

Cake Prep:

  • Preheat and Prep: Heat the oven to 350°F and grease a 12-cup bundt pan.
  • Butter and Sugar: Whip butter for 2 minutes, add sugar, and mix until fluffy.
  • Add Eggs: Incorporate eggs one at a time, mixing well.
  • Dry Ingredients: On low speed, slowly add flour, salt, sour cream, pineapple, and vanilla. Mix just until combined.


  • Butter and Sugar Base: In the bundt pan, layer melted butter, brown sugar, pineapple rings, and cherries.
  • Add Batter: Pour batter over and smooth out.


  • Bake for 70-80 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

Rum Syrup:

  • Cook: Combine all ingredients in a pot, reducing over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Cool and Pour: Let it cool for 10 minutes, poke the cake, then pour the syrup over.
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How do you make a glaze for rum cake?

Rum, which is made from sugar, will add natural sweetness but also warmth that highlights the caramel undertones in the cake. In this cake, I marry the rum with butter to create the perfect glaze for soaking into the cake. Along with a kick of sweetness from the sugar, it becomes thickened and the perfect consistency to really settle into every single bite.

Each flavor marries together to create a well-balanced, perfectly moist but never soggy cake. I loved every single bite of this Pineapple Rum Cake, and I know you will too!

How to Serve

If you want a full Caribbean inspired meal, make sure you serve this dessert with this Brown Stew Chicken and Rice and Peas!

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Pineapple Rum Cake Recipe

A homemade buttery sour cream pound cake is enhanced with sweet tropical pineapple flavor and a rum syrup. The gorgeous pineapple upside down topping makes it a showstopper!

4.17 from 124 votes

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Southern

Prep Time: 25 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour hour 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 16 servings

Calories: 524kcal

Author: Jocelyn Delk Adams


For the Cake Batter

  • 1 1/2 cups Land O Lakes unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • tbsp pure vanilla extract

For the Top of Cake Assembly

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 6 whole pineapple rings
  • 6 maraschino cherries

For the Rum Syrup

  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp salted butter melted
  • 2 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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To make the cake

  • Start by preheating oven to 350 degrees and spraying a 12 cup bundt pan with nonstick spray or grease pan (make sure you really prepare your pan well to insure no sticking for this cake).

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter for 2 minutes on high speed.

  • Slowly add the granulated sugar. Mix together for an additional 5 minutes, until very pale yellow and fluffy.

  • Add the eggs 1 at a time, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

  • Turn your mixer down to its lowest speed and slowly add the flour in 2 batches. Add the salt. Be careful not to overbeat. Add the sour cream, crushed pineapple and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix the batter until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

To assemble with top of cake

  • To assemble cake, pour melted butter in the bottom of the sprayed pan then sprinkle the butter with brown sugar.

  • Line the bottom of the pan with the pineapple rings and add 1 cherry to the center of each pineapple ring.

  • Evenly pour cake batter over pineapples and bake for 70-80 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out mostly clean but still moist.

  • Allow cake to rest for 10 minutes then quickly invert cake onto serving plate.

For the Rum Syrup

  • In a small pot set over medium heat, combine all the ingredients and cook over medium-high heat.

  • Reduce mixture by about a third and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

  • Finally poke sides and top of cake and pour syrup over cake and allow to seep in then cool.



Recipe Tip:This cake tastes great warm before the syrup from the brown sugar and pineapple settles so allow this cake to cool somewhat and then serve warm if you like.

Also make sure you refrigerate the cake due to the fruit in this cake. Wait until cakes comes to room temperature.


Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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How does rum cake make you feel? ›

An average rum cake has around 1/2 cup rum to bake the cake and eating two to three pieces of dry rum cake is too less to get you drunk. However, if you soak the cake in rum after baking and serve it after refrigeration, then eating too much cake can get you a little intoxicated.

When checking your pineapple upside down cake it seems to look like a soggy cake what might be the reason for this? ›

If your cake seems downright soggy it may be that the pineapple slices weren't properly blotted before being placed in the pie plate. That extra moisture can make the cake too moist and soggy. I also find the cake becomes more soggy as it sits, so I recommend serving not long after preparing.

Why is it pineapple upside down cake? ›

“Upside Down” refers to the way the cake is made. Like a French tarte tatin, the cake is assembled and baked with fruit at the bottom and the batter on top. To turn it out, you flip the cake upside down, leaving you with the glistening, caramel-napped fruit layer exposed and the cake underneath it – Upside Down Cake!

Will rum cake get you drunk? ›

It is possible to become intoxicated from consumption of an excessive amount of rum cake, and some rum cakes contain even more than five percent of certain grain alcohols, though some are made to consistently contain less than 0.5% alcohol.

Can rum cake make you high? ›

In many cases where wine or other alcohol is used in cooking or baking, all the alcohol is gone by the time it is finished. However, if you have something like a rum cake soaked in rum after preparing and before serving, or liquor filled candies, yes the alcohol can have an intoxicating effect.

Should you refrigerate pineapple upside-down cake after baking? ›

Absolutely! You have to refrigerate it, especially after you bake it.

Can I use pineapple juice instead of water in a cake mix? ›

I also like using the pineapple juice from the canned pineapple in place of water (or with water) in the cake mix. Once the cake comes from the oven you're done. No icing or decorating needed.

Can you leave pineapple upside-down cake on the counter? ›

How to Store Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. You can store pineapple upside-down cake at room temperature in an airtight container for 1-2 days. In the refrigerator, it will last up to four days.

What cake pan is best for upside-down cake? ›

Cast iron may not be on the ingredient list for your upside-down cake, but it's the perfect piece of cookware to experiment with this classic dessert.

What is a substitute for cherries in pineapple upside down cake? ›

I personally would use strawberries cut in half, but you could also use orange slices or maybe kiwi. Personally I would stick with maraschino cherries in the middle of each slice of pineapple, that makes your color contrast. Then, for taste add a half walnut between slices. (Make sure it's upside down.)

Should I turn my pineapple upside down? ›

Resting the pineapple upside down for 30 minutes helps the juices to run back down and distribute for evenly juicy pieces. After 30 minutes, cut off the other end of the pineapple. Remove the skin of the pineapple by slicing it off, following the shape of the pineapple.

What mood does rum put you in? ›

Spirits — vodka, gin, rum — make people aggressive and energetic; red wine makes people tired, or makes them feel sexy; beer relaxes people — these are self-reports from 30,000 people surveyed by The BMJabout how different kinds of alcohol incite different moods.

What are the effects of rum cake strain? ›

Rum Cake is 19.24% THC, making this strain an ideal choice for experienced cannabis consumers. Customers tell us Rum Cake effects include creative, euphoric, and hungry. Medical marijuana patients often choose Rum Cake when dealing with symptoms associated with depression, nausea, and lack of appetite.

Why does rum make me feel so good? ›

When we start drinking alcohol, our bodies produce extra dopamine, which travels to the parts of the brain known as 'reward centres' – the bits that make us feel good and make us want to do more of whatever we're doing [1].

Does rum make you a happy drunk? ›

The direct effects of alcohol are the same whether you drink wine, beer or spirits. There's no evidence that different types of alcohol cause different mood states.

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