Vanilla Bean Rum Bundt Cake Recipe

Vanilla Bean Rum Bundt Cake Recipe

Written by Becky

I am always honored when I get to make a birthday cake for a friend. Two of our closest friends celebrated their birthdays in January and after making this Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake for the first friend then the second friend also requested it. While it was a great birthday cake, I think it would also make a great Valentine’s Day dessert!

Vanilla Bean Rum Bundt Cake Recipe

When we have friends over for house church or just for fun they always seem to make their way into our kitchen, quietly finding their way to our baked goods, helping themselves to a snack or drink. I love this about our friends, even though it means that baked goods never stay around for long. But to me, it means they feel comfortable and at home with us.

When I was baking this cake for the first time for Heidi, our friend Adrian was over, and the aroma must have filled the house. He mentioned that it sounded like one he would like, which made me smile, since I knew his birthday was coming up soon. The last year I had made him a Lemon Pudding Cake, which we all enjoyed, but per his request, we would switch it up in exchange for vanilla bean and rum!

Vanilla Bean Rum Bundt Cake Recipe

When the birthday celebrations came around we topped the cake off with rum caramel sauce, whipped cream and pomegranates. Its a joy to be the one who gets to celebrate with friends on their birthdays. So, maybe I am taking after my friend Matt to be the birthday police of our friend group, or I could only hope to be!

Vanilla Bean Rum Bundt Cake Recipe

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cake I used Rodelle Vanilla Beans and they are graciously giving 3 gift packs away! Each gift comes with vanilla beans, vanilla extract, and cocoa. Leave a comment with your favorite Birthday Cake or Valentine’s Dessert to win. Winner will be announced next Wednesday Isabelle, Jeffrey, and Megan are the big winners!


Vanilla Bean Rum Bundt Cake Recipe

Vanilla Bean Rum Bundt Cake

A Better Homes and Gardens recipe for Vanilla Bean Rum Bundt Cake.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • 1-2 whole vanilla beans, split lengthwise (I used Rodelle Vanilla Beans)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • whipped cream, rum caramel, and fruit, for serving


  • Allow butter, eggs, and egg yolk to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, generously grease and lightly flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan; set aside. In a small bowl stir together flour and baking powder. In a medium bowl combine milk and rum. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape out seeds from vanilla beans. Stir vanilla seeds into milk mixture; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar, beating about 10 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs and egg yolk; beat for 1 minute. Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  • Bake about 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Serve with whipped cream, rum caramel, and red fruit (raspberries or pomegranates both work great!)


You can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean but the vanilla bean will have a more powerful flavor. If using extract use 1 teaspoon. Or you may just use one vanilla bean and a little extract to save some money 🙂


For the Rum Caramel Sauce: In a small, heavy pot heat up 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter on medium low, stirring constantly. Once well combined and starting to thicken add in the 2 tablespoons rum and turn off the heat. Continue to stir until the rum is combined. Let cool, then refrigerate 30 minutes or more until ready to use. (the sauce does need some time in the fridge to thicken). Store in a jar in the fridge.

More Non-Chocolate, Special Occasion Desserts:

Lemon Pudding Cake

Spanish Almond Cake – Tarta de Santiago

Matcha Green Tea Pound Cake

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Pomegranates

Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie

Comments (57)

  1. Sounds yummy! I always looked forward to my grandfathers birthday cake. My grandmother made a simple scratch vanilla cake with bananas and whipped cream on top. It was alway the best since I got to share it with grandpa.

  2. Sounds lovely, I can’t wait to make it. Favorite dessert is always a tough decision. But I must go with rich chocolate pudding, topped with fresh whipped cream infused with fresh raspberries.

  3. My favorite birthday cake or my favorite cake in general is something my family calls Mexican chocolate cake. It is chocolate cake with lots of cinnamon and topped with a warm chocolate frosting with LOTS of pecans, so delicious.

  4. My favorite birthday cake is strawberry shortcake with lots of fresh whipped cream and juicy fresh strawberries. My favorite valentines dessert is chocolate soufflé. Love them both!! Yummy!!

  5. My favorite birthday cake is homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I’ve been looking for a good rum cake though, and I cannot wait to make yours! The pomegranate is a beautiful touch.

  6. My favorite cake is what we call the “China Town cake.” It was our family tradition to have this cake when we lived in L.A. It’s a vanilla cake with fresh strawberry filling, a like whipped cream frosting with slivered almonds around the sides. Yup that’s my birthday cake! (But I can’t get it here 🙁

  7. On Valentines Day I like to make an Angelfood Cake (from scratch!) and serve it with berries and a chocolate fondu. Granted the kids like this better than my husband, but he likes that they like it.

  8. My favorite birthday cake changes every year, but my mom always makes me exactly what I’m craving. Last year was strawberry shortcake YUM.

  9. I like chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream on my birthday. I recently made a chocolate stout cake that was pretty amazing. We usually celebrate Valentines day with white cake frosted with vanilla buttercream and coated with coconut.

  10. I’d have to say my favorite birthday cake is chocolate spice cake with a chocolate ganache, or possible a dense chocolate cake with a raspberry lemon filler between the layers!

  11. My favorite birthday cake– coconut cake with 7 minute frosting or chocolate cake with 7 minute frosting or maybe just a bowl of 7 minute frosting!! 🙂

  12. Favorite cake is my Moms black Joe cake. Its got the perfect mix of chocolate and coffee 🙂 You can put any frosting on it I like a home made peanut butter!

  13. My favorite birthday and valentine’s dessert is a multi-layer vanilla flavored cake with some sort of lemon filling ! … or anything chocolate – who am I kidding – I love desserts of all flavors 🙂

  14. my very favorite birthday cake was the coconut cake my grandma would always make me. but this vanilla bean rum cake may be a close second. can’t wait to try this recipe!

  15. Chocolate mousse, even though it is so uninspired, is always always always my favorite dessert on that day and any other lovely day of the year!

  16. My this looks tasty! I was googling vanilla rum cake for my mom’s birthday this weekend. I’m going to try this recipe and thanks for the chance to win!

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