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!
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!
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!
GIVEAWAY... For this
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
- 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!)
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:
Spanish Almond Cake – Tarta de Santiago
Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Pomegranates
Mmmmmm I want that for breakfast right now.
I think it would make a fine breakfast 😉
Looks divine. The sauce and toppings seem like they pair perfectly. I love making bday cakes for friends and family, too. It’s my favorite gift to give. 🙂
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.
What a sweet memory!
Beautiful! Vanilla and rum would be a nice change from my usual bday request, peanut butter!
Peanut Butter sounds like a yummy cake to me!
This looks divine. My dad’s birthday is today, maybe I need to get baking!
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.
i love a good fruit basket cake
YUM! I love lemon cake for birthdays. But this one looks fantastic – I’ll have to try it for the next birthday in our family!
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.
that sounds so good Megan!
Congratulations Megan, you are one of the winners! Please email me your address so we can send you your gift!
Looks good. My favorite cake is hummingbird cake.
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!!
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.
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 🙁
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.
I need to try making angel food cake from scratch! It’s one of my favorites too!
My favorite birthday cake changes every year, but my mom always makes me exactly what I’m craving. Last year was strawberry shortcake YUM.
I love the looks of this cake – this year I am making a hazelnut crepe cake for valentine’s day!
I’ve always wanted to try a crape cake! you’ll have to let me know how it turns out! Hazelnut sounds like the perfect flavor!
Beautiful….I think pomegranates just elevate any dish. I plan on making some favorite cherry cupcakes for V-day this year.
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.
Wow! That does sound perfect for Valentines Day!
Congratulations Jeffrey, you are one of the winners! Please email me at beckyros at gmail with your address so Rodelle can send you your gift!
not a cake person myself so no favorites – a nice crumble or cookie is what I would want.
Fruit cakes are definitely my favorite for any occasion:)
My favorite birthday cake is a double decker chocolate cake that my mom makes. We just refer to it as “The Cake”!
I love that!!!
I love Italian Cream for my birthday!
Macarons are my favorite desert… anytime.
Can’t go wrong with macarons!
momofuku birthday cake of course!
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!
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!! 🙂
What’s this magical 7 minute frosting you speak of?!! Please do share a link to the recipe if you have it!
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!
Yes to all of that… chocolate, coffee and peanut butter – WOW, what a combo!
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 🙂
Your comment made me laugh!!! I love ALL desserts too 🙂
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!
Coconut Cake sounds fabulous – you must make Matt make that one for you!!
I love a moist cinnamon swirl cake!
I love molten chocolate cakes.
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!
Congratulations Isabelle, you are one of the three winners! Please email me at beckyros at gmail with your address. thanks!
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!
Love the pom finish.
I like making lava cakes! Always elegant
Wow!! Can’t wait to try this!! Its great idea!! Wow very amazing Article.