I married into this recipe, how great is that? I don’t know when it started, but the Liefeld family was making this cake for every birthday when I met them. I love my family-in-law.
Besides being quick and easy (my two favorite things in a recipe, generally), this cake is also (a) delicious, (b) doesn’t need frosting, and (c) tastes even better on day two, if there is any left. Oh, and versatile, I almost left out versatile! The original recipe calls for rum, but I have also swapped out the rum for chocolate liqueur and cassis (black currant liqueur), left out the nuts, and tossed in some white chocolate chips with the semisweet. I can also imagine it with a nice dark porter in place of the rum, some toasted walnuts and big chocolate chunks . . . or if you want something less alcohol-y, maybe some chai tea in place of the rum/liqueur. Or, if you want something with a deeper chocolate flavor, use a chocolate cake mix instead of yellow cake. Oh, so many yummy options.
Darn it, now I wish I hadn’t given away that last piece . . .
Oh, and in the spirit of “don’t do what I did”–which really deserves an entire series of posts from me–keep in mind that if you mix in a bunch of chocolate chips, they will fall to the bottom of the batter and may stick to the pan during baking. Which means if you use a fancy pan, like I did, your cake will probably fall apart, like mine did. Fortunately, this is a very moist cake and you can patch it right back together. And then dust it with powdered sugar. Just don’t look too close. Really, it’s perfect.
Chocolate Rum Cake
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
- 6 Tbsp rum
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips and nuts. Beat on medium high speed for 5 minutes, until thick and glossy. Mix in chocolate chips and nuts, or any other add-ins. Pour into greased bundt cake pan, filling only 2/3 full (bake any extra batter in a separate pan). Bake at 350 for approximately an hour, checking every 10 minutes after 30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.