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Amazing Italian Rum Cake


This Italian rum cake is made with three layers of sponge cake, each layer is spread with rum syrup and cream filling. It's a beautiful yet delicious cake that surprises everyone at any occasion.















Sponge cake
6 large eggs
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups sugar
cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Rum syrup
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
4 ounces light rum
Cream filling
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 large eggs
1 quart milk
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate


The Cake:

Beat egg yolks, add water and ¾ cup sugar. Beat until thick. Add vanilla, flour and baking powder, mix well. Clean blades and beat egg whites until frothy.

Add rest of sugar, beat until stiff but not dry. Fold into yolk mixture. Bake in spring form pan 50 to 60 minutes at 325 degrees F .

Rum Syrup:

Boil water with sugar 3 to 4 minutes. Cool and add rum. When cake is cool split into 3 layers.

Make the filling:

Cream sugar, cornstarch, salt and eggs to make a smooth thick paste. Set aside.

Scald milk and butter. Add paste to milk while still over heat. Cook, stir with wire whisk until thick and smooth.

Cover with wax paper right on filling until cool. When cool, add flavoring. Divide Filling in half and add chocolate to half.

Now sprinkle ⅓ of syrup on bottom layer and spread with vanilla filling. Put on second layer, sprinkle with ⅓ more of the syrup and add chocolate filling. Invert top layer and put on rest of syrup.

Frost with whipped cream. Garnish with strawberries.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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followed steps to a tee,only problem was whenI got to the filling step it said what to add an when,flour was listed in the filling section but never said when it was to be added,everything else was mentioned,so I added it to the paste step

over 12 years ago

Marguerite Lee

Thank you. Missing photo, close to childhood Italian Rum Cake delight served at family celebrations growing up in Phila. Am still looking for the recipe lost in my several moves from there. Thank you so much.

almost 12 years ago

Italian Restaurants Niagara Fa

It is good to find out the recipe of the Italian rum cake as i am a great lover of Italian food.

over 9 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 202g (7.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 37014% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Sugars g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10% Iron 8%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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