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Chocolate Rum Cake

Chocolate Rum Cake that is a moist and decadent cake that tastes better the longer it sits. The chocolate rum syrup soaks into the cake and keeps the cake soft and tender. 

chocolate rum cake

I’ve heard that in Germany there is a tradition that each afternoon, you enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Kaffee und kuchen. I feel like since I will be living in Germany this summer, I need to start embracing the German way of life as soon as possible. This tradition will begin today and every afternoon henceforth.

It sounds like a perfectly lovely thing to do to, doesn’t it? I like the idea of taking a break in the middle of the workday to refresh and regroup. And it doesn’t hurt that I really like coffee and cake. This is a win-win.

chocolate rum cake

After reading this article, it isn’t a specific cake that is consumed, it can be any cake you like. If you are like me and like a boozy cake, my chocolate rum cake recipe is the one for you. Maybe this is less of a weekday workday cake and more of a lazy weekend cake?

Regardless, this cake is incredible. It is a super moist (sorry, I know that is a polarizing word, but it is what it is) cake that actually gets better after it sits for a day or two.

This recipe is a little different than most cake recipes. You actually let this cake cool completely and put it back in its cake pan. You pour over a chocolate rum syrup and let it soak in overnight. You then turn the cake back out and dust it with powdered sugar before you serve it. It packs a (rum) punch and is an excellent cake to go along with a steamy cup of coffee.

Chocolate Rum Cake

chocolate rum cake

This post is sponsored by Dixie Crystals Sugar.

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  1. Evana

    February 16th, 2017 at 5:21 am

    This cake looks amazing, Bree!its wonderful how you’re embracing German traditions already!

  2. bakedbree

    February 24th, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you!

  3. Katie

    February 20th, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    This looks delicious! I don’t have a bundt pan at home, is there any reason I couldn’t make this as a sheet cake?

  4. bakedbree

    February 24th, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    You can try, but I can’t promise how well it will work. You need the deep bundt pan to let the syrup soak in.

  5. Kristin

    March 30th, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Coffee and cake everyday when we go visit our family in Germany. So fun! And delicious…

  6. bakedbree

    April 1st, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I cannot wait! It’s a tradition that I can really get behind.

  7. Erica

    May 14th, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I am often stove a chocolate cake too, a bit other, without a rum, and from above I inundate a glaze. It is yet possible to put a cherry or nuts in him. Too deliciously. A chocolate cake likes always all. Yet from the same dough it is possible to be stove a cake with cream, a new recipe will turn out

  8. bakedbree

    May 16th, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Yes, it is so versatile!

  9. Sook Yuen Foo

    March 31st, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for the recipe Bree. Baking this cake for my daughter’s 23rd birthday….

  10. bakedbree

    April 5th, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Hope she likes it!

  11. Joylan D'Souza

    October 1st, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Hi Bree, this cake is super awesome. Tried it last week for my son’s birthday. What I want to know is, after pouring the syrup and letting it soak, the cake was very moist and I couldn’t take it out of the pan, I used an 8 inch square. Can I reduce some of the liquid in the syrup? Thanks

  12. bakedbree

    October 1st, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    You can reduce the amount of syrup but it probably didn’t come out because it is supposed to be baked in a bundt pan.

  13. JH

    October 22nd, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Would the cake stand up to doubling the amount of chocolate rum syrup, to increase the rum kick? I’d like to see how much extra rum I could get into the cake without over-saturating it.

  14. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I don’t think so. I think that it is pretty wet as written. I’m afraid it would fall apart with that much liquid.

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