Gluten-Free Caribbean Rum Cake

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This holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a Gluten-Free Caribbean Rum Cake. This Caribbean-Style Rum Cake is a super moist cake infused with sweet butter rum syrup making this cake extra delicious.

In the Caribbean, this rum cake is often served during the Christmas festivities. This most flavourful cake will make a dessert platter stand out from most.


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 What is Caribbean Rum Cake?

If you are unfamiliar with the Caribbean Rum Cake, it is a sponge cake soaked overnight in a sweet butter rum syrup. The rum cake’s flavour intensifies with each day and will keep for several days at room temperature.

This gluten-free dessert is extra special because it has a delicate rum flavour, and the cake is super soft and moist. This holiday dessert is truly outstanding and different from your typical Christmas cakes.


caribbean rum cake


The cake itself is nothing fancy – it is all about the butter rum syrup. To infuse the cake, you will need to poke holes in the cake after baking. The holes allow the cake to absorb the buttery flavourful rum syrup. By soaking the cake with the syrup, the cake becomes super soft, moist and incredibly tasty.


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Is alcohol gluten-free?

Not all alcohol is gluten-free! Even if it is made with wheat, barley or rye, pure distilled liquor is considered gluten-free. Then again, a beer that is often made with wheat or barley is not gluten-free because it is not distilled. Beer is mostly fermented with yeast.

Also, be careful of distilled liquors with added flavourings or other additives because they may not be gluten-free. When it comes to rum, because it is distilled, it is gluten-free. However, some rums are flavoured and often are not gluten-free.


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What about wine? Wine is fermented, not distilled, and most wines are considered gluten-free. Wine is made from naturally gluten-free grapes. But, some brewing processes can result in gluten contamination.

If you are looking for one more gluten-free dessert to add to your dessert platter, this Gluten-Free Caribbean Rum Cake is a must try dessert recipe. This Caribbean dessert is always a huge hit during holiday festivities. Enjoy!


caribbean rum cake, gluten free


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  • 1 1/4 cups coconut sugar or sugar of choice
  • 2 tsp. GF baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1/2 cup (I stick) unsalted butter, softened plus some for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature 
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature 
  • 1/4 cup rum (not flavoured rum)
  • 2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or almonds, or you can use almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 cup rum (not flavoured rum)
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  • Preheat oven to 325 F
  • Using a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, tapioca starch/flour, baking powder and salt
  • Add butter, olive oil and milk and mix using an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add one egg at a time and keep mixing until smooth. Stir in rum and vanilla.
  • Grease a (10 - 12 cup) bundt pan with butter and sprinkle the inside with chopped nuts or almond flour
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 60 minutes. Insert a long toothpick in the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. Remove cake from the oven and place on a cooling rack
  • While the cake is cooling, prepare the butter rum syrup. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in rum
  • While the cake is still a little warm, using a long skewer, poke holes in the cake and pour 1/4 cup of syrup at a time over the cake in the pan until the cake absorbs the syrup. Repeat until syrup is used
  • Loosely cover the cake with plastic wrap and rest overnight at room temperature
  • Using a knife loosen the edges of the cake and invert onto a plate. Wrap the cake with plastic wrap until ready to serve. The cake will keep up to seven days at room temperature
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    11 Responses to Gluten-Free Caribbean Rum Cake

    • Diane December 19, 2020

      Can this be made in a different kind of pan? I don’t own a bundt pan.

      • Kristina December 19, 2020

        you can use a round pan with removable bottom or a square pan lined with parchment paper. The cake will take longer to bake, I am not sure how much longer, but probably another 15 minutes. Be sure to do the toothpick test. If the top of the cake starts to get too dark, cover the cake loosely with foil paper. Good luck

    • Sonja January 16, 2021


    • Debbie January 27, 2021

      I have been looking for a gluten-free rum cake recipe and this sounds perfect. Thank you

    • Nancy February 2, 2021

      Love this! My 14 year old daughter followed the recipe and amd made it for new Years Eve… It was sooo delicious! So much for the 5 pounds I lost before the holidays…!

      • Kristina February 2, 2021

        Thank you, I know how you feel, but sometimes we have to spoil ourselves, as long as we get back on track!

    • Nia February 20, 2021

      I never get to eat rum cake! As huge fans of Tortuga rum cake, my family absolutely loved this! I usually watch them eating rum cake in envy but this time I got to eat it! Honestly this recipe is so easy to make, and the end result is delicious! Thank you so much!
      This Welsh girl is extremely happy!

      • Kristina February 22, 2021

        thank you for letting me know, your comments are much appreciated!

    • Kendra February 22, 2021

      Best rum cake I have ever tasted!

    • Annja September 19, 2021

      a stunning rum cake, I had no idea that gluten-free cakes can taste this good. Thank you so much for this recipe

      • Kristina September 19, 2021

        thank you Annja xx

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