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Chocolaty-Peanut Butter Encrusted Rum Cake

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Medium

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 50-60 minutes plus up to 6 hours resting and sitting in refrigerator

Servings: 10-12


  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup divided water
  • 1 1/2 oz milk chocolate candy bar, plus 4 oz for glaze
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 package yellow cake mix with pudding in the mix
  • 1 3/4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup light rum divided
  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon for second glaze butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanut butter candy, divided
  • 1/8 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup


Preheat oven to 325 °F.

Lightly spray coat of nonstick spray, then butter and flour bottom of bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped pecans onto the buttered pan.

To make the batter, melt 1 1/2 oz chocolate with 1/4 cup water by microwaving it for approximately 30 seconds and stir. In large mixing bowl, add melted chocolate mixture, eggs, oil, cake mix, pudding and 1/2 cup rum. Mix well. Pour batter in bundt pan and cook for 50 to 60 minutes.

To make the primary glaze, gently boil 1 stick butter, sugar, 1/2 cup rum, 1/4 cup water and crushed 1/4 cup crushed peanut butter candy bar. When cake is ready, remove from oven and place on foil-covered hot plate. Prick top of cake with fork several times around top. Pour glaze over top of cake, saturating evenly. Use all of the glaze.

Let it sit for 25 to 30 minutes. Get cake plate and put serving side down over top of bundt cake pan, thus inverting cake. Cover cake plate with dome and let sit 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

To make the secondary glaze, melt 4 oz milk chocolate candy bar, half and half, 1 tablespoon butter, 1/4 cup water and chocolate syrup. Stir well, then heavily drizzle glaze over top of cake and down the sides.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of crushed peanut butter crunch bar over top and let fall down sides. Serve.