Butterscotch Rum Pound Cake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 54 min
Cooling Time: 45 min
Yields: 12 to 16 servings


This velvety Butterscotch Rum Pound Cake is flavored with sour cream, dark rum and butterscotch morsels. A drizzle of butterscotch glaze is the crowning touch.


  • 1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels, divided
  • 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • GLAZE (recipe below)
  • Chopped nuts (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 10-inch bundt pan.

MICROWAVE 1 1/3 cups morsels in uncovered microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring until melted. Cool to room temperature.

COMBINE cake mix, eggs, sour cream, milk, rum, butter and melted morsels in large mixer bowl. Beat on low speed just until moistened. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup nuts. Pour into prepared bundt pan.

BAKE for 50 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely; transfer to serving platter. Pour Glaze over cake; sprinkle with chopped nuts.

remaining morsels and 1 to 2 tablespoons milk in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 30 seconds; STIR. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes.


by d. dina , mount juliet, TN on Dec. 2010

This is an incredible cake. Be sure to display it on a nice cake plate for the syrup pools around the cake and makes a great presentation!

Sinfully delicious

by P. Pat , Knoxville TN on Dec. 2009

Christmas Day, served this to a house full of Baptists! The cake received rave reviews. And, it is so-o-o easy to make. Why not use rum in place of milk in glaze??


by D. DIANE , WOODBINE, GA on Jun. 2009

This is my younger daughter's favorite. She has requested that I make it for her rehersal dinner for her wedding!

Perfect Gift for Holidays!

by N. Nagisa , Saint Leonard, MD on Nov. 2008

I made this a few years ago as Christmas gift for my neighbors and friends. I used 5.75 x 3 in. mini loaf pans to make mini pound cakes. I put cakes in mini ceramic thing (I don't know how you call it) they sell at craft stores, which are the perfect size for these cakes. Then I wrapped them with cellophane and decorated with ribbons of holiday colors. They come out so nice and make perfect gifts. My friends were so impressed - they said that should quit my job and start business doing this. I recommend this to anyone who want to impress some people this holiday seasons!


by S. SUSAN , Massillon, OH on Aug. 2008

i have made this cake-was just fabulous and everyone was very pleased with it-would very much share this recipe with anyone and i have!!!not difficult either.


by g. giovanna , N Hollywood, CA on Aug. 2008


A Big Hit!

by H. Heather , Woodbine, MD on Jul. 2008

I made this to take into work and it was a huge hit- even with "non-butterscotch" people. I've even been asked to make several more for one of my co-worker's wedding receptions! It was very easy, moist, and different than the average bundt cake.

Very pleasing and quite tasty

by S. Shauna , WEST SACRAMENTO, CA on Dec. 2007

My husband loves butterscotch and this cake was perfect for him. It came together very easily and was quite tasty. The fragrance of the rum was incredible and the cake was extremely moist. I garnished with the glaze, chopped pecans and 5 pecan halves. I would recommend this recipe to anyone for a casual family dessert, a potluck offering or an elegant holiday dinner.

Pound Cake

by S. Sarah , KINGWOOD, TX on Nov. 2007

Fantastic recipe!!!!! Tastes even better the few days following. Baked this for Thanksgiving as an alternative to pumkin pie's and cakes ect....Definately a good chioce!!

Terrific Cake

by D. Diane , LIVINGSTON, WI on Nov. 2007

I made this cake for work and everyone loved it. It is wonderfully easy to make also. The cake is very moist and has great flavor.