Sir Guy’s Olde Tipsy Rum Cake

           It’s moist, delicious, and like Richard Armitage, gets

           better with age! It’s a great way for an angsty knight

           with a serious sweet tooth to drown his sorrows—so

           to speak.



Small amount of vegetable shortening and flour for preparing pan


1 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped

1 (18 ounces) packaged yellow cake mix with pudding in the mix

4 large eggs

½ cup cold water

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup light or dark rum


½ cup unsalted butter

¼ cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup light or dark rum

Tip: Use standard measuring cups and spoons or scales for accurate measuring.


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare one 9 or 10 inch fluted tube pan; generously grease the pan with shortening and dust with flour.


Sprinkle the nuts over the bottom of the prepared pan.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine cake mix, eggs, water, vegetable oil, and rum; beat until thoroughly mixed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly. Spoon the batter over the nuts and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon.


Bake 1 hour or until a long toothpick, wooden skewer, or cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 or 15 minutes then remove cake from the pan and place the cake on the wire cooling rack to finish cooling.


In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in water and sugar; bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly so mixture does not burn. Remove from heat. Stir in the rum.

Use a long toothpick or skewer to poke several small holes in the top of the cake. Spoon the still warm glaze over the top of the cake and allow to soak in. Repeat until the glaze is used up.

bicardi rum cake

If you’d like to add a tropical twist to Guy’s rum cake (and Guy did once play a pirate in a fanfic I co-authored), then substitute a Key lime cake mix for the regular cake mix and add a box of coconut cream pudding. Use macadamia nuts or almonds instead of pecans or walnuts.
Can’t find a Key lime cake mix? Then use a lemon cake mix, add some Key lime juice and green food coloring!  Since this rum cake is green, it also makes a great St. Patrick’s Day cake!
(You can also make a chocolate rum cake by using a chocolate fudge cake mix and chocolate pudding, a strawberry rum cake using a strawberry cake mix and pudding and so on . . . have fun.)

This recipe and photographs were submitted by Angie K. Long/Fedoralady:

Guy was my gateway to discovery of RA as actor. Six feet two inches of gorgeous black leather-clad alpha male who also possessed vulnerability and sweetness beneath smoulder & swagger. How could I resist? & one thing led to another. Love that RA!

With a swagger, a smoulder and a smirk,




10 thoughts on “Sir Guy’s Olde Tipsy Rum Cake

  1. I love rum cake. The historian in me is squirming, however. I know — not that that bothered the BBC Robin Hood scriptwriters.

  2. Yummy! Must have a go at making this, then sit down to a Guy of Gisbourne, sorry – Robin Hood >_> – marathon whilst I scoff the lot! Good times! 😉

  3. Oh, I can totally make this one, but I’ll have to think of a substitute for the rum. Anyway, I love the Key Lime idea. Guess my new bundt cake pan is getting used soon! The chocolate chip cake with chocolate ganache will have to wait. Thank you! ;D

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