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Moist and delicious, this almost-made-from-scratch Easy Rum Orange Cake starts with a box of yellow cake mix, a package of lemon pudding, and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

But, if you want to make it even easier, skip the fresh-squeezed OJ — it will turn out just as good!

After baking, pour a sweet rum-orange glaze all over the top and let it soak it up. My family loved it!

Easy Rum Orange Cake - Life, Love, and Good Food

Easy Rum Orange Cake

Being that it was birthday week for my hubby and that our daughters were in town for the weekend, we enjoyed a nice brunch on Saturday that ended with this Easy Rum Orange Cake for dessert.  

Yes, we had dessert at breakfast. Don’t judge us. We might even have had another slice before the day ended….oh, well…

Easy Rum Orange Cake - Life, Love, and Good Food

At least we ate the cake with fresh fruit! 

Easy Rum Orange Cake | Life, Love, and Good Food

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Easy Rum Orange Cake - Life, Love, and Good Food

Easy Rum Orange Cake

Easy Rum Orange Cake. This almost-made-from-scratch cake starts with a box of yellow cake mix, a package of lemon pudding, and fresh-squeezed orange juice
4.25 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Cakes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 431 kcal



  • 1 18.25 oz. pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 3 oz. pkg. instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice about 2 medium oranges
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice about 1/2 orange
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons dark rum
  • Confectioners’ sugar for sprinkling


  • Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325 F .
  • In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix. Add 3/4 cup orange juice, oil, eggs and lemon extract. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, cook 1/3 cup orange juice, sugar, butter and rum for two minutes. Drizzle over cake. Sprinkle cake with confectioner sugar just before serving. Delicious with fresh berries and whipped cream



Serving: 1gCalories: 431kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 405mgFiber: 1gSugar: 45g

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Keyword cake, orange, orange juice, rum
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  1. looks and sounds delicious! definitely craving a slice.. rum and orange go so perfectly together!

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe – proportions of ingredients work well, even if you want to adjust the recipe. I used Grand Marnier instead of rum for extra orange flavor but this recipe works well both ways. For a variation, consider adding 1 3/4 tspns of ground/powdered green cardamom seeds (only the black seeds inside the pods) and 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon. Spice cake with a gentle kick from the rum.

  3. 5 stars
    Worked very well and was delicious. There is a lot of glaze and it’s very liquid. I pricked the cake all over with a fork and poured the glaze on very slowly in 3-4 “layers” to get it to soak into the cake. Made it once for dinner at home and twice as a gift. Was very popular each time. I like the idea of using Grand Marnier and might try that. I also froze slices and the cake was perfect after defrosting at room temp for 30 mins.

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