Monday, November 20, 2023

Mini Almond Rum Cakes #CakeSliceBakers

You can make this easy and delicious cake in a 9" round cake pan for serving up as your holiday dessert or to take to a potluck but I chose to make 12 mini-cakes for inclusion on my dessert buffets and gifting to hosts at holiday parties.

Mini Almond Rum Cakes

It's time for the Cake Slice Bakers.......

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Gâteau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes by Aleksandra Crapanzano. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Gâteau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes - and our choices for November 2023 were ~

Spice Cake

Coconut Yule Log with Yuzu Buttercream
Almond Rum Cake

Almond Rum Cake

I am in full-on Holiday mode here on the Farm.  I have been planning parties and menus.  I have been practicing our carols and hymns for visiting area senior complexes, our Advent concert, and Christmas Mass.  I have been shopping and seeking out that perfect gift that will light up the eyes of those that I love.  And I have been baking.

I like to start my Holiday baking early, making things that freeze well and can be made in individual or small portions.  These baked goods can then come out for the dessert buffets that are served at my gatherings, placed onto decorative trays or into baskets to take as host gifts when attending gatherings at family and friends, and/or gifted to others as a token of love and appreciation.

Almond Rum Cake pin

So when I chose my cake from this month's selection it was with gifting and giving in mind.  I decided to make the cake in a decorative mini-cake tin.  The recipe makes enough batter for 12 mini cakes and each cake can serve 2 if the person gifted wishes to share. 

I made a couple of small adaptations to the recipe.  The recipe called for 2 1/2 cups of almond flour and 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour.  I only had 2 cups of almond flour left in my cupboard so I increased the proportion of the all-purpose flour.  The cake still turned out with a beautiful crumb. 

I also substituted pink peppercorns for the black and used 2 large lemons for the zest and juice instead of 4 smaller lemons.

Desserts, Cakes, Rum, Holidays,
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Almond Rum Cake

Almond Rum Cake

Almond flour and a healthy dose of rum both in the batter and as a soak for the cake create a delicious, boozy dessert perfect for the holidays.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 25 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 45 M


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • zest of 2 large lemons
  • 2 c. almond flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 + 2/3 c. flour
  • 6 T. dark rum
Soaking Syrup
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 T. whole allspice berries
  • 1 T. pink peppercorns
  • 1/2 c. dark rum
  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • 1-2 c. powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt


  1. In large bowl of stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and zest until light and fluffy.
  2. Reduce mixer speed to low. Stir in the almond flour and salt, increase speed beat until incorporated.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat on medium-high speed until the batter is pale and has increased in volume. Reduce speed to low and stir in the flour just until incorporated. Add the rum and continue to mix until integrated.
  4. Divide the batter between 12 mini cake pans that have been treated with baking spray. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center removes cleanly.
  5. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack while you make the soaking syrup.
Soaking Syrup
  1. In a saucepan with high sides, combine the sugar, water, allspice and peppercorns. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  2. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, stirring often until liquid is reduced.
  3. Off heat, stir in the rum. Return the pan to the stove top and cook over medium heat for another 2 minutes.
  4. Strain the syrup over a fine into a small bowl.
  5. Turn the cakes onto the wire rack, and then flip over so that the bottom side of the cakes are facing up. Brush the syrup over the bottoms of the cakes until absorbed and then brush the cakes with syrup a second time.
  6. Allow the cakes to cool completely on the wire racks and for the syrup to be completely absorbed before turning top side up onto serving plates or platters.
  1. Place the lemon juice into a small bowl. Sift 1 1/2 c. of the powdered sugar over the juice and stir until smooth. Add more sugar if needed until the glaze is at your desired consistency. Stir in a pinch of salt.
  2. Pour the glaze over the top of the cakes, using a small spoon.


Adapted from Gateau by Aleksandra Crapanzano

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

26.85 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

11.09 g

Carbs (grams)

48.45 g

Fiber (grams)

2.45 g

Net carbs

46.01 g

Sugar (grams)

43.52 g

Protein (grams)

7.06 g

Sodium (milligrams)

161.14 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

122.51 mg


  1. Your little cakes are just perfect, Wendy! And I love the idea of giving them as gifts!

  2. I love your little cake shapes! You are a busy girl getting ready for the holidays!

    1. It will be nonstop now but I'm taking a break this week visiting my son.


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