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Rum Raisin Coffee Cake +Video

    Are you looking for something delicious to try? When it comes to breakfast foods, there is something that never fails us and that something is coffee cake! One of my all time favorite coffee cake recipes is Rum Raisin Coffee Cake. In no time, this will be your favorite coffee cake too!

    The key to this moist coffee cake are the rum soaked raisins and sour cream. The cinnamon crumb topping and icing burst with flavor.

    Rum Raisin Coffee Cake

    Coffee cake is always great for get-together! If you’re having a lot of people over, it’s one of those breakfast foods that everyone loves. Plus, you can make a lot of it and feed as many people as you want. I don’t think there is anything as fabulous as a cup of coffee and raisin coffee cake. Is there?

    I started making coffee cake when my kids were little because it was just something that was inexpensive, yet easy. I didn’t need a lot of fancy ingredients and it always came together nicely. It’s truly amazing how easy some recipes can be! This is one of them.

    As the school year progresses, I’m always signing up to cook something for teacher appreciation and fundraisers. If you’re looking for something you can make cheap and everyone will love, this is it.

    Photo of a table with two coffee cups and a coffe cake with a slice removed and served on a plate. Mauve roses and baby's breath in the background.

    I have to say that Rum Raisin Coffee Cake may sound like a mouthful with the rum and raisin, but the flavors come together so nicely. Whenever I make this for others, they constantly compliment the recipe and talk about how the flavors are so perfect together. The first bite that you take of this coffee cake will be perfectly delicious.

    This Rum Raisin Coffee Cake puts a twist on a kitchen staple recipe. It’s still the same delicious coffee cake that you love, but with a twist! Let’s get started on making this scrumptious recipe.

    How to Make Rum Raisin Coffee Cake

    You’re probably anxious about getting this recipe started. I mean, my mouth is watering, when it comes to coffee cake, it’s the one dessert that I’m always in a hurry to make. That first bite is always worth it!

    Keep in mind that this recipe is split into 4 different sections. You’ll be making the Rum Raisins, the cake, topping, and the glaze. Making coffee cake may sound complicated, but I’ve broken everything down for you, so it’s easy to make!

    A place setting photo with cups of coffee and a slice of coffee cake.

    You can have a complicated “recipe” like coffee cake, but still make it easy, which is what I aim to do. Because this cake part of the recipe is a little more complicated, you’ll be able to read the directions below.

    How to Make Rum Raisins

    Have you ever had rum raisins? If not, you’re in for a treat! These raisins are created by using golden raisins, regular raisins, and warm rum.

    You’re going to cover and let stand for 20 minutes. From there, you’ll drain the mixture, but keep 2 teaspoons of the liquid. Finally, stir reserved liquid and brown sugar into raisins.

    Wow, this mixture is AMAZING and really helps bring this coffee cake to life.

    How to Make Rum Raisin Coffee Cake Glaze

    The glaze is one of the most important parts of the whole recipe. Plus, you’ve most likely made glaze before, so it’s super easy.

    In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk and rum until combined. YUM. More flavor mixing that will help this recipe turn out amazing.

    A rum raisin coffee cake with white icing drizzled on top sitting on a wooden cutting board in front of three cups of coffee.

    How to Make the Rum Raisin Coffee Cake Topping

    I think that my favorite part of coffee cake is the topping. This topping is easy to make. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir in butter until well combined. Stir in walnuts.

    An single slice of a sour cream coffee cake on a white plate.

    Does Coffee Cake Have Coffee In It?

    Many of you are probably wondering what in the world is in coffee cake? Well, it’s not always made for coffee. One of the reasons it’s called coffee cake is that it’s always paired with coffee or it’s more of a breakfast food.

    Either way, I think the name is perfect and whoever came up with this name, totally nailed it. This particular recipe is coffee cake with sour cream. I never thought I’d use sour cream in a recipe, but it’s very good!

    Have you ever made Rum Raisin Coffee Cake? Did you love it? I’d love to hear all about your favorite coffee cake recipes!

    This Rum Raisin Coffee Cake is perfect for your ladies day brunch or family dessert.

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    Rum Raisin Coffee Cake

    A rum raisin coffee cake with white icing drizzled on top sitting on a wooden cutting board in front of three cups of coffee.

    When it comes to breakfast foods, there is something that never fails us and that something is this Rum Raisin Coffee Cake!

    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 55 minutes
    Additional Time 1 hour
    Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


    Rum Raisins

    • ½ cup spice rum, warmed
    • ½ cup raisins
    • ½ cup golden raisins
    • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed


    • 1 cup butter, unsalted, softened
    • 1 ½ cups sugar, white granulated
    • ½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon rum
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt


    • ½ cup flour, all-purpose
    • ¼ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ cup butter, unsalted, softened
    • ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped


    • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
    • 1 ½ tablespoons milk
    • 1 ½ tablespoons rum


      Rum Raisins

    1. In a small bowl, stir together raisins, golden raisins and warm rum
    2. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes
    3. Drain


    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt
    2. Stir in butter until well combined
    3. Stir in walnuts


    1. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk and rum until combined


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
    2. Spray 10 inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray
    3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes
    4. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition
    5. Beat in sour cream, vanilla and rum
    6. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt
    7. Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture, beating just until combined
    8. Spread half of the batter into prepared pan
    9. Sprinkle with rum raisins
    10. Top with remaining batter, spreading evenly to edges to pan
    11. Sprinkle with topping
    12. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
    13. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove from pan to cooling rack
    14. Drizzle with Rum Glaze
    15. Serve warm or room temperature
    16. Store leftovers in refrigerator

    Rum Raisin Coffee Cake collage with images of ingredients and layers of making the cake.

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    Karyn Granrud

    Karyn Granrud

    I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

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      1. As long as the cake is stored in an airtight container, it will last a few days on the counter. Cake will dry out when stored in the fridge, however, you can rewarm it in the microwave to help with that.

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