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Skinny, Lightened-Up Puerto Rican Rum Cake with Butter Glaze

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This skinny, lightened-up Puerto-Rican rum cake was my saving grace this past weekend. It was Father’s Day weekend. Every holiday I feel like my friends and family look to me and wonder what I am going to cook up next. I LOVE to prepare a dish that tap dances along the edges of the danger zone. “Danger zone,” because I am guilty of bringing lightened-up food to events without mentioning a word before-hand. 

Usually, I bring a typical dish you would normally see at family functions. I almost never mention I “snatched” the recipe and made the dish more suitable for everyone’s waistline. I like to gauge the reactions of others, first. As they are taking bites of what I prepared, I stare directly into their mouths. I watch their eyes, hoping for a smize. I then wait for someone to yell out the dish tastes funny….or that it is missing something. This has yet to happen! At some point, I tell everyone the dish is on the healthier side. I explain what I did to modify the dish, etc. 

I am always greeted with the same response: “I do not believe you. This tastes too good.”  🙂 This truly keeps motivated. This motivation continues to fuel my desire to deliver healthy recipes to this blog each and every week.

Cal: 216   Fat: 7G    Net Carbs: 36G    Protein: 4G

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Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Sprinkle the pecans throughout. Don’t worry! They will turn out pretty in the end.

skinny lightened up puerto rican rum cake

Next, combine all of the cake ingredients and beat on high for 2 minutes. Bake for 60 minutes.

skinny lightened up puerto rican rum cake

 

skinny lightened up puerto rican rum cake

 

skinny lightened up puerto rican rum cake

 

 

skinny lightened up puerto rican rum cake

 

I used sugar-free yellow cake mix in this recipe. This was my first time going with sugar-free. Typically, when I create a recipe I brainstorm many different ways I can modify an ingredient, or remove it entirely. With cakes and dessert, sugar is usually the culprit of why the calories and overall grams of sugar are through the roof. After coming up with my first draft of ingredients and reviewing the macros, I noticed a large source of the sugar came from the cake mix.

I planned to add additional sugar to the mix while prepping. Why did the cake mix have so much of it already?! I immediately went on the hunt for reduced-sugar cake mix and stumbled upon a sugar-free yellow cake option. Definitely look into this! I used Pillsbury. 

skinny lightened up puerto rican rum cake

The wonderful folks at Don-Q were kind enough to provide me the rum used for this recipe. I have been able to sample 4 different types of Puerto-Rican rum from Don-Q. Each flavor was unique and absolutely delicious. I chose the Don Q Añejo to create this recipe. Fabulous idea! It pairs wonderfully.

 

skinny lightened up puerto rican rum cake

The rum butter glaze is my favorite part of this recipe. Using a cooking brush for the glaze allows it to seep directly into its pores. You can taste the rum in every single bite. I recommend you make your cake well in advance of when you plan to eat it. The longer the cake sits after you glaze, the more your cake will taste of rum.

This cake was such a hit! I suggest this rum for use in your cake. The flavor is potent, but not at all overwhelming.

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Skinny, Lightened-Up Puerto Rican Rum Cake with Butter Glaze

Skinny, Lightened-Up Puerto Rican Rum Cake with Butter Glaze makes the Caribbean perfect guilt-free dessert perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy rum cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 216kcal

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box sugar-free yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 box sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup Don Q rum

Glaze

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Don Q rum

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  • Sprinkle the chopped nuts throughout the bottom of the pan.
  • Mix all of the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat the batter for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the batter in the pan covering the nuts. 
  • Bake for 60 minutes.
  • Cool the pan on a baking rack for 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn the pan over on a serving plate and remove the cake.

Glaze

  • Melt the butter on medium-high heat in a saucepan. Add the water and sugar.
  • Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the rum.
  • Using a cooking brush, spread the glaze over the top of the cake and along the sides.
  • Serve!

Notes

I recommend you make your cake well in advance of when you plan to eat it. The longer the cake sits after you glaze, the more your cake will taste of rum.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Calories: 216kcal
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Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

I can't believe you can get a skinny version of a rum cake. What a brilliant recipe

Kristen from The Road to Domestication

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

I'm gonna have to share this with my cousins! At Christmas we get together and make our grandma's rum balls. This should be added to our menu LOL

steve walters

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Oh my god, this looks sooo incredible! I can't wait to make this.

Lyndsey

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Wowsa! This looks incredible and topped with pecans, how dreamy. I'm definitely going to make it!

Annie @ Annie's Noms

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Yep, I feel just the same around holidays! Like it's expected that I'll make something. I mean, I usually do and I don't really mind, but I often have a few days where I'm like "Aghh what do I make?!?!" - this cake looks beautiful though and I just love that it's skinny! I have a wedding dress to fit into soon, but I still want to enjoy cake!

staysnatched

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Congrats on the upcoming wedding! I have a bridesmaids dress to fit in THIS Saturday. So I need skinny options, too!