ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Coconut-Macadamia Nut Pound Cake

Photo: Linda Pugliese, Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Buffy Hargett Miller

Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 35 mins

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Lightly toasting the macadamia nuts brings out their rich, buttery flavor.


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup gold rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup chopped roasted, salted macadamia nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • Shortening
  • Snowy Rum Glaze
  • Garnishes: toasted coconut, chopped macadamia nuts

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.

  2. Add flour to butter mixture alternately with rum, beginning and ending with flour. Beat batter at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into a well-greased (with shortening) and floured 15-cup Bundt pan.

  3. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours). Spoon Snowy Rum Glaze over cooled cake.