Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 12 servings

Coffee Baba au Rhum is our shortcut revival of the original sophisticated French confection. You'll earn "ooh la las" from your luncheon or teatime crowd when your serve them servings of Coffee Baba au Rhum.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together yolks and granulated sugar until mixture is thick and pale (about 2 minutes). Stir in coffee extract. Sift together flour and next 3 ingredients; gently stir into yolk mixture until just blended. Stir in butter and milk until just blended.

Step 2

Whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third egg whites into yolk mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites. Pour into a well-buttered 10-cup Bundt pan.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. (Do not remove from pan.)

Step 4

Meanwhile, bring brown sugar and brewed coffee to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rum. Reserve 2 cups syrup. Return pan to stove top; cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Step 5

Pierce cake 10 to 15 times using a skewer. Pour reserved 2 cups thin syrup over cake. Let stand 15 minutes. Invert cake onto a serving platter. Spoon desired amount of thickened syrup over cake. Reserve remaining syrup for another use (such as topping pancakes).

Step 6

*The rum is optional. Replace it with an additional 1/2 cup brewed coffee, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

CW1979's Review

July 13, 2014
This cake turned out to be a disaster. The recipe is poorly written and I agree with the previous reviewer that the batter was more like cookie dough. The recipe indicates than the bundt pan should be well buttered. I certainly buttered the pan enough. Apparently that didn't help as it still stuck to bottom of the pan. The coffee syrup just soaked the cake. Not making it moist like a typical rum cake, but drenched it. So pretty much all I have is wet cake, that kind of tastes like coffee. I love Southern Living recipes, but this pretty much was the worst.

TheMomChef's Review

March 07, 2014
This cake is as delicious as it is beautiful. I made it yesterday and we loved it. The directions for prep are a little unique, but work. Up until the point that I added the whipped egg whites, I felt like I was making cookie dough. My big piece of advice is to watch the coffee syrup closely when it comes near to boiling. It can boil over in a heartbeat (not that I know from experience). You can read my entire review at Taking On Magazines:

Chica1000's Review

February 07, 2014