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Does anyone remember butter rum flavored Life Savers candy? (By the way, what happened to those? I haven’t seen them in years.) When I was a kid, my grandmother always used to have a roll (or two) tucked away in her purse, and they made an exceptional (albeit, very rare) treat when my sister and I could convince my mom to let my grandmother give us one! (I guess my mom ran a pretty tight ship, lol.)


Because of that candy, butter-rum is one of my favorite flavors, and I thought why not turn it into a cake? With its moist, dense texture and buttery flavor, this cake is very similar to pound cake but with the added lovely aroma and flavor of butter-rum. Topped with whipped cream or a drizzle of maple syrup, it makes a lovely holiday dessert, or eaten as-is, it’s a wonderful afternoon treat with a cup of tea.

I’m going to be taking a little break from blogging for the holidays, but I plan to be back around the first of the year (I might sneak in a post before then if I get the chance though!).

I’m wishing all of you a joyous time with family and friends…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 


Butter-Rum Brown Sugar Cake
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Yield: 3 mini loaves (the mini loaf pans I use are 5¾ inches long X 3 inches wide X 2 inches deep); makes about 12 servings
  • ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus a little more to grease the pans
  • 1 cup (215 g) brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter-flavored extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum-flavored extract
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk
  • 2 cups (255 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F; lightly grease 3 mini loaf pans with butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, and extracts until light and fluffy, then beat in the milk.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk or sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet, being careful not to over-mix.
  5. Divide the batter between the 3 loaf pans and bake until golden, about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean or with just a couple crumbs.
  6. Cool 10 minutes in the pans, then remove from the pans and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Butter rum flavored Life Savers, wow I have not thought about those in forever…I loved them too :) And I love this cake…delightful!
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

  2. A belated Merry Christmas to you! I love the flavors in your gorgeous bread, way better than the candy which is pretty good too!

  3. Happy Holidays Faith ;) Hope you’ve had lots of fun!

    Love anything made out of brown sugar hehe and with run perfect!

    Looking forward to your book and other great posts in the new year!

  4. Ooo, that cake looks divine. The flavors sound delicious, and the texture looks perfect.
    Oh, and happy holidays!

  5. Butter-Rum Brown Sugar Cake & Merry Christmas to you too! :7)

  6. butter-rum is one of those flavors that i always find pleasant, regardless of the fact that i can barely tolerate the taste of rum! this is a delightful cake, faith. :)

  7. Moist and light! I would love a slice now for the breakfast!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. I DO remember that flavor of Lifesavers. What a nostalgic taste memory. As much as I loved those hard candies, I think I love this cake even more. Merry Christmas to you! ;)

  9. I remember those candies – they were my favorite. My grandmother always had them as well – tucked into her robe pocket with tissues. so funny! Merry Christmas Faith!!

  10. I do remember butter rum lifesavers! They were my mother in law’s very favorite and she always kept a roll of them handy. I think of her every time I taste that distinctive flavor. :) I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and all the blessings of the season! :)

  11. Looks like one gorgeous cake! Texture is everything for pound cake, and I’d say you’ve nailed it here. I’ve never seen said Lifer Savers, but I’m willing to bet your cakes are at least 20x better, no contest. :)

  12. I do remember those Life Savers and loved ’em! So happy you made a cake that mimics that flavor. Happy Holidays Faith & I look forward to see what you will be posting in the new year. xo

  13. I still buy butter rum lifesavers for my 95-year old mom. They come in bags in the candy aisle. This cake looks perfect for Christmas morning! Merry Christmas.

  14. YES I remember those and they were my favorite lifesaver flavor! My grandpa always used to have the peppermint ones with him though. Still good, but not as fun.

    This pound cake sounds delicious! I’m sure it would give me a flashback to the flavor of yore.

  15. What a great pound cake. I remember making hot buttered rums. Merry Christmas to you. Happy eating over holidays.

  16. I haven’t thought of that candy is a long time but I loved it too! The cake looks so good too! I hope you and your family has a very Merry Christmas!

  17. Merry Christmas Faith, have a great time with your loved ones and get back fresh and full of energy! The cake as always superb!

  18. This cake looks like perfect for the festive season! Hope you have a fabulous Christmas, look forward to reading more in 2012!

  19. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year! There are wonderful (and sweet!) things ahead in 2012 for you, I can promise you that. :)

  20. A wonderful cake!

    Merry Christmas!



  21. I used to loveee those lifesavors-totally forgot about them! Te bread looks just perfect-I would like a slice for breakfast! happy holidays!!!!!!

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