Tortuga's Rum Cakes Can't Get You Drunk, But They Do Pack A Punch

Categories: Just Desserts
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via Niehoff Marketing Associates
4 oz. rum cake with berries
Recently, a friend delivered a six-pack of 4oz. Tortuga rum cakes ($66.95 for 2-six packs shipped to the U.S.) from Nassau, Bahamas. They came in an ornate, hexagon-shaped box vacuum-sealed to lock in freshness. I first smelled rum and then tasted it, Seemed almost as if it had been dunked in a shot glass.

The cake came in flavors including original golden (with walnuts), coconut, banana, key lime, pineapple, and chocolate (the least dizzying and most satisfying). It was as a cake can be and not obnoxiously sweet.

Founded in 1984, Tortuga, which uses its own brand of gold rum in the cakes, uses "generous portions," according to Angie Niehoff, company publicist. "Since it is a family secret recipe, that is as much information as I have. The alcohol content is one-half of one percent; so appropriate for all ages and cultures." Whatever the amount, it certainly seems like a lot.

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via Niehoff Marketing Associates
six-pack of Tortuga rum cakes
Serving suggestions include: mix strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries; drizzle chocolate sauce on a slice of original golden; drizzle raspberry sauce on the chocolate rum cake; spread cream cheese icing on cinnamon raisin rum cake; heat a slice - just 3 seconds in the microwave -- and top with ice cream; cut cake into spears or 1.5 inch cubes to dip in chocolate fondue; mix tropical fruits -- mango, papaya, banana, and pineapple -- cut in half inch pieces, add splash of rum, spoon on slices of pineapple or coconut rum cake, sprinkle toasted coconut on each serving.

Baked daily in the Caribbean, the cakes are available in 16oz. and 33oz. sizes ($17-$32 suggested retail). They are sold in gift and specialty food departments and at gourmet stores throughout the United States and Caribbean, by mail order at 800-444-0625, and on line at The company's Miami distribution center, located near Tamiami Airport, is open to the public and offers warehouse prices.

Tortuga Rum Co. Ltd., P.O. Box 2307 GT, Grand Cayman, B.W.I.

Tortuga Rum Cake Company
14202 SW 142nd Ave., Miami Florida

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Let's Tiki
Let's Tiki

I bought some last year when I was on a cruise that stopped in Nassau. They were really good. My favorite was the pineapple. It was sooooo good.


Yeah the local cake guru Edda tried to do a similar cake and in my opinion failed. You can beat the moistness of a Tortuga Rum cake. There was a time, (before people purchased on the internet) when you could only get them when you went to the islands.

William Antjoule
William Antjoule

Its 2 streets away from my warehouse and there is nothing like a nice slice of Tortuga rum cake and a proper cup of tea! :)

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