Delicious Calypso Coffee Cake | Recipe With Butter Rum Glaze

Friends, coffee lovers, food enthusiasts, lend me your ears – or rather, let me introduce you to a coffee cake recipe that will steal your hearts (and stomachs). I present to you the Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze!

This recipe is not just any old coffee cake. No, this Caribbean-inspired treat takes the classic coffee cake to new heights with the addition of tropical ingredients like plantains and lime juice. But what truly sets this coffee cake apart is the decadent Butter Rum Glaze that truly brings out the flavors of the ingredients.

What’s even better? This recipe is incredibly versatile – it’s perfect for breakfast, dessert or a sweet snack in between meals. Plus, it will make your house smell like a delightful coffee shop.

As someone who has baked their fair share of cakes in their lifetime, I can guarantee that this one will not disappoint. So go ahead and fire up those ovens and get ready to indulge in an unforgettable flavor experience. Trust me, this is a recipe you don’t want to miss!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Calypso Coffee Cake With Butter Rum Glaze
Calypso Coffee Cake With Butter Rum Glaze

Are you looking for a new coffee cake recipe that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more? Look no further than the Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze. This recipe was created with love and care, using only the finest ingredients to give you an unforgettable indulgence.

What sets this coffee cake apart from the rest is the delicious blend of exotic flavors that come together perfectly. The combination of luscious rum, tangy lime juice, and sweet plantains creates a tropical rhythm that will transport you straight to the Caribbean.

But it’s not just the glaze that makes this cake special – every bite is a symphony of texture and taste. You’ll savor the soft pillowy crumb of the cake itself, infused with a hint of spicy ginger and rounded out with a touch of toasted coconut.

Speaking of coconut, we all know how difficult it can be to find desserts that accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences. That’s why we’re proud to say that this recipe can be modified to suit your specific needs, whether it’s substituting non-fat plain yogurt for sour cream or simply reducing the sugar content.

And if you think this cake sounds too complex to make at home, think again! Our step-by-step instructions make it easy for even novice bakers to create a masterpiece. So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and let’s get baking!

Ingredient List

 This Calypso Coffee Cake is a tropical treat for your taste buds!
This Calypso Coffee Cake is a tropical treat for your taste buds!

To make this Calypso Coffee Cake With Butter Rum Glaze Recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 ripe plantains, mashed (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, chilled and diced
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

For the rum glaze:

  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 5 tbsp dark rum
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

All of these ingredients are easily available at your local grocery store or supermarket. Make sure to check your pantry for the non-perishable items such as baking powder, baking soda and salt before heading out.

The Recipe How-To

 Don't forget to add a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra warmth and flavor.
Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra warmth and flavor.

Now that we have gone through the ingredients list, it’s time to bring this masterpiece together. Be sure to read through the following steps before starting to bake,doubly making sure you have all of the necessary ingredients prepared.

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit

First things first: Begin by preheating your oven. The cake will take some time, so make sure that the oven is preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit in advance.

Making the Cake Batter

  1. In one bowl, sift together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

  2. In another bowl, mash two ripe plantains until they are pureed.

  3. Add in ¾ cups of brown sugar and ¾ cups of white sugar into the mashed plantains bowl until well combined.

  4. Add in three eggs into the same bowl, one at a time and mix well after each addition.

  5. Next add in One stick of butter softened (1/2 cup) and mix well.

  6. Then pour in a cup of sour cream and mix until everything is evenly combined.

  7. Fold in your flour mixture to this batter with a spatula slowly until everything is evenly mixed

Make The Rum Glaze

While the cake bakes, it’s time to prepare your rum glaze!

  1. Combine 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons rum (best quality you can find), 3 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon ground ginger,¾ cup confectioners’ sugar , and pinch salt* in small saucepan over low heat

  2. Gently bring mixture to boil; reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes or until mixture thickens a bit and becomes syrupy.

  3. Pour hot rum glaze over warm coffee cake.

Baking the Cake

  1. Grease a 10 inch cake pan and pour, smoothing the top with the spatula or spoon

  2. Sprinkle half of a 14-ounce bag of sweetened flaked coconut over the batter.

  3. Bake in oven for about an hour, (time may vary slightly based on your oven) or until you inserted toothpick comes out clean

  4. Once done, remove from oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool.

Serving Your Calypso Coffee Cake With Butter Rum Glaze

Once it’s cooled down to an edible temperature, it’s time to serve up that big slice of heaven! The flavors will be fully developed once the cake is completely cool. Personally I love having mine with a cup of Blueberry Coffee or even some Vanilla Cappuccino!

Enjoy your divine Calypso Coffee Cake With Butter Rum Glaze

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfectly baked with a moist crumb, this coffee cake is a winner for any brunch party.
Perfectly baked with a moist crumb, this coffee cake is a winner for any brunch party.

Do you want to mix it up a little bit with the Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze recipe? Then let’s talk substitutions and variations, my friends.

First off, if you’re looking for a lower-fat option, you can substitute non-fat plain yogurt for the sour cream. This will give you a similar tangy flavor, while cutting down on the fat content. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you could also try using Greek yogurt for a thicker twist.

Now let’s get into some ingredient swaps. If plantains aren’t your thing or you don’t have them on hand, fear not. You can use ripe bananas instead to give your cake that sweet, tropical flavor. You could also add some shredded coconut to the cake batter for an extra burst of flavor and texture.

For those who prefer a fruity kick, blueberries would be an excellent addition to this coffee cake. Toss them in some flour before adding them to the batter to prevent sinking.

If you want to switch things up in terms of the glaze recipe, I’ve got two great suggestions. First is a vanilla glaze made by combining confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and milk or cream. Just drizzle over the cooled cake for a simple yet delicious finish.

The other variation is a pumpkin raisin rum glaze that’s fit for fall. Combine canned pumpkin puree with some dark rum, butter, and confectioners’ sugar in a small saucepan and bring it to boil then reduce heat until thickened, stirring constantly. The sweet cinnamon raisins will add a delightful contrast to the rich coffee cake.

Whatever substitutions or variations we choose to make, one thing is certain: this Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze is going to be delicious no matter what!

Serving and Pairing

 The glaze is the icing on the cake, literally. The butter rum flavor is simply divine.
The glaze is the icing on the cake, literally. The butter rum flavor is simply divine.

One of the best ways to enjoy Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze is as a decadent dessert. Cut a generous slice and serve it alongside a cup of hot coffee, preferably brewed from the 5 coffee blends we offer at our cafe.

Alternatively, you can serve this coffee cake at brunch or for afternoon tea with friends. Add some fresh fruit on the side, such as blueberries or strawberries, to brighten up the plate and add a refreshing element to the dish.

If you want to take the pairing options up a notch, consider serving this cake with rum or any other Caribbean-inspired drinks. The rum glaze and tropical flavors in this cake pair perfectly with a good dark rum, whether sipping it on its own or using it as an ingredient in a cocktail. You can also serve it with a fruit-infused rum beverage such as piña colada, coconut mojito, or spiced rum punch.

For a creative twist, try adding a dollop of whipped cream infused with lime juice on top of the cake slices. The tanginess and creaminess of the topping complement the sweetness and richness of the cake butter rum glaze.

Whether you enjoy Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze as an indulgent dessert or serve it as part of an elaborate brunch spread, it’s guaranteed to impress your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Add a slice of sunshine to your morning routine with this Calypso Coffee Cake.
Add a slice of sunshine to your morning routine with this Calypso Coffee Cake.

Who doesn’t love a delicious coffee cake for breakfast, snack, or dessert? The thought of indulging in this calypso coffee cake with butter rum glaze at any time of the day is truly irresistible. However, you may not want to make it fresh every day or all at once if you’re baking for a smaller group. Here are some tips on how to prepare this recipe ahead, store and reheat it.

To prepare ahead, you can refrigerate the uncooked cake mixture overnight, but be sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent the top from drying out. You can also opt to freeze the unbaked cake batter in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to three months. When you’re ready to bake the cake, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before baking so that it comes to room temperature.

Once baked and cooled down, you can store Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days or store it in the refrigerator for up to five days. If kept longer than that, it’s best stored in the freezer where it can remain fresh for up to three months.

If reheating from the fridge, warm individual slices in the microwave or oven until slightly warm. Alternatively, unwrap your frozen Calypso Coffee Cake and let it thaw on your kitchen counter overnight. Reheat it quickly in the oven or microwave for an added depth of flavor and warmth.

With these tips, you can make-ahead and enjoy this scrumptious Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze anytime without compromising its taste and freshness. So plan ahead and don’t deny yourself of this delicious treat!

Tips for Perfect Results

 It's like having a Caribbean vacation in every bite.
It’s like having a Caribbean vacation in every bite.

Welcome to the tips and tricks section where I will share some valuable insights to perfect your Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze recipe. The recipe is quite straightforward, but here are some tips that can help you create a delectable dessert that your friends and family members would love to devour.

1. First things first, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature, especially the butter and eggs. Room temperature ingredients combine well and give a smooth texture to the batter.

2. Once you’ve combined both the wet and dry ingredients, mix the batter gently. Overmixing can lead to a dense cake instead of the fluffy texture you’re looking for in a coffee cake.

3. Grease your cake pan generously. You can use any shape of pan such as round, square, or bundt pan; however, make sure to grease it correctly to prevent sticking.

4. For the glaze, cook it over medium heat until it comes to a rolling boil before reducing it to low heat. Cooking at medium heat ensures that all the ingredients blend well and activate their flavors.

5. Avoid opening the oven door frequently while baking as an abrupt rush of cold air can cause fluctuations in temperature and result in uneven baking.

6. Use parchment paper to line the bottom of the cake pan for easy removal of the cake after baking.

7. To add extra indulgence, serve your Calypso Coffee Cake warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to have a delightful treat on your hands without any fuss or trouble!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, there’s no denying that the Calypso Coffee Cake with Butter Rum Glaze is one of the best cake recipes out there. Its decadent blend of rum, brown sugar, and coffee creates a rich and moist cake that can be enjoyed any time of day. The butter rum glaze takes it to a whole new level, with its sweet and boozy notes that complement the cake perfectly.

Whether you’re looking for an indulgent dessert or a tasty treat to share with friends and family, this cake recipe won’t disappoint. And if you’re worried about the fat content, fear not – you can easily substitute non-fat plain yogurt or sour cream for a lower calorie version without sacrificing flavor or texture.

So go ahead, whip up a batch of this delicious cake and enjoy a slice (or two) with your favorite coffee or tea. You won’t regret it!

Calypso Coffee Cake With Butter Rum Glaze

Calypso Coffee Cake With Butter Rum Glaze Recipe

Enjoy the flavors of the Caribbean in this Plantain-Coconut Streusel Cake with Butter Rum Glaze. This recipe was created for RSC#8, and I know you will enjoy it! To lower the fat content, you can substitute non-fat plain yogurt for the sour cream. Another popular substitution is bananas for the plantains, but if you do that you will definitely have a sweeter cake with a stronger banana flavor.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Caribbean
Calories 373.8 kcal



  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flour


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups plantains, cooked and mashed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rum


  • confectioners' sugar


  • Grease and flour a bundt pan; preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Peel the plantain(s) and slice (about 1/2 inch slices should be fine). Bring a pot of water to a boil, drop the plantain slices into the boiling water and boil for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain plantains and mash with a fork.
  • While plantains are cooking, mix the streusel ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar and white sugar together.
  • Add eggs, one at a time; then mix in sour cream and mashed plantains.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ginger.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined.
  • Pour about 1/2 the batter in to the prepared bundt pan. Sprinkle the streusel over the cake; finally, pour remaining batter over the struesel.
  • Bake at 350°F for 55 minutes or until cake tests done with toothpick test.
  • Let cake cool in pan for 30 minutes.
  • While cake is cooling, prepare glaze by mixing butter, brown sugar, and lime juice in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly before adding rum.
  • Carefully invert cake onto plate.
  • While cake is still warm, slowly drizzle the glaze over the cake, allowing it to soak in to the cake.
  • When cake is completely cool, dust with confectioners sugar.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 117gCalories: 373.8kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 4.7gFat: 19.1gSaturated Fat: 11.8gCholesterol: 89.5mgSodium: 457.8mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 26.9g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Brunch, Caribbean, Coconut, Fruit, Nuts, Oven, Potluck, Sweet
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