• Cooking Time: 20-25
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time: 30


One of my most favorite cakes, especially for Cinco de Mayo!


  • CAKE:
  • 1 stick, unsalted butter (plus more for preparing the baking dish)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c plus 4 TBSP dark rum
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 4 TBSP water
  • 4 c sliced or diced fresh fruit (I like mangoes, strawberries, kiwi and pineapple)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Butter a 9 x 13 inch glass or ceramic baking dish.
  • Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until the butter browns, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, whisk the egg whites, baking soda, and salt on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the yolks and whisk until combined.
  • Reduce speed to medium.
  • Add the sugar in a slow, steady stream and mix until combined.
  • Using a rubber spatula, quickly and gently fold in the butter mixture into the egg mixture.
  • Combine flour and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Sift 1/3 of the flour mix over the egg mix.
  • Gently fold to combine.
  • Working quickly, sift the remaining flour mix over egg mix in 2 more additions. Gently fold to combine.
  • Pour batter into prepared dish and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, whisk together all 3 milks in a bowl.
  • Pour over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
  • Transfer cake in dish to a rack to cool.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Bring the rum, sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Cook until sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Toss the syrup with the fruit.
  • Refrigerate overnight with the cake.
  • Spoon on to individual portions of cake when ready to serve.

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