Bahama Mama Torte
Originally posted November 17, 2011. Updated 2/22/2021
This torte recipe is a little bit of work, but worth the effort!
I designed it based around a traditional Bahama Mama cocktail recipe, for my first cookbook - The Spirited Baker.
I say “traditional” because there are quite a few random ideas of what constitutes a Bahama Mama cocktail, these days.
Some involve orange juice, some are pink or red in colour... and a lot of them are completely missing a key ingredient - the coffee liqueur!
Bahama Mama Cake
This cake recipe is based on Bahama Mamas as I learned them - a pineapple, rum, coconut, and Kahlúa cocktail.
It starts with a Rum and Pineapple cake, which is baked and sliced into layers.
Each layer is brushed with a soak of Kahlúa and Malibu, then layered with Swiss Meringue Buttercream that is also flavoured with Kahlúa and Malibu.
It’s a surprisingly elegant tasting torte!
Bahama Mama Cocktail
Ever had a Bahama Mama cocktail? Very tasty!
To make one, combine:
½ oz Kahlua
1 oz Dark rum
½ oz Malibu
½ oz Overproof light rum
4 oz pineapple juice
Shake together in a Boston Shaker filled with ice. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice chips.
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Bahama Mama Torte
- 3 cups Cake Flour
- 2 ¼ cups Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 ½ tsp Salt
- 3.5 oz Box Instant vanilla pudding mix
- 6 Large Eggs
- ½ cup Light / White Rum
- 1 cup Pineapple Juice
- 1 ½ cup Butter melted
- 1 batch batch Swiss Meringue buttercream
- 2 Tbsp Kahlua
- 2 Tbsp Malibu Rum Liqueur
- ¼ cup Kahlua
- ¼ cup Malibu Rum Liqueur
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Liberally grease three 8″ or two 10″ round cake pans with vegetable shortening, and/or spray with baking spray.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. Add in eggs and white rum, beating until smooth.
- Carefully add pineapple juice and melted butter to the mix, mixing on medium speed until smooth. Divide batter among prepared cake pans.
- Bake until golden and knife inserted into center of batter comes out clean and cake springs back – about 45-60 minutes.
- Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before turning cakes out onto baking rack to cool fully.
- Ideally, allow to cool to room temperature, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and proceed with the following steps the next day.
- Prepare buttercream, following the recipe link in the ingredients section, using 2 Tbsp (30 ml) each of Malibu rum and Kahlua to flavor.
Soak and Assembly
- Remove plastic wrap from cake layers. Carefully slice the top off each round, leveling the surface of the cake.
- Mix together ¼ cup (50 ml) each of Malibu rum and Kahlua, brush cut surfaces of cakes liberally with the mixture.
- Place one cake, cut side up, on cake plate. Fill with prepared buttercream, and top off with second cake round, cut side down.
- Repeat with remaining layer, if doing 8″ rounds.
- Frost sides and top of cake.
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