retro mummy’s rum balls

This recipe was hidden away in the archives of my blog! With Christmas coming and lots of yummy recipes that I’d love to share I am pulling this one out of the archives and sharing again with you all. Rum balls.

They are super simple and if you’re not into alcohol just use orange juice! Too easy. I just love making these to give away because I get to eat them while I’m making them. I think that’s why I love making edible gifts – it’s so fun to make them, eat them and then give them away. I always do this recipe in a double batch so stock up on a few madeira cakes and just pop them in your freezer if you’re not going to make them until closer to Christmas.


retro mummy's rum balls
delicious and easy! they make a gorgeous present at Christmas time
Recipe type: Chocolate
Serves: 20
What you'll need
  • loaf of madeira cake (mine was 450g)
  • 1 cup icing sugar sifted
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • rum – enough to make the mixture moist (or orange juice)
  • coconut or chocolate sprinkles to coat
  1. Slice off the brown edges of your cake then crumble the rest of the cake into a large bowl. Let the kids eat the edges of the cake.They love it.
  2. Sift in cocoa and icing sugar and stir well as you want it all evenly distributed. I use the back of a spoon to squash out any bigger cake bits too.
  3. Pour in rum (about 2 good sploshes) until you have the right consistency and your mixture is coming together. Mix well.
  4. Roll tablespoons full of mixture into balls and coat in coconut or chocolate sprinkles. Don’t worry if you can see little bits of cake, the mixture all comes together and they turn chocolatey in no time.
  5. Keep them in the fridge or package them up to give away. They look so pretty in little glass jars.



  1. Christine says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Corrie, and for the orange juice suggestion. Sounds super easy!
    You were right about the Donna Hay Christmas book. It’s very good and lovely to look at. Hope you are getting some rest this afternoon. :) :)

  2. I’m a big fan of rum balls, during the holidays and I have been searching for a good recipe. Not sure what a madeira cake is. Do you make yours from scratch ? I found a few recipes on the internet, but they all look so different and some don’t sound like they’d be appropriate for later use in a rum ball. So, now you have me curious on how to make a madeira cake.


  3. Made these today and they were delicious. Such an easy recipe with great results.

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