rum ball season has arrived

I started making these a few years before I got married and I still make them every Christmas. Super easy to make, double the recipe so you’ll have plenty to give away. Great for adults at Christmas parties and little gifts and soooo easy to make. And eat. I have to make some just for the adults in this house to enjoy. For a non-alcoholic/child friendly version just use juice (orange, pineapple, apple work well).


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 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. My daughter made these last year and everyone loved them. They were easy to make too! Rum balls are on our list again this Christmas.

  2. Definitely giving these a go …. just wondering how long they keep for and if you can freeze them? Thanks

    • yes you could freeze them, I would do an airtight container in the freezer, defrost in fridge then keep in fridge until you need them (checking they are defrosted first). I keep them in the fridge for a week or so but our problem is they don’t last because we eat them all!!!!!!!!!!!

      • I’m sure they wont last here either …. just thinking if I do a couple of batches tomorrow I will freeze for Christmas and then do a batch for gifts closer to the day!

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