• 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tbsp. dark rum
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 medium sweet-tart apples (such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350° with a rack in the middle position; lightly coat an 8” round cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until foamy.
  4. Add melted butter, 3/4 cup sugar, rum, and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  5. Add dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until evenly incorporated.
  6. Fold in apples, and transfer batter to prepared pan. Sprinkle top with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  7. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack to cool completely.