My Nan’s Christmas Rum Balls

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Looking for easy and delicious treats to make your Christmas table feel more festive this year? Try my Nan’s Christmas Rum Balls recipe!

Rum Balls to me are more than just a delicious treat at Christmas, they remind me of the fun and wonderful time I spent with my extended family each Christmas when I was a child. My Nan used to fill the table with so many home baked goodies and we would all sit around chat and play cards for hours. Such good times.

Unlike a lot of other recipes I have seen, which use a base of biscuits instead of cake, this recipe uses Madeira butter cake. I just can’t alter this recipe, I like the soft cake balls!

How long will rum balls keep?

In our house, a few hours LOL! But seriously, I use the cake packet expiry date as a guide, so if you cake expires 15th December then that’s your rum balls use-by date too.


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  • Author: Kat’s Nan
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 20 1x


  • 1 Madeira Butter Cake
  • 3 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons rum, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam, extra
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut


  1. Wash your hands
  2. Using fingertips crumble cake into a bowl
  3. Add jam, cocoa and rum
  4. Combine together with hands until a thick paste
  5. Roll into bite sized balls
  6. Warm water and extra jam in a dish in mircrowave for 20 sec, mix together
  7. Place coconut into a small dish
  8. Dip balls into jam mixture then roll into coconut
  9. Refrigerate
  • Prep Time: 15 mins