Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)

by Erica Dinho on May 22, 2013

Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)

Looking for a dessert for this Memorial Day weekend? How about Pastel Borracho? Pastel Borracho is basically rum-soaked sponge cake, top with prunes and creme Anglaise. The rum syrup makes this cake rich and incredibly moist, without being soggy, and has a wonderful texture.

Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)

I made my sponge cake (bizcochuelo) from scratch and you can find the recipe here. But if you don’t want to bake, you can use a store bought pound cake or sponge cake instead.

Pastel Borracho is the perfect cake for just about any occasion. Buen provecho!

Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)



  • 1 (8 ” to 10″ sponge or pound cake)
  • For the rum syrup

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup of pitted prunes
  • Creme Anglaise

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons of granulated sugar

Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)


  1. To make the creme anglaise: Place evaporated milk, cream, vanilla extract, yolks and sugar in the blender until well combined.
  2. Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)

  3. Bring the mixture to simmer over low heat in a small sauce pan. Stir often until custard thickens, about 7 minutes (do not let it boil). Strain sauce into a bowl. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  4. To make rum syrup: In a small pot, combine the water and sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum and prunes.
  5. Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)

  6. o assemble: Using a serrated style knife, cut the cake in half horizontally. Place 1 layer on a plate. Drizzle 1/2 of the rum syrup over the top, then drizzle half of the creme anglaise and top with half of the prunes.
  7. Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)
    Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)
    Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)

  8. Top with another cake layer and repeat with the rest of syrup, creme anglaise and prunes.
  9. Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)
    Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)

  10. Serve immediately, or cover with a cake cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  11. Pastel Borracho (Colombian-Style Drunken Cake)

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joan Nova May 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I’m not much of a dessert eater, but this looks delicious to me. Reminds me of the Bacardi Rum Cake and I love the prunes.


2 Belinda @zomppa May 23, 2013 at 6:02 AM

A drunken cake sounds like it should be enjoyed all the time.


3 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz May 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

You had me at rum infused lol. This cake looks awesome.


4 Heather @girlichef May 23, 2013 at 7:59 PM

This looks absolutely amazing! I know my hubby would love, I really need to give it a go!


5 grace May 24, 2013 at 7:48 AM

sponge cake is most definitely aptly named, as it just soaks up whatever liquids touch it. that rum syrup sounds awesome!


6 Jeannie May 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Reminds me of dulce de leche cake with all the soaking involved! Looks delicious!


7 lisaiscooking May 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

The creme anglaise looks so good drizzled over this cake! I’m wishing I could have a piece for breakfast right now.


8 Ivy May 26, 2013 at 8:18 AM

You are making me drool. Wish I had some right now :)


9 Jose Lopez August 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

I would like to know what is the name of the pan you used. I have been trying to find the pan that my Colombian friend used to use. He places the ingredients inside a pan/oven covered onto the stove top. What is the name and the brand of the pan/oven used to cook cakes.


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