Outer Banks Rum Cakes® – A Family Treasure

By on November 5, 2012, in Soft Surroundings

Lindsay CheshireBy Lindsay Cheshire

My name is Lindsay, yes fondly named after the “Bionic Woman,” Lindsay Wagner according to my Mom. My Mom started Outer Banks Rum Cakes the year that I left home for college. We have always been a close-knit family and with so much time on her hands, my Mom Sue turned to her Mom, (Sally Lewane) for some advice. Grandma told her that this “was her time to make her dreams happen.”

It turns out Mom’s dream was to make a special

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kind of rum cake that has been in our family for four generations. Together with her Mom and with a lot of laughter, they came up with a dark haired pirate gal named, “Kill Devil Jill,” and her loyal white shaggy dog, “Mac” (who looks a lot like my Mom’s dog who has the same name but is slightly bigger) based on local Outer Banks of North Carolina folklore for how the town Kill Devil Hills got its name.

Kill Devil Jill and her dog, Mac

Outer Banks Rum CakeUsing my Great Grandmother’s recipe, Mom and Grandma came up with the Outer Banks Rum Cake… this cake is glistening with Carolina pecans and crystal sugar crunch topping, rum and just a hint of orange, people who buy it as a gift have often remarked that they try one bite and often can’t help but eat it themselves. Mom started

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selling her cakes in a beautiful box that tells the mostly true Legend of how the Outer Banks Rum Cakes came to be and now both Outer Banks locals and visitors love this legendary deliciousness!

My sister Jenny and I joined the team to help Mom sell and market the Outer Banks Rum Cakes. So now, four generations of women in our family are now part of the Outer Banks Rum Cake tradition. It’s been fun for all of us to be able to work together to help Mom see her dream come true. That’s the real treasure.

So thank you for supporting us and for making my Mom’s dream come true. And make sure you order an extra Outer Banks Rum Cake…and share it with your Mom.


  • Carolyn

    Lindsay, what an grand family you have. Your Mom has followed her dream & included your grandmother’s recipe which looks amazing & yummy!! Proud family!

  • Carolyn

    Lindsey, You should be very proud of your Mom! She followed her dream & included your Grandmother’s recipe. Cakes look amazing & yummy!!

  • Kristi

    What a wonderful tale of good fortune! I love the history tied to the making of the company. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sherry

    Really didn’t want to pick a topping! This cake looks divine all by itself!

  • Bonnie

    Yum! can’t wait to sample Outer Banks Rum cake!

  • Mickie

    I really, really enjoy rum cakes. I actually like to bake them and gift them during the holidays. The toppings shown on Soft Surroundings all sound good, but I would pick one with berries because I so love the flavor of berries with cake.

  • Darlene

    That picture of the delicious Outer Banks Rum Cake makes me think of sitting out on the front porch with company having a bite of cake and drinking Sweet Tea. Such fond memories of the South.

  • Laurie

    Outer Banks rum cake is delicious. This is a wonderful story of family, love, and celebration of life. You guys are the absolute best!

  • Betty

    I love the Rum Cake with the Blueberry Rum Topping. That sounds sinfully delicious.

  • Betty

    I also LOVE the Candlewick Cake Stand with the Rum Cake on it. I have a Candlewick Cake Stand (a little different) that I love to use.

  • Marilyn

    I just saw your site this evening for the first time on the Soft Surroundings website. What made me take a closer look was (can you believe it??), your pretty haircut, Sue. I have “pinned” several hairstyles on Pinterest and they all look about the same…short, layered blond hair! Have to say, you have great taste and your cake looks so good!!!

  • jodeen

    I want to try this Peanut Butter Crumble, Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream, signature topping

  • deb

    Wonderful family story! Congratulations! Your cakes look marvelous! Will order for Christmas for sure!

  • Carolyn

    Sitting by the fireplace with your Rum Cake sounds great for all!

  • becky

    What a beautiful heart-warming story. The cakes must be just wonderful!

  • Lauralee

    How wonderful that this is continuing via the 4th generation of women that are part of the Outer Banks Rum Cake tradition. Nice to see things welcomed and handed down through family’s. I bet your mom is very proud of her Lindsay & Jenny.

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  • elan

    nice blog keep it up

  • Mel

    Love the beautiful pirate and her shaggy dog, too.

  • Carol

    What a inspirational story! I’m driving to the OBX right now so reading on my phone. I can’t see the address of an actual store. Do you have one? Best wishes for you in this venture!

    • Soft Surroundings

      Hi Carol,

      There are a couple options for you to pick up a yummy cake! Enjoy!

      Soft Surroundings

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