The Food Issue

Jude’s Rum Cakes finds a new spirit

Craig Adcock, Jude’s Rum Cakes

, broke a widely held business tenet: Don’t mess with success.

Even though his sales were growing fast online and at his retail location in old-town Lenexa, Adcock decided to change the most important ingredient in his cakes: the spirits.

When Adcock learned of a rum maker in the 9th Ward of New Orleans that was struggling to regain its footing after the post-Katrina flooding, he toured the factory, tasted the rum and decided to make the switch from imported.

Now Jude’s Rum Cakes, which come in four sizes ranging from five minis for $12 to $50 for a 3-pounder, get their boozy kick from Old New Orleans rum.