Rum cake is a popular dessert that many people enjoy. It’s something that can be a perfect dessert for those who love the taste of rum.
Even if you don’t regularly drink rum, you might wind up enjoying the cake. It’s truly quite tasty and is something that is worth trying.
Since rum contains alcohol, you might be curious how that’s going to impact the cake. Can rum cake get you drunk or is that not something you need to worry about?
Let’s find out!
It Depends on the Amount of Alcohol
Technically, it’s possible for you to get drunk by eating rum cake. However, most people aren’t going to feel drunk after eating one or two slices.
It really comes down to how much alcohol was used. If someone used a lot of rum to make a rum cake, it will have a greater chance of making you feel drunk.
When you buy rum cake from the store, you’ll commonly find cakes being sold that contain 5% or slightly more alcohol grains. If you were to eat a few slices of this cake, you almost surely wouldn’t get drunk.
If you eat the entire cake, it’s possible that you might feel a bit drunk. Some people have higher alcohol tolerances than others.
Someone who doesn’t have much of an alcohol tolerance at all might feel slightly drunk after eating several slices. Otherwise, it’s not too common for people to become intoxicated while eating the cake.
Since you’d have to eat a lot of cake to get drunk, it’s not a practical way to become intoxicated. If you just think the cake tastes good, you probably don’t need to worry about getting drunk so long as you eat it in moderation.
The Alcohol Cooks Out of the Rum Cake
Another thing you should know is that the alcohol cooks out of the rum cake. It isn’t going to be especially alcoholic so long as you don’t use a lot of rum to make the cake.
The process of baking the cake and heating it is going to get rid of a lot of the alcohol content. This will leave you with just a cake that you’ll be able to eat and enjoy.
Under normal circumstances, there might be a bit of alcohol content left in the cake. So the cake will still technically be alcoholic.
However, there might be so little alcohol content that it will be impossible to get drunk by eating it. Many rum cake recipes call for minimal amounts of rum.
If you’re using a recipe that doesn’t call for copious amounts of rum, you won’t have to worry too much about the alcohol content. This is good for people who don’t want to have to worry about intoxication concerns.
Is It Okay to Give Kids Rum Cake?
While not recommended, it’s up to you as a parent to decide whether your kids can have a slice of rum cake. Many parents steer away from giving their kids rum cake since it can contain a bit of alcohol content.
If you’re making a rum cake that contains very little alcohol, it might be okay to give it to kids. When using minimal rum in the recipe, the alcohol is going to burn off during the baking process.
This ensures that the cake won’t be able to make anyone drunk. Of course, you still might not be comfortable with the idea of kids eating rum cake.
If you’d rather err on the side of caution, it’d be better not to give the kids a slice of this cake. You could always have an alternative dessert that you can offer to the children.
Leave the rum cake for the adults to enjoy. Most children aren’t likely going to enjoy it anyway.
How Long Should You Bake a Rum Cake?
Rum cakes need to bake for a decent amount of time. You generally want to bake these cakes long enough so that the alcohol will burn away.
The purpose of using rum in the cake is to flavor it. Most people don’t want the cake to still have much alcohol content once the baking process is finished.
You should bake rum cakes for thirty to forty minutes to ensure that the alcohol burns off properly. Most recipes will reflect this.
The alcohol will evaporate and you’ll be left with a tasty cake that you can enjoy. It’s also best to use the right type of pan to get good results.
When you want the rum cake to bake properly, you should use a pan that has a large surface area. This makes it so more alcohol will cook off of the cake.
What Type of Rum Should You Use?
The type of rum that you should use to make the cake will depend on how you want it to turn out. Many people find dark rum to be the ideal choice.
Dark rum is excellent for adding color to the cake and it’s also very flavorful. It’s common to combine it with pudding mix to give the cake a great blend of flavor and sweetness.
Of course, there are many different rum cake recipes out there. They will all call for a specific type of rum.
If you have a rum type that you prefer, it’s likely that you’ll be able to find a recipe that utilizes it. Enjoy your preferred rum in rum cake form.
Now you know that it’s technically possible to get drunk by eating rum cake. However, it’s unlikely that this will happen.
Some types of rum cake will contain enough alcohol for you to get intoxicated if you eat a lot of it. Other types will have barely any alcohol content.
The alcohol cooks out of the cake during the baking process. Cakes that use more rum than usual will still contain some alcohol after baking.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.