Does rum cake have alcohol?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does rum cake have alcohol?” and tell you whether rum cake can make you drunk or not. We will discuss why rum is added to cakes and how long do rum cakes last. We will also discuss whether rum cake needs to be refrigerated or not and list down a few different types of rum cakes. 

Does rum cake have alcohol?

Yes, rum cake has alcohol. Most rum cakes have around 0.1% alcohol because most of it gets evaporated during the baking process. However if you are making rum cake at home or if you are placing a customized order then you can have the alcohol content of up to 5%

Can rum cake make you drunk?

It depends on how the rum is used in cake. Some bakers add rum directly to the cake batter. Baking this cake will evaporate most of the alcohol so it will not get you drunk. Some use fruits soaked in rum and others use it as a glaze after baking the cake.

However, if you are choosing to soak your cake after baking it in rum, then it will have a higher alcohol content and it may get you a little drunk if you eat a lot of it.

Why is rum added to cakes?

Rum is added to cakes to give them a strong alcoholic taste. Rum also makes the cakes softer and adds a lot of moisture to the cake.

Rum also serves as a preservative and increases the shelf life of cake.

How long does a rum cake last?

Rum cake, when unopened, can last for a couple of months at room temperature since alcohol acts as a preservative and keeps it from getting spoiled.

Once opened, rum cake can stay good for 4-5 days when kept at room temperature and will last for a week when kept in the refrigerator.

Does rum cake need to be refrigerated?

Unopened rum cake can be kept in the pantry in a cool, dry place. Opened rum cake can be kept at room temperature but it should be placed in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. If you wish to extend its shelf life for a few more days then you can keep it in the refrigerator. This way the cake retains its moisture as well.

You can also freeze rum cake if you wish to store it for a couple of months. You should wrap it in plastic wrap first and then cover it with aluminum foil. It is best to keep it in a freezer safe bag when freezing to protect it against freezer burn. 

What are the different types of rum cakes?

Different types of rum cakes have different alcohol levels in them.

Tortuga rum cake

Tortuga rum cakes have less than 1% alcohol in them so it is appropriate for anyone. It will not make you tipsy and you can enjoy this flavorful cake without worrying about getting drunk. 

Italian rum cake

Italian rum cake is soaked in alcohol which is why it has a high alcohol content. It is mostly consumed by Italians as a celebratory cake for special occasions. Having too much of it will make you a little tipsy but if it is an occasion so why not?

Bacardi rum cake

Bacardi rum cake has rum added to its batter. Most of the alcohol evaporates during baking and very little is left behind making its alcohol content low. However, most of the time it is glazed with rum which will have a slightly higher alcohol content.

Find out more about other types of rum cakes here.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does rum cake have alcohol?” and told you whether rum cake can make you drunk or not. We discussed why rum is added to cakes and how long do rum cakes last. We also discussed whether rum cake needs to be refrigerated or not and listed down a few different types of rum cakes. 

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