Does rum extract contain alcohol?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does rum extract contain alcohol?” and tell you how long the rum extract lasts. We will discuss whether you can use rum extract instead of rum in a recipe and if rum cake has alcohol. We will also discuss if rum cake can make you drunk and why rum is added to cakes. We will also list down some different types of rum cakes.

Does rum extract contain alcohol?

Rum extract contains little to no alcohol. There is a trace amount of alcohol in some rum extracts. There are alcohol-free rum extracts also available. 

Rum extract does not have a high alcohol content as rum. It is a more concentrated ingredient made from which has a more potent flavor. 

It makes a great ingredient for when a recipe calls for rum and you do not drink or do not have rum, then you can go for rum extract, which is a cheaper option. 

How long does rum extract last?

Rum extract has a very long shelf life because it is a concentrated version of rum. When stored properly, it can last for about 3-4 years or even longer if it is kept unopened.

Rum extract should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place in your pantry or in the cupboard for maximum shelf life.

Can you substitute rum extract for rum in rum cake?

Yes, you can definitely use rum extract in rum cake instead of rum. When converting, keep the following conversion in mind.

Type of rumQuantity of rumQuantity of rum extract
Dark rum2 tablespoons1 tablespoon
Light rum5 tablespoons1 tablespoon

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.

What are the different types of rum cakes?

Different types of rum cakes have different alcohol levels in them. Let’s discuss a few

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.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does rum extract contain alcohol?” and told you how long the rum extract lasts. We discussed whether you can use rum extract instead of rum in a recipe and if rum cake has alcohol. We also discussed if rum cake can make you drunk and why rum is added to cakes. We also listed down some different types of rum cakes.

Citations

https://www.wise-geek.com/what-is-rum-extract.htm#:~:text=Rum%20extract%20is%20a%20cooking,free%20versions%20are%20also%20available.
https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18213#:~:text=The%20precise%20answer%20depends%20to,from%20direct%20heat%20or%20sunlight.

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.