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Readers Respond: At What Age Should Kids Be Allowed to Eat Cakes Made with Liqueur and/or Liquor?

Responses: 48



I agree totally with most respondents. As a child alcohol was not forbidden or bad in my house. I can remember taking sips as young as 2 or 3. My parents had a drink or two with friends but it was not a nightly or even weekly thing. Since it was not forbidden to me, I never had a problem with drinking. I was usually the designated driver for my sloshed friends who never saw much less tasted alcohol at home. Give the kids a piece.
—Guest Mary S

Its simple

To people getting over hyped about the fact that it has rum in it, consider that its half a cup (4oz, ~2-4 shots depending on glass), spread out over a cake meant for 16. theyre much worse things than 1/4th of an oz of rum (about 2 thimbles at the most), theyre much more likely to become an alcoholic if never exposed to alcohol, than if they are allowed to simply get a taste/sip of it to settle their curiosity.
—Guest Jc

It's not the alcohol!

Personally, I wouldn't be crazy about my kids eating this cake, but not because of the small amount of alcohol. The recipe I'm seeing calls for tons of sugar and pudding mix: artificial flavoring and dye land mine. That being said, I grew up having a slice if liquor cake at Christmas, my parents educated me about alcohol, allowing me a glass of wine with them at dinner from about 16 on. I didn't fall into the trap of college drinking and I continue to enjoy wine moderately. I have allowed my 6 yr old a sip, so she understands it's bitter and she doesn't care for it, but it's not a forbidden pleasure.
—Guest M

Responsible Parenting

Being Jewish, we had wine at every holiday and my parent's would let me sip it starting at a very young age. I have never had an alcohol problem and in fact very rarely even have a glass of wine, so the fact that we feel that a small dose of rum baked in or glazed on a cake could harm a child is preposterous! My daughter is almost five and I will let her have a small piece...my one year old son however is another story...then again, he is teething LOL.
—Guest Areyouserious

miss p

It doesn't matter whether you are baking or cooking on the stove the alchol evaporates and leaves just the flavoring behind. Any age is appropriate to eat this cake.

at what age should kids be allowed

when the kid's can go buy their own rum then they can eat this cake
—Guest shunda

Absurdity of drinking laws

Personally, I grew up eating rum cake at nearly every large family gathering and being allowed small amounts of champagne at New Year. I've grown up to have a balanced approach to alcohol because my parents do. With my son, I do the same. Drinking laws - especially the outrageous ones in the US - are absurd and irresponsible. My child should learn about liquor from his mother and father and not some irresponsible, stupid, slightly older college dorm mate. For one as his parents, we are responsible for his safety and are experienced enough to be able to tell when enough is enough. We have a right to go take further measures to prevent certain behavior. Roommates have no such obligation to each other. Eliminating drinking laws and putting the responsibility on the parents - where it belongs - to teach kids about alcohol will curb much of the undesirable behavior of the 16- to 24-year-old lot. You puritanical nuts are just going to screw up your kids. I say... let them eat cake.
—Guest Raevynnia

Ms. jackie alexander

I've been baking this cake for many years. My now 22 yrs. old daughter, has been eating my Rum cake since she was two yrs old. Lauren's pediatrician when ask, said it will not affect her at all.
—Guest Jacqueline Alexander

Rum cakes

Seriously?? I'm now 30, we had a single rum cake every year from a neighbor. I loved it. It's one of my favorite dependable "traditions". If you say no no and refuse them they'll just go do it anyway without you being there. I'm not a drinker.... But I love rum cake! The cake has like 1/2 a cup.... It serves 16. Cough syrup is prolly "stiffer"
—Guest Oh forheavenssakeyouidiots

I don't have a problem

At every Sunday lunch, when I was about 6-7years of age, I remember my dad giving us, my brother and I a lttle wine followed by much water. We felt part of the grown up...I continued the tradition with my own children although one didn't want a bar of it. Let's faced the liquor if its cooked evaporates...if its just drizzled on it will be a 90% chance the children will not like: why make a drama! Let them enjoy at the table with their parents: rest assured that there will be more harmful agents in their lunchboxes or the paper bag for school lunches. I believe 6-7 years will be ok to try...

legal drinking age....

Ok... several responses say..21 is the legal drinking age..etc etc etc... First of all...it is NOT JUST AMERICANS reading this. That aside- The drinking age varies in many countries around the world. Most children do not like the taste of liquor. I would never eat trifle as a child and I still don't care for the taste of it. I have made this cake and I am a non drinker (for health reasons). I just cut a portion off the cake and make a booze free glaze for it. The alcohol is cooked out of the cake itself so get over the worries. you are not going to turn your child into an alcoholic by giving them something with alcohol COOKED in it. I have several health problems that prevent me from drinking. I still cook with wine etc. I just make sure the alcohol is WELL cooked out first. This has been OK'd by several GI specialists.
—Guest nondrinkingrealist

Alcohol in cooking

there is no alcohol left in cake after cooking..Just the flavor stays..
—Guest Helene

At What age should children be given cak

Whether a child has a piece of cake is immaterial to his general well=being. What will cough syrup do to the child..alcohol content is greater than cake.
—Guest Granny

Non-alcoholic alternative

One year I made two cakes-one with Rum, and one with Rum Extract. The kids who did like it were satisfied with the rum extract cake, but most of them didn't care for either.
—Guest Lissiemom

Why worry

Children should be allowed to have a piece of the cake if they want it. IF you have an issue with the alcohol in the glaze, then don't put it on for them, the alcohol in the rest of the cake will be cooked out. If you want to deny them this wonderful treat, then what else are you going to deny them just because it has alcohol in the recipe, that may or may not be baked out?
—Guest cookiekaty

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