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

Responses: 56


From the article: Bacardi Rum Cake
Gr540 asked a really good question in the forum. She wanted to know when is it a good time to allow children to have liqueur cakes.

I think it's up to the parents to decide whether or not, or when, their child can have some of the cake. Keeping in mind that with most liqueur cakes, the liqueur isn't cooked out, it's part of a glaze poured over a baked cake. These days kids are taught to be anti-alcohol and anti-drugs. So more than likely they won't want any of the cake anyway. What Do You Think?


People have been drinking forever. The only reason we hate it is because some guy decided to drink to the limit, the drive in to a pole! I say let them use, not abuse!
—Guest EuroAmerican

As soon as they can eat bread

Seriously, yeast produce alcohol and carbon dioxide. The CO2 makes the bread rise, and baking evaporates the alcohol. No flame is required, alcohol evaporates at a much lower temperature than water.
—Guest baker

The Alcohol DOESN'T bake off

It's a myth that alcohol bakes off--some does, but depends on how long you cook it and what type of food it is. See http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blalcohol12.htm
—Guest Guest mythbuster

ok to eat

Its fine to eat rum cake. Alcohol bakes off. You can't get drunk off of it unless you eat it every single day.
—Guest nashe

To each his own!

—Guest Mrs.Wilson

what about the alcoholic

If you are an alcoholic, and haven't had a drop in 5 years. Then you eat a rum cupcake, can it start your addiction again? Start your desire for alcohol again? How does one know where their trigger point is.


My mother has let me have a sip ever since I could remember. My dad used to soak sugar cubes in liquor so I wouldn't make noises during plays, recitals, graduations, ect. And my mother also lets me drink wine at dinner on more than just holidays. People are so worried about everything nowadays, your kid isnt going to pass out over a few sips, or a few bites of something with liquor in it. Sure, don't let your kid drink a full bottle of beer every night with their bedtime story but don't teach your kid that alcohol is dirty or trouble and make them think of it as 'forbidden' because then your kids will want to test the boundaries and drink it in secret with friends. I'm only 14 and was taught at a young age about the responsibilities of alcohol and know more about it then most adults. Most kids don't even like the bitter taste and would rather have birthday cake or a muffin anyway. Society has made everyone worry so much about everything that barely anyone ever lives anymore.
—Guest Kaitlyn

Keeping it real

What is the big deal. I've taken communion with wine, since I can .remember. I don't drink, because I never liked the
—Guest Victoria

Alcoholism is a disease, not a choice...

In my family we all took sips of beer or whatever drink our parents happened to have and for most of us it was not a problem. Unfortunately, both of my parents had relatives who were alcoholics, which is an hereditary disease. Two of my younger brothers are alcoholics, one of them was hooked by the time he was 3. It's alcohol in the system that triggers the disease, and you don't know you have this disease until you honestly and seriously try to stop drinking and a have horrible physical reaction. If there is any chance that someone in the family could have that illness I believe they should be given every chance to grow up sober. And heres the thing, you may know there is no issue in your family so it's ok to let the kids have some, but sometimes kids have friends over - is it ok for their friends to have some? Would you want that responsibility? Not me.

May I totaly agree

May, I agree I have lived in or close to a U.S airforce base all my life. If we dont make such a big fuss ( like the Europeans) maybe we wont have as many alchohol problems in the U.s!!
—Guest unanamous

No way

Well, first of all, boiling an alcohol beverage only takes away 15% of the alcohol, and baking takes away 55%. So it wouldn't be smart to add wine to broth, or rum to cake.
—Guest Guest

Doesn't Cook Out

Alcohol doesn not cook out, the misconception comes from when you ignite a dish by adding alcohol, and the flame quickly dies down. Chefs assume the alcohol has cooked out, it hasn't about 90% will remain. If you boil the alcoho in a stew for about 3 hours, if will cook it down to about 1%. Of course as you will then realize, when you cook the alcohol out of the dish, it sits in the air in the house, which is why kids whose parents cook alcohol always think they have allergies, they have alcoho in their eyes they are not use to. Alcohol is bad for your health, of course giving your kids trace amount won't ruin their lives, however getting exposed to something you don't want to is always extremely annoying wether your a child or an adult.
—Guest hosch Walsh

What's the big deal ??

I don't get why this is such a big deal. In Europe, parent commonly let their teenagers have a glass of wine with dinner etc.. why are people in America so scared of a bit of alcohol.. lol
—Guest European


how can ppl eat something they know so LITTLE about. Cake that is BAKED with rum or any other type of liquor is GONE by time the cook is ready to leave the over (unless you are purposely adding to much) children can eat it. Old tales of putting babies to sleep required LIQUOR so it is 100% fine. They are not getting drunk they are just simply having a slice of cake
—Guest proBAKERfor15years

Guest sa

Since wine is made of grapes, does it mean that kids should not eat grapes! I do not drink alcohol but let me have a piece of Rum cake.
—Guest Guest

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