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Do you think rum buttercream is okay to serve if kids there?

post #1 of 37
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I want to make an eggnog cake for my mom, but my kids will be there to eat the cake. I'd like to make rum imbc to frost and fill - do you think this is a bad idea? I'd add 2 - 4 tbsp of dark rum to my entire batch of imbc. Should I do it or find something else?

I was also considering making eggnog mousse to fill and rum imbc to frost thereby reducing the amount of rum in the cake even more.

What do you think?
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post #2 of 37
What about using rum flavoring?
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post #3 of 37
If they're your kids, then you make that call. And, like K8 said, vanilla has alcohol in it.
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post #4 of 37
Since you are serving it to your own children, there shouldn't be a problem. 2 or 4 tablespoons in a full frosting recipe is very little. Figure out how much rum would be in one serving, possibly a 1/2 teaspoon or less. I don't think that amount could be a danger to your children.
post #5 of 37
I found a couple of tools which may help.

Tblsps to ounces: http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Ounces/ToTablespoons.htm

blood Alcohol Conversion:
http://www.onlineconversion.com/bac.htm


According to the above information, 4 tablespoons equals 2 ounces.
The blood alcohol converter recognizes liquor with a 35-50 % alcohol content.
You can click in the child's weight, and see what the blood alcohol level would be.
I would really be careful with this. I would try to figure how much alcohol per serving.
If it was too much, I would substitute Artificial Rum Flavoring in this instance.

I hope this helps!
post #6 of 37
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Where would I get rum flavouring? I'm in Canada.
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post #7 of 37
Given that the icing will be exposed to the air, it would be my basic assumption that most of the alcohol would evaporate rather quickly, leaving behind just the rum flavor.

Obviously, in a filling or truffles, this isn't the case, but I really see no reason why it wouldn't be the case for the outer covering of icing.

Also, given the ratio of icing to cake in a slice, I see no way that any child would generate a "blood alcohol level" unless they ate the entire cake--and then a BAL would be the least of your worries................

JMHO
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post #8 of 37
I know in the us mccormick sells rum flavoring. Lorann oils has rum flavoring also.
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post #9 of 37
You can buy rum flavoring at any grocery store icon_smile.gif
especially around this time of year. icon_smile.gif
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post #10 of 37
BAC should not be of concern to you. It is mainly used to determine level of intoxication, especially in legal matters. The bigger concern would be the impact of even a little alcohol on brain chemistry. Also consider if there will be any adults with alcoholism or who are in recovery. Even a drop of alcohol, while it wouldn't cause intoxication, could trigger cravings and relapse. Go with the artificial flavoring if you can.
post #11 of 37
I wouldn't be too concerned personally but that is just me. Maybe other people would feel differently if it was their children. Could you possibly simmer the rum a bit to "burn off" the alcohol, let it cool before adding? Then the alcohol content would be gone (to the best of my knowledge)!
post #12 of 37
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It's not that big a deal to me.
It's not a drop of alcohol--it's icing.



I agree with the above totally. I really think people are making much ado about nothing. If you are really freaked out that drop of liquor might be consumed by your children. Take along a small bag of plain icing and replace the "evil" frosting when your children get their pieces of cake.
post #13 of 37
Tsal...Rum extract is sold in all the major grocery store chains in the baking aisle along with all the other flavors.

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post #14 of 37
I would not worry about these trace amounts of alcohol. Would you worry if you were making lemon cake using lemon extract, which is 160+ proof? That's way more potent that your rum. Teetotaler or not, trace amount of alcohol are everywhere - cold medicine, mouthwash, even vinegar... and now your delicious cake!
post #15 of 37
I think maybe the kids won't like the flavor of the rum anyway. Maybe bring along a few cupcakes with some kid flavored frosting.
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