Can You Eat Rum Cake While Pregnant?

Now, picture this: you’re expecting a little bundle of joy, and that rum cake is calling your name. Well, here’s the scoop – indulging in a small slice of rum cake every once in a while is generally considered okay while pregnant; the key is not to eat plenty.

Rum cake contains alcohol, and overly taking in alcohol during pregnancy can pose risks to the baby’s development. That’s why it’s crucial to limit your intake.

A tiny piece won’t hurt, but polishing off the whole cake might not be the best idea. Moreover, some rum cakes are soaked in rum after baking, which can retain more alcohol content.

So, if you’re extra cautious, you might want to opt for a version that’s been baked without the booze-soaked step.

But hey, here’s the silver lining – the delicious flavors and aroma of rum cake can be quite the treat for your taste buds, and a small serving can satisfy those pregnancy cravings.

Just remember, it’s all about balance and being mindful of what you’re consuming.

Is the alcohol in rum cake cooked out? 

You might be wondering if the alcohol in rum cake gets cooked during the baking process.. and the short answer is that some of it does, but not all.

When you bake a rum cake, the high temperature in the oven causes portion of the alcohol to evaporate. So, yes, a portion of that boozy goodness does bid farewell to the cake as it bakes away.

Some of it sticks around, adding that distinctive rum flavor to the cake. The exact amount that remains can vary depending on factors like baking time and temperature, but a significant portion does tend to linger.

So while the alcohol content decreases significantly during baking, it doesn’t entirely disappear.

If you are concerned with alcohol intake at the time, are pregnant, or have any reasons to avoid completely, you might want to opt for desserts that do not contain alcohol, or take very tiny amount of rum cake, just to err on the safer side.

Does rum cake have a lot of alcohol?

The alcohol in rum cake varies depending on the recipe and the preparation method as said above. Generally, alcoholic content in this cake ranges from 3 to 10 % with store bought ones typically containing 5% of it.

So even though it contains some portion of alcohol, it doesn’t have tremendous amounts- especially when compared to how much you can find in drinks like beer or wine. But it’s always good for pregnant women, kids and people with health problems to eat in moderation.

Can alcohol in cake affect pregnancy?

Yes, alcohol found in cakes, foods or drinks, and eaten in pregnancy can affect the baby’s development. Too much of it can cause a range of lifelong physical, behavioural and intellectual disabilities also known as Fetal Alcohol Disorders(FASDs).

When it comes to cakes with liquor, like rum cake, most of it gets baked away in the cooking process so a small piece of cake can have very low amounts of it left.

But experts say that there isn’t any safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy.Although cake with a tiny amount of it may not be as risky as drinking alcoholic beverages, it’s always best to be cautious.

Can I eat rum cake while breastfeeding?

can you eat rum cake while pregnant?

Yes, a mother can consume rum cake while breastfeeding but she shouldn’t eat too much. Though most of the alcohol gets baked away in the oven, it can get into breast milk when you overeat.

Babies are going to notice changes in milk after mom consumes rum cake, and they might reject it temporarily. So while its okay for breastfeeding moms to have foods with alcohol, they should have them in tiny amounts. If you’re unsure, or have concerns, inform your breastfeeding expert or doctor as soon as possible.

Accidentally ate dessert with alcohol while pregnant, what should I do?

If you ate a dessert with alcohol by mistake while pregnant, don’t worry too much. Eating a little bit of dessert with liquor is not likely to harm your pregnancy.

This is because desserts typically have just a small amount of it, and some gets cooked away. But, it’s best to avoid alcohol because no amount of it is known to be safe during pregnancy. If you’re worried, having unusual symptoms or feeling different in any way, it’s best to chat your doctor.


It’s typically okay to eat small amount of rum cake while pregnant. Most of the alcohol is cooked off in the baking process leaving just tiny bit behind. But since no amount of alcohol is confirmed safe during pregnancy, it’s probably best to avoid it if you can.

Whenever possible, choose non-alcoholic desserts instead. And as always, if you’re unsure, the best thing to do is to ask your doctor.

Georgina Austin, CNM

Georgina Austin, CNM

Hello! I'm Gina, a certified midwife, a writer, an experienced one of course, and a proud mother of twins, Noel and Noelle. With eleven years of maternity support experience and my own journey through motherhood, I offer reliable information on women's health here on this blog.

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