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Replacing Water with Rum in Cupcakes?

Lissy201 Apr 17, 2013 05:14 PM

I want to try making Betty Crocker piña colada cupcakes, but I was curious if I could replace all or some of the ¼ cup of water called for in the recipe with pineapple-coconut rum (35% alcohol by volume). Since the alcohol would have a lower boiling point than the water it would be replacing, I didn’t know if it would mess up the cupcakes. (The recipe calls for yellow cake mix which normally requires 1 cup of water, but juice from a can of crushed pineapples presumably makes up the other ¾ of a cup of water in this recipe.) How much of the ¼ cup of water (if any) can I replace with the rum? Thank you!

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    Sherri Apr 17, 2013 07:05 PM

    Although I have not used a box mix, I have baked cakes/cupcakes using alternative liquids - alcohol & fruit juices - forever. I don't see any reason why substituting rum for water would be a problem. If you remain unsure aboput the success of your project, call Betty Crocker AKA General Mills, and ask them for their help. 1-800-446-1898 between (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CT, weekdays)

    1. Emme Apr 18, 2013 08:58 PM

      yes you can... here are two links speaking to this---

      margarita cupcakes made from cake mix with tequila, triple sec and lime juice

      WASC (White Almond Sour Cream) cake and the suggested substitutions with alcohol

      1. coll Apr 18, 2013 09:00 PM

        I try to NEVER use water when I can use something with flavor. Alcohol happens to be my first choice when subbing.

        1. Musie Apr 19, 2013 04:18 AM

          As an alcohol free alternative you could try using coconut cream. However, I can't see replacing the 1/4c water for coconut rum will do any harm.

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            Lissy201 Apr 21, 2013 10:48 AM

            Thank you for all your helpful answers! I made the cupcakes this weekend, and they turned out great!

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              Tehama Jul 5, 2013 07:00 AM

              Did you make any photos? That sounds so cute and tasty!

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