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I want to make an orange cake and its recipe calls for rum in the glaze. Rum, anything alcoholic, rum extract, etc. are not an option for me. Is there a way to substitute with vanilla extract? If so, in what proportion?

According to the recipe, for glaze we need:

  • ½ cup strained fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. dark rum
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, divided

I have looked at the answers to What is substitute for rum in baking?, but they focus mostly on dough/batter and aren't very specific about method of proportion.

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Please provide the full method; 1/2 c. of orange juice would give you more of a syrup than a glaze with only 1 c. sugar, even without the rum. –  SAJ14SAJ Jan 26 '14 at 2:33
According to the recipe, initially I add only 1/2 cup sugar to the mixture and let the cake soak only 1/2 part of the solution. Remaining 1/2 sugar is added to rest of the solution and used to top the cake before serving. I assume the first one is syrup to be soaked and the other one glaze. –  Swati Priyadarsini Jan 26 '14 at 3:48
Are you sure alcohol is a problem here? The volume is very low to start with and the rest pretty much all evaporates when you heat it. I wouldn't be worried about it at all unless your reasons are religious, in which case I would ask whatever person is the spiritual adviser of your faith. –  JohnEye Feb 23 at 11:13

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The rum is just for flavor so you can skip it entirely if you like, just make up the liquid with more orange juice. If you want to use vanilla, just try 1/8 - 1/4 tsp. If you'd like the flavor of rum without the alcohol, non-alcoholic "rum" does exist (spiced rum here, which would be nice with orange). Non-alcoholic "Liquors" Just in case you'd like to know, these products are Halal certified. Halal Certificate

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I have tried many recipes that contained rum and I substituted it with a concentrated mixture of orange and lemon juice and the result was quite good. The mixture is made by boiling the juices and allowing it to reduce (shed off some moisture via evaporation).

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Welcome to Seasoned Advice Nibal Nibal! I have suggested an edit to help clarify your answer a little. A reduced mixture of orange and lemon juice sounds tasty to me. It seems you could use that for all sorts of different applications. –  Preston Fitzgerald Feb 19 at 3:01

There are aroma substances developed to replace rum and other common baking flavors (including vanilla extract, which in its normal form contains alcohol).

An example are Dr Oetker's aromas. I don't know about their availability in different parts of the world, but they are fairly common in many European countries.

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