What he did, though, was eat a whole lot of rum balls which – you guessed it – is made with spiced rum. “Cakes are cakes,” Tommy says. That said, you can get drunk if you ingest large quantities of essence, whether it's rum or vanilla extract.
It is true that some of the alcohol evaporates, or burns off, during the cooking process. The verdict: after cooking, the amount of alcohol remaining ranged from 4 percent to 95 percent.