Traditional Jamaican Black Christmas cake

by Cutel Francis
(NY, Mount Vernon, United States )

jamaican black cake

Wellesley,

I was reading your recipes and the Jamaican black cake reminds me of my baking days. I have baked this cake every Christmas from I was 24 years old until I was 52 years old.

In the first 4 years I only baked a 2 pound mixture, there afterwards I baked 2 batches of 2 pounds mixture.

Most of it was given away to family and friends.

This was my recipe...



Ingredients



  • 2 lbs. margarine (I used to use the dairy maid 2 lb. tub)
  • 2 lbs. brown sugar
  • 2 lbs all purpose flour (I used the JF Mills package flour, it had a yellow label)
  • 16 eggs
  • Half bottle browning (I use either eve or Geddy’s)
  • 8 tteaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 3 teaspoons rose water
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • ¼ cup vanilla
  • 2.5 lbs. fruits (raisins, prunes, cherries)
  • ½ gallon red label wine
  • 1.5 cups white rum


Procedure:



  1. Cream margarine and sugar
  2. Beat in eggs into mixture
  3. Divide flour into 3 parts and fold into mixture a portion at a time.
  4. In the last third of flour combine baking powder and other dry ingredients and fold into mixture
  5. Add rose water, almond extract, vanilla, and browning to mixture and fold in.
  6. Add fruits (fruits previously soaked in wine for months up to a year and slightly blended)
  7. Add ¼ cup rum
  8. Add wine so that it is not too runny in consistency.


I like to steam bake it hence the reason for the extra wine. The baking time is much longer.

Pour into greased baking tins and bake at 350 F or 180 C.
Mix remaining wine and rum and use to periodically wet cakes to keep them moist.

C. Francis

Wellesley's Note
This is beautiful, and timely - right in time for the holidays. Thanks again for sharing Cutel.

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Great Recipe!
by: Wellesley

Hi Cutel, this is great, thanks a million for sharing this! Really appreciate this.

For those who are curious where the original black cake recipe is, they can find it here.

www.my-island-jamaica.com/jamaican_black_cake.html

Regards,
WG

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