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Jamaican black cake-need authentic recipe

selena03 Nov 13, 2011 10:24 AM

I have been soaking a mixture of fruit I.e dates, raisins for a year now in rum and apple brandy. I was going by a recipe to make the cake this holiday season and have lost it. I am looking for an authentic good recipe for this type of cake so that I can use up my liquored fruit. I have about 5 cups of it. Thanks!

  1. goodhealthgourmet Nov 13, 2011 10:55 AM

    according to the author of the article, this recipe originated in Kingston, Jamaica:

    this one also sounds pretty trustworthy:

    and here's an interesting piece from the NY Times, along with a recipe:

    2 Replies
    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      Athena Nov 13, 2011 02:05 PM

      Black cake recipe from the NYT

      I have to say I'm curious about a West Indian fruit cake recipe that uses dates - wish you still had the recipe!

      1. re: Athena
        selena03 Nov 13, 2011 10:14 PM

        sorry they were prunes not dates....yes, that would have been a very different flavour:)

    2. m
      marvis Mar 28, 2012 10:25 PM

      Hey Selena, I guess by now you have made and ate up your cake. I was in Jamaica in 1990 for my honeymoon, my ex-husband is from MoBay. We went to a neighbor's house and she was making the black cake, all her fruits were grinded so fine, you could not see the fruits, It was too die for. Anway check out caribbeanmagazine.com for black cake receipe. She gave me the receipe and I have misplaced it, but after lots of research, this one at above website it the closest to what she made. I am going to start my fruits this month. Let me know how it turns out. I have collected several cook books each time I visit Jamaica, let me know if you need anything else.

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