A Christmas tree is the most ideal  and essential component to complete or give the Christmas’ feels. As for this, so are black cakes for the Caribbean folks.

Nothing is more satisfying than a great exquisite strong black cake  and I mean strong as the taste of fire – be mindful though, just moderate alcohol. Moving on, black cakes make the closure of the Count down to Christmas Eve’s delights list by its distinctive taste and love that the Caribbean folks have for its excellency. One fact, one would never meet any Caribbean folk (Trinidadian) without  a black cake in  their homes. As of hams being in the spotlight  on every Xmas table, so is black cake most present and served in every Caribbeanian’s  home.

Down below is a black cake recipe made for you.

Black Cake Recipe

Fruit mixture;


2 cups of raisins

1 cup of currant

1/2 cup of prunes

2/3 cup candied mixed peel

1 1/4  cups cherry brandy

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp of mixed spice

Cake batter

2 cups butter, soften

1 cup brown sugar

8 eggs

4 cups flour

6 tbsp  Home Flavor food browning

1 tsp vanilla extract


Gather the raisins, currants, prunes, peel and place them inside the food processor and blend them till fine. Transfer the blended fruits into a large bowl. Add  cherry brandy, 1/2 brown sugar and peel into the bowl and mix well. Seal the bowl when finish and place in the refrigerator for 2 weeks  to 2 months if you want the flavors to blend in well.

Preheat the oven to 165 degrees C. Grease cake pan and place in parchment paper to prevent burning cake and easily removing cake when it’s finished.

Cake batter method

Combine the butter and brown sugar and beat till smooth using cake blender. Add eggs and beat  till smooth. Then add in the fruit mixture and beat once again. Pour flour, food browning and vanilla extract and mix as you  pour till it cooperates smoothly with the other ingredients. Pour the cake mixture  into the greased cake pan and place into oven for 2 1/2 hours. When done, leave  to cool and then enjoy.

Health benefits of Black Cake

Although, black cake consists of alcohol, moderate consumption of alcohol is good for health and it boosts health in a distinctive way.

Consuming alcohol in little amount can render detoxification in the body, helping to detox the body of toxic and excess metabolites. In addition, alcohol gives a sense of well being and reduces stress. Apart from alcohol, the addition of dried fruits; prunes, raisins and currants provides great amount of antioxidant, fiber and minerals. Which all aid the body to great health.

Did you know?

Consuming a minimum percent of alcohol (one drink) per  day can prevent you from erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular diseases, gallstone formation and diabetes which the school of public health and medical researchers have declared and proven by conducting multiple experiments which have proven these claims.

Note – This  article is in no means in the support of Alcoholism.

Photos credits to Pinterest.

Happy Xmas eve and an early merry Christmas.


  1. terrifiedamateur says:

    Intriguing variation on the more traditional Christmas cake, though I would substitute dried cranberries for raisins. You’re spot-on about the alcohol. Though I’m not a drinker, not really, a little wine, etc. greatly enhances so many dishes. Nice post!

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