Black Cake and the Caribbean Region Experience
Once every year, just before Christmas, dried fruits such as raisins and dried plums are bought, ground and mixed with Rum and a myriad of other spirits, depending on the island you are from or the person baking. This exotic Caribbean standard for baking black cake, beckons calls from moms, aunties, uncles and grandmas. Often shipped abroad to family members wrapped in wax paper, foil and canned in any left-over cookie or cake cans.
This Caribbean delight whets the appetite of generations from 6 year old to 96 years. Savoring a piece of black cake is somewhat akin to receiving a gift you can keep for life.
Spreading the news that the black cake has arrived causes family members to think of hiding places and secure spots for personal nibbling.
No worries for today though, black cakes are available all year round and found on supermarket shelves throughout the Caribbean region. In North America, specifically in the Eastern region, a handful of bakeries now keep them on hand for those special occasion orders.
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