Caribbean Christmas Cake (Known As Black Cake)

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I have never made this recipe; posted in response to a request. I worked with a woman from Guyana many years ago, and she brought a Black Cake to a Christmas party one year; it was fabulous!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F; spray a nine-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla and browning until soft and creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
  4. In a third bowl, beat the eggs with the rum.
  5. Add egg mixture to butter mixture and thoroughly combine, then stir in zest, fruit and nuts.
  6. Fold in flour mixture; do not overbeat.
  7. Put batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for approximately 90 minutes, or until cake tests done; may need longer.
  8. Remove cake from pan when cool.
Most Helpful

Loved it! I do not understand why everyone waits for Christmas to make these delightful concoctions, I do them year round, though sometime I cheat and have them in form of steamed pudding (very similar). Didn't have any browning sauce so I used a TBSP of chicory coffee instead. Super recipe.

Country Bumpkin February 24, 2004

well what can i say,it was absolutely wonderful.It didn't last long.Now all the family want one for christmas.Thankyou so much.I guess i will be baking to christmas eve ha ha,I would change nothing about the recipe,i found it just perfect.

sandra burgher December 16, 2003

I love black cake, but I can't say that I'm the best baker. In the past, when I couldn't get it from family during Christmas, I would even order it online from websites like Aunt Eulie's. But I tried your recipe and I was so excited that it came out good. I am practicing so that I can feel confident to share my black cake with others.

sunray528 December 07, 2009