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    Guyana Black Cake

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    2 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    2 hrs

    Olha's Note:

    This rich moist cake is served at weddings and at Christmas.

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    Serves: 2



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    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/2 lb ground almonds (2 cups)
    • 1/2 lb icing sugar (confectioner's, 2 cups)
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond essence (extract)



    1. 1
      FOR THE CAKE: Wash and dry fruit. Grind fruit and soak with 3/4 cup of rum. Store, covered, in glass jar to steep for 2 weeks or longer.
    2. 2
      TO MAKE CARAMEL, heat 1 lb. of sugar in a heavy bottomed frying pan until melted; simmer until dark brown. Let cool.
    3. 3
      Cream butter and 1/2 lb (250 g) sugar well, add beaten eggs a little at a time; add soaked fruits and rum, stirring well, and enough caramel to make it as dark as desired.
    4. 4
      Add sifted flour with baking powder and mixed spice. Fold in peel and chopped nuts.
    5. 5
      Pour mixture into baking pan, greased and lined with waxed paper. Bake in a slow oven at 300°F for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
    6. 6
      Sprinkle additional rum over cake immediately after it is baked. Repeat a few times. Allow cake to remain in pan for 2 to 3 days.
    7. 7
      FOR THE MARZIPAN: Beat egg whites to a stiff froth, stir in ground almonds, sugar and almond essence to make a paste.
    8. 8
      Remove cake from pan, place on a cake plate. Cover top of cake with almond paste. Roll rest of paste thinly to cover sides. Allow to dry 1 day before icing.
    9. 9
      FOR THE ROYAL ICING: Beat egg whites to a froth, add sugar, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon juice and sugar and continue to beat until mixture forms peaks.
    10. 10
      Dip a spatula in hot water and smoother the icing over the almond paste. A second layer may be applied when the first is thoroughly dried.
    11. 11
      Decorate as desired. If cake is for a wedding choose appropriate colours and decorations. If cake is for Christmas colours chosen may be red and green on white with a Christmas theme.
    12. 12
      Caribbean Cuisine….Betty “K”.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 29, 2007


      used this recipe last year at my first attempt at Black cake. was perfect!

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    • on December 02, 2008



    Nutritional Facts for Guyana Black Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (1835 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 6157.0
    Calories from Fat 1509
    Total Fat 167.7 g
    Saturated Fat 67.8 g
    Cholesterol 878.5 mg
    Sodium 1241.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1087.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 39.1 g
    Sugars 900.9 g
    Protein 76.3 g

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    mixed spice

    mixed peel

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