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Trinidad Black Cake

Course Desserts
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 2 5 pound cake ( 64 slices)
Author Felix (Simply Trini Cooking)


  • 3 ½ -4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 bt. sherry brandy 25%, 50 proof
  • 1 cup browning
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence or extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 lbs. fruits raisins, currants, dates, cherries, mixed peel, almond, sultanas
  • Grated orange rind
  • Rum 80 proof (at least 4 cups)


  • Sift the flour and the baking soda together in a separate bowl. Add spices to flour.
  • ream the shortening and sugar. Beat the eggs. Add the eggs, browning and vanilla essence. Mix well. Add the flour to the cream mixture.
  • Blend about about ¾ cup of fruits and ½ cup of sherry brandy to the consistency of a jam.
  • Add the soaked blended fruits and fruits and mix.
  • Place in a greased and floured baking dish and bake in a preheated oven 270-300 degrees Fahrenheit or until cake leaves the sides or for about (3 hours).
  • Test with a thin knife, insert in the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean the cake is done. Pour some rum over the baked cake immediately after it is baked.