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Trinidad black cake and sorrel drink

Updated on October 13, 2015

Trinidad black cake (fruit cake with brandy)

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Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 2 hours 30 min
Ready in: 3 hours 15 min
Yields: 36


  • 1 lb prunes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 lb raisins
  • 1 lb currants
  • 1 lb sultanas
  • 1/4 lb mixed peel
  • 1/2 lb cherries, chopped in half
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry brandy
  • 2 cups rum
  • 2 cups or 1 lb butter
  • 2 cups or 1 lb sugar, brown or granulated
  • 10 eggs, large
  • 2 tsp lime peel, grated
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lb or 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup browning or more
  • 1 cup mixture of rum,cherry brandy and sherry
  • 1/4 cups almonds, chopped
  1. On the day before or a few days before baking cake combine prunes,raisins,currants,sultanas, mixed peel,cherries,almonds cherry brandy and rum.
  2. Line three 8' round pans with double layers of wax paper.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time,add lime peel and vanilla.
  5. Combine flour ,baking powder and cinnamon ,fold into creamed mixture gradually.
  6. Add fruit and enough browning to give desired color.
  7. Put in lined baking pans 3/4 full and bake in preheated oven at 250° F for first hour,reduce heat to 200° F - 225° F for remaining 1 1/2 hours or until tester comes out clean.
  8. Prick hot cake and soak with mixture of rum,cherry brandy and sherry.Cover and set aside.
  9. As alcohol soaks pour and continue to do so for 12 hours.(optional) N.B- fruits can be soaked months before. For non Alcoholic cake omit rum ,sherry and cherry brandy.

Sorrel Drink

What you will need.

2 lb sorrel

8 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

12 clove

2 cups sugar more if preferred


1.- Wash sorrel and remove petals.

2.- Put water,cinnamon and cloves in a pot and bring to boil.

3.- Add sorrels petals,cover and boil for 3 to 5 minutes.

4.- Turn of heat and leave for a few hours or overnight.

5.- Strain and bottle;keep refrigerated.

6.- When ready to serve dilute with water to required strength and sweeten to taste.

N.B - rum can be added to flavor if preferred

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 132g
Calories 369
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Carbohydrates 48 g16%
Sugar 28 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 87 mg29%
Sodium 174 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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