Caribbean Black Fruitcake Recipe
By Amy Wisniewski
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Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 3 hrs 15 mins, plus aging time (optional) | Active Time: 25 mins | Makes: 2 (9-inch) loaves
Also known as wedding cake, Christmas cake, and bolo pretu, among other monikers, this cake has roots throughout the Caribbean and is usually reserved for the celebratory events it’s named for. Not unlike the more common dark fruitcakes, it’s packed with dried fruits, nuts, and warm spices, but the molasses found in stateside cakes is swapped for burnt sugar (see “What to buy”), resulting in a slightly bitter yet rich, chocolaty flavor. This cake has endless ingredient variations, but one is universal—rum, and lots of it!
What to buy: Burnt sugar syrup is the crucial ingredient, giving this cake its deep black color and unique flavor, which cannot successfully be mimicked by dark corn syrup or molasses, not even blackstrap. Although burnt sugar can be made at home, the process can be imprecise. We like Blue Mountain Country for its moderate sweetness and chocolate notes.
Use our recipe for Candied Grapefruit Zest and swap out the grapefruit peel for orange. A homemade candied citrus yields the best results, but if you’d rather purchase some, use a high-quality candied zest, which usually appears in the fall at gourmet or specialty stores. Don’t even think about... read more
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I do it all the time. Being a multinational family the regifted stuff goes to someone in a different country.
Then there's the fact that I'm older than dirt and so are my friends. We give each other antiques which you can't buy any more. Nothing more satisfying than giving a doll collector some 1920 limoges tiny doll house sized plates and accessories. Hit of the party I might add.
I got a lovely Fitz and Floyd pedestal plate this year. She got a one of a kind beaded poker sweater which i bought 25 years ago and only wore twice. Yes, I am a lousy poker player. It however was a $600 sweater way back then. Who knows what it's worth now.
In fact we now insist on not buying gifts. We'd rather have the old but irreplaceable stuff.