Jamaican Cake and Easter Bun Recipes

Jamaican recipes for spice and Easter buns  which goes great with Tastee cheddar cheese. Also recipes for Jamaican black Christmas cake, Toto and Jamaican banana bread.

Jamaica Stores Fruity Easter Bun Recipe

1 1/4 cups packed brown or demarara sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped mixed fruits of your choice (soaked in liquor of choice or prune wine)
3/4 cup stout or malta
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tablespoon molasses
1 egg
1 tbsp mixed spice (or to taste)
1.  Using a saucepan, heat the stout ( malta), sugar, butter, molasses and spices on low flame, ensure that you stir until all ingredients are properly dissolved.
2.  Cool mixture before adding in the egg so as to prevent scrambling the egg. Mix together well
3.  Sift the flour and baking powder and add in batches to the wet mixture, mixing well between batches 
4.  Drain and add chopped fruit mixture and mix well.
5.  Bake in a greased and floured loaf pan at 350F for 1 hour (Test for doneness after 50 minutes).

Jamaican Easter Bun Recipe

½ bottle stout (optional)
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
½ tablespoon browning
1 tablespoon molasses
½ pint milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
½ cup raisins – soaked in water or liquor
½ cup mixed peel
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon allspice or mixed spice
1 tablespoon cherries
½ tablespoon allspice
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
1.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm the stout on low flame. 
2.  Add browning, sugar, molasses and butter. 
3.  Stir until dissolved. Sift together flour, baking powder and spices. 
4.  Add chopped fruits - ensure raisins are drained - to the mixture. 
5.  Add wet ingredients to flour mixture. Bake in a greased loaf pan for 1 to 1 ¼ hours. 
6.  Remove from oven when ready, and allow to cool. Glaze with sugar water. Honey and melted butter can also be used.

Jamaican Christmas Cake Recipe: Sandy's Christmas Delite

(Handed down one generation from Aunt Cherry)
Jamaican dark rich fruitcake
2 lbs butter
2 lbs sugar
1 1/2 lbs flour
1 lb bread crumbs 
3 tsps baking powder
1 1/2 dozen eggs (eyes removed)
6 tsps rose water & almond food flavouring
6 tsps vanilla
2 tsps nutmeg
8 tsps mixed spice
1 tsp salt
1 bottle browning
2 lbs raisins
2 lbs currants
2 lbs prunes (pitted)
1 lb mixed peel
1 lb cherries
1 Red Label Wine
I Bottle Appleton White Rum
1.  Prepare fruits from December the previous year to get it very mellow. Chop prunes and cherries and grind mixed peel.
2.  Put prunes, raisins, currants, mixed peel and cherries in a covered glass container. 
3.  Pour enough Red Label wine and Appleton white rum to cover fruits. 
4.  Check fruits about every four months to add more wine & rum. Do not allow it to dry out. By December the fruits will become soft & mellow. 
If you are late in your preparations, prepare the fruits the same way then steam them in the wine and rum mixture for about 15 minutes then turn off and leave to cool.
5.  Cream butter and sugar until mixture become light and creamy. 
6.  Combine all dry ingredients -- flour, salt, baking powder, mixed spice and nutmeg.
7.  Blend all liquids -- eggs, rose water & almond flavouring, vanilla and add about two tablespoons of wine & rum to mixture. 
8.  Blend with mixer at low speed for two minutes.
9.  Combine butter and sugar mixture with flour mixture a portion at a time alternately until all is combined. 
10. Then add browning. Mix until mixture is completely brown. Add fruit mixture and bread crumbs a portion at a time alternately until finished. 
11. You can add or reduce the amount of fruits you would like in the mixture. The more fruits the heavier the cake. 
12. Preheat oven at 250 degrees. Bake at 250 degrees for two hours. This mixture should give you about two large and four medium cakes. 
13. At the end of two hours check the centre of the cake with a knife. If the knife comes out clean, the cake is done if not leave in for a few more minutes until done. 
14. Depending on the thickness of the cake the large cake may take another half -hour. (Jamaica Observer Website 2002)
Alternatively, watch Grace Kitchen's Rich Christmas Cake video for step by step direction on how to make a delicious fruit cake.
**You do have a choice to buy rather than bake and should you want to buy fruit cakes, then please see our selection of Jamaican fruit cake mixes, pre-baked fruit cakes and rum cakes in our cake section.

Totally Delish Coconut Toto 

3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3   cup melted butter
1 1/4 cups coconut milk (use evaporated milk for lighter taste) 
2     cups freshly grated coconut
(alternatively dessicated coconut can be used)
2 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla
3 tsps. baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp. salt
1.  Blend the melted butter, coconut milk, sugar and vanilla for 1 minute
2.  Add the eggs and blend an additional minute.
3.  Sift together the dry ingredients and form a well into which to add the wet ingredients
4.  Fold in the shredded/grated coconut
5.  Spread evenly into a greased square 8" tin
6.  Bake at 375F about 40 minutes or until toothpick test shows done

Easy Peasy Quick Banana Bread 

3 large ripe banana (mashed, the riper the better) 
1 banana (cut into small pieces)
1/3 cup melted butter or light oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp (rum or brandy (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup raisins or cranberries (optional)
Pinch of salt
1.  Preheat the oven to 375° F / 180°C
2.  Using a blender, blend all the wet ingredients, 3 mashed bananas and sugar
3.  Sift flour with salt and baking soda in a large bowl
4.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients until just mixed and no lumps or floured spots remain ( do not overmix)
5.  Mix in dried fruits and the one banana cut into pieces
6.  Pour the mixture into a buttered loaf pan
7.  Bake for about 30 minutes until loaf is golden brown, test for doneness
8.  Allow to cool before slicing to serve
Serve with a slice of Tastee Cheese

5 Comments To "Jamaican Cake and Easter Bun Recipes"
Lurline Brooks - 16/04/2014

Thank you for these wonderful recipe I really love them. I am going to try the Jamaica Easter Bun soon.
renetasmod - 16/04/2014

easter buns are delicious
marsha - 10/03/2014

I like the fact that the recipes are simple even for a novice like me. Keep the recipes coming. I encourage my friend to have at least one cake tin at home. You may never know when you want to get your experimenting game on!
ruth lindsay - 10/02/2014

I wanted this toto recipe so long also the stout easter bun its great thanks a lot any one has the recipe for chicken ham mrs edwards who use to work for rada had teach me about it however i lose the recipe

I love to cook and grace cook kept my heart going to achieve my goal of becoming a chef

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