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Black. Cake Recipe

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Narena Nerahoo


1 lb. prunes, seeded and chopped
1 lb. raisins
1 lb. currants
1 lb. sultanas
lb mixed peel
lb. cherries
lb. chopped almonds
1 cupe cherry brandy
2 cups rum
2 cups of butter
2 cups of sugar
10 eggs
2 tsp. Grated lime peel
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
4 cups of flour
4 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
cup browning
1 cup mixture of rum, cherry brandy, and sherry

A few days before baking the cake, combine prunes, raisins, currants, sultanas, mixed peel, cherries, almonds, cherry brandy and rum. Blend together into a puree like texture
Line round cake pans with extra wax paper
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Beat in eggs, add lime peel and vanilla
Combine flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Fold into creamed mixture slowly
Add fruit and enough browning to give a dark, rich color
Put in lined baking pans and bake in a preheated oven at 250F for 2 hours
Bake until toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean
Poke hot cake and soak with mixture of rum, cherry brandy, and sherry. Cover and set aside
As the mixture soaks in, pour in more.

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This is Christmas in a cake. It would not be holiday time in Trinidad without fresh black cake being made and eaten well into the new year.




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