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Traditional Jamaican Christmas Cake and Sorrel Drink

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Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year. During this period, we celebrate the birth of Christ and take time out to spend with family members and friends. It is also a season that we Jamaicans celebrate our unique culture by preparing some of our traditional Christmas servings.

Jamaican Christmas Cake

A traditional Jamaican Christmas Fruit cake is one of the favourite servings to look forward to during the yuletide season. It is rich in flavours; dark and spongy with rum soaked fruits. There is no unique way of preparing this treat as many different recipes exists and I bet they are as delicious as the one I am about to share. This is how my family and I prepare this cake each year.


  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups mixed fruits
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoon browning
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup white rum
  • 1 cup wine
  • 5 eggs


  • Soak fruits in wine for at least a month
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius)
  • Grease and line two 9-inch round cake pans
  • Beat eggs thoroughly, adding them one at a time
  • Then add oil, wine, rum and browning
  • Add mixed fruits
  • In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients
  • Gradually add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients
  • Mix well
  • Pour batter into baking tins
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour
  • Cake is done when it begins to pull away from the sides of the pan

Sorrel Drink

The sorrel drink is very popular during the Christmas holidays. Sorrel was once only available during the Christmas season but now thanks to technology, it is available all year round. But this does not affect the significance and popularity of this drink during the Christmas season.



  • 1 pound sorrel
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 – 3 cups sugar
  • 2 – 4 oz. ginger
  • ¼ cup rum (optional)
  • 1 cup wine (optional)
  • 8-12 pimento grains


  • Wash sorrel thoroughly and then drain
  • Wash, peel and grate ginger
  • Add the ginger and pimento grains to sorrel
  • Boil water and pour over sorrel
  • Cover sorrel and allow to stand for about 6 hours
  • Strain then add sugar to sweeten
  • Add rum and wine and then refrigerate or serve chill

With these two traditional servings, along with the cool Jamaican Christmas breeze and some reggae Christmas carols, you are now on your way to enjoying Christmas, Jamaican style.

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