Grater Cake is a traditional Jamaican confection (I bet you haven’t heard that word in a long while). It’s grated coconut, sugar and spices. As I’ve always say, Jamaicans love their sugar! At least those over age 60, like me. That’s because we grew up on traditional confections like grater cake, which was one of the sweet treats you could find in almost every Jamaican food shop then… and now. But it wasn’t unusual for people to make grater cake at home. That’s because there are only a few ingredients, and if you have a heavy bottom pot and a big wooden spoon you’re set to get the job done.
When my children were young, they always loved Grater Cake a little more than Coconut Drops. Maybe because of the pretty pink on top. I’m really not sure because I think both are delicious!
Every Jamaican knows what Grater Cake is and, like me, have nostalgic memories from childhood. When I was young I could make one piece of grater cake last for days! Nowadays I don’t eat Grater Cake often, so when I do it’s a real treat.