December 10, 2023

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Jamaican-Style Coffee Cake: What I love about this website is that it offers me the opportunity to document recipes for my family and, in turn, for all of you. However, since I haven’t lived in Jamaica for many years, I now also make dishes that aren’t traditional Jamaican recipes. This is one of them.
I call it Sunshine Cake. I can’t even remember why I call it that but I found it years and years ago in a magazine ad for raisins. Like most of my cooking, I made this recipe my own with some Jamaican touches. After adding some more spices, pineapple and a hit of rum it has become a family favourite so it had to be added here … by special demand. This recipe is very flexible so if you don’t have apples, you can use pears instead. A cup of walnuts or pecans are also a great addition for nut lovers. Sunshine Cake is delicious warm out of the oven, but personally I think it tastes even better the next day … with a cup of coffee. Enjoy!

1 cup Butter, soften
1 cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Orange Zest
3 Eggs
3 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Allspice
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Cooking Apple, chopped
1 cup Homemade Sour cream (see below)
1 (14-oz) can Crushed Pineapple, drained
1/4 cup Pineapple Juice (drained from crushed pineapple)
1 cup Raisins
2 Tbsp Jamaican Rum
2 tsp Vanilla Flavouring
Homemade Sour Cream: Mix 1 cup of whole milk with 2 Tbsp lemon juice and stir.

Preheat oven: 350 degrees

1. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy; mix in orange zest

2. Add eggs one at a time, mixing batter well after each addition

3. Combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg; set aside

4. Combine apples, crushed pineapple and sour cream; set aside

5. Add dry ingredients and sour cream/fruit mixture to the batter; alternating between dry and wet

6. Add pineapple juice, raisins, rum and vanilla to the batter; mix well

7. Pour cake batter into a greased bundt pan and place in preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour or until a inserted knife comes our clean
Serves 12

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I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.


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