Christmas Jamaican Tradition: Fruit Cake

This article, “Christmas Jamaican Tradition: Fruit Cake,” shows how Jamaicans all over the world enjoy and share this rich fruit cake during the holiday season.

Christmas Jamaican traditions include the delightful, one-of-a-kind, mouthwatering fruit cake … a must have during the Holiday Season. You just have to have it!

This is another custom passed on throughout generations from multicultural ancestors. There will be variations, each resulting in a one-of-a-kind experience.

Individuals, local stores, bakeries, and supermarkets can’t seem to supply enough to meet the huge demands.

This rich cake is also used for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions.

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All Occasions Fruit Cake

Christmas Jamaican Traditions: Around the World.

Traditions can be hard to break especially if they are embedded in rich culture. Jamaicans are no exception; they take their traditions with them around the world.

Families usually come together for the holidays and whether they are in Jamaica or abroad, they are sure to source their favorite Christmas Fruit Cake.

People traveling abroad from Jamaica oftentimes take cake for family and friends. Companies and entrepreneurial individuals will also ship overseas.

As we experience other cultures, ideas are exchanged resulting in the addition or subtraction of ingredients. Conversations reveal the origins of each practice.

Gift giving between cultures is a good way to sample different products. It is common practice for some people to save or collect round cookie tins to bake their cakes and give away as gifts or sell.

Fruit Cake … How Do You Like It?

There are several variations in the types of dried or candied fruits and spices used to make Jamaican Christmas Fruit Cake. Some are enriched with bright colored red and green candied cherries.

Others omit those, using less conspicuous colors going with raisins and currants. They can be added to the batter whole or blended for a smoother cake.

Either method is just as tasty. It’s a matter of preference.

The secret to a good fruit cake is soaking the fruits in wine, rum and/or brandy for several months in advance. Another option is adding the alcohol to the batter.

You’ll find something just the way you like it …

  • With or without bright-colored candied cherries.
  • Finely blended or coarse dried fruits.
  • Alcohol or no alcohol.

Whatever your preference, have a slice of real Jamaican Christmas Fruit Cake. Enjoy!

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Delightful Presentation!

By the Slice? Or Buy the Whole?

If a slice is all you need, go for it … good luck, you’ll be craving more! A whole cake just makes much more sense to me especially since it has a long shelf life.

Christmas fruit cake can be kept for many years, believe it or not. That way you can indulge or entertain throughout the year to your heart’s desire.

Many families will have several cakes depending on the size of their families and gatherings during this festive time of year. People will also give cake, sorrel, and other food items as gifts when they go visiting.

It is customary for companies to serve slices of cake and sorrel to their staff and clients to show their appreciation. Some organizations may even have raffles with a cake as the main prize.

One thing to note if you like a personal touch, made-to-order cakes are usually ordered days or weeks ahead to ensure getting them in time.

Christmas: Enjoy the Cake, Celebrate Christ!

Twas the night before Christmas when all lights were out, Mass Joe and Miss Janie awakened by a shout. “You have anymore of the Christmas cake there? Mi wife throw mi out ’cause mi finish her share.”

This could actually happen. The husband got carried away and couldn’t resist eating the entire cake all before Christmas. His wife was not prepared to be left out on Christmas Day!

A lot of preparation and time go into making this delightful cake in accordance with the Christmas Jamaican tradition. It is well worth it and most people appreciate that.

There’s still quite a bit of hustle and bustle on Christmas Day to get things done … cooking, last minute baking, and visiting to be close to loved ones.

Many churches have an early morning Christmas service to celebrate the birth of Christ as Savior of the world. This is the most important tradition as we honor Him.

“Oh come, let us adore Him!

Some people choose to ignore the festivities for personal or spiritual reasons. That is not surprising as everyone will not agree on interpretation of any celebration.

For those who celebrate in one way or the other, this is usually a time to share with others and spread glad tidings.

Finally, Let’s Recap.

Traditions make one culture distinct from another. The Jamaican Christmas Fruit Cake may be similar to those of other cultures but some aspects are unique to Jamaica.

Dried and candied fruits in various assortments, wine, rum and/or brandy give it its special feature. It is another item that is savored into New Year and will be enjoyed throughout the year.

Go with your gut and have a slice or stock up to have enough for the family, to give away, or to treat yourself after the holidays.

So, it’s Christmas Eve and most of the preparations for the Christmas Day celebration are done. Take time out to relax and enjoy the festivities.

Reflect on the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of everything else. The reason for the season is celebration for the birth of Jesus. His coming is the Father’s gift to the world.

While you show love to those around you, show some love for the traditional Christmas Jamaican Fruit Cake! You will be glad you did.

To everyone, from my family to you and yours, have a blessed Christmas … stay safe! We are approaching the beginning of another year, 2021. We wish you all the best.

Let us know if and how you like the fruit cake or any other cake for the holidays. We would also be interested to hear what your favorite Christmas tradition is. Please comment below.

I hope you enjoy this article, “Christmas Jamaican Tradition: Fruit Cake.” If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I will be more than happy to serve you.

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Courtesy of Camille’s Kakes & Treats, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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