black cake


: a rich, dark cake of Caribbean origin containing dried or candied fruit soaked in rum or brandy and spices
Colwin's introduction to black cake came via her daughter's babysitter from the West Indies, where the cake is typically served for weddings and holidays.Diana Burrell, Boston Globe, 13 Dec. 2006
The moist, dense confection inside—which because of my Trinidadian background I knew is called black cake—exuded aromas of rum and spice.Ramin Ganesbraum, Saveur, December 2006

Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black cake was in 1865

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“Black cake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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