Friday morning on Sunrise Barrington Lewis who owns Barrington’s Jamaican Kitchen, joined us on set to show us how to make a traditional Caribbean black cake. The cake is the subject of a new book written by a former Bakersfield news anchor. Author Charmain Wilkerson talked about her new book with 17’s Maddie Janssen.

Black Cake:

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp vanila
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour
2 tbsp browning sauce
2 tbsp molasses
1 1/2 cup port wine
1 1/2 cup dark rum
2 cups raisins
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Combine fruit and alcohol and allow to soak for at least 7 days and up to several months. Add more wine and rum to cover fruit as needed.

Blend fruit and wine/rum mixture. Mix with all other ingredients until smooth. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean. Soak with more port wine or rum/wine combo overnight.