“Ras” “Mas” Non-Alcoholic Sorrel Drink

Ahhh Christmas… One of the most beloved holidays in the world, but ever so special to Jamaicans. Christmas for Jamaicans means good conversations, gifts, time spent with family, and, most importantly, a full spread of food – curry goat, curry chicken, rice and peas. No Christmas, however, would be complete without sorrel.

Kick Off Your Christmas Cooking with Some Reggae and Black Cake (vegan and gluten-free)

I’m letting my sorrel soak so I can make the drink tomorrow and you may want to do the same if you haven’t already. In the meanwhile, I’ll re-post an oldie but a goodie — my vegan Christmas black “rum” cake. It can easy be made gluten-free by substituting the flour with an equal amount of gluten free flour (Bob’s Red Mill baking blend or Angelique flour are my go-to favs). Making black cake is a Jamaican Christmas tradition.

Jamaican Black “Rum” Cake

All Jamaicans will tell you that Christmas means sorrel and black cake. 🙂 As one of my many exam procrastination projects, I made a Jamaican black “rum” cake with royal icing — all vegan. I then brought it to Tracy’s house for her first annual Christmas baking competition. I’m now suffering from a mild diabetic…