Barbados Butter Cake

    1 hour 30 minutes

    My grandmother is from Barbados and gave me this recipe from her childhood. It is easy to make, simple in its tastes and is similar to a butter cake.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 cups (350g) white sugar
    • 500g butter
    • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
    • 1 tablespoon almond essence
    • 2 cups (500ml) milk

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Lightly grease and flour one 20cm ring tin.
    2. By hand with a spatula cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs all at once and beat well.
    3. Sift the flour and the baking powder together. Add to butter mixture along with 1 cup of the milk. Continue to beat well; the batter will be doughy.
    4. Add the remaining 1 cup of milk along with the vanilla and almond essences. Pour batter into the prepared ring tin.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 180 degrees C and continue baking for 15 minutes longer.

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    This is an excellent recipe and I will make it again with one BIG CHANGE. The temperature of 400 degrees is way too hot. I bake at least one or two cakes a week and have a professional stove. It scorched the top after 45 minutes with that hot of an oven. I never made it far enough to lower the oven to bake it for another 15 like the directions state. Next time I'll bake it at 325-350 degrees for one hour and then adjust accordingly.  -  16 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was awesome!!! I have been looking for this recipe for ages and am thankful that I finally found it The cake tasted exactly like it did when I grew up in the island of Barbados. Wow!! I have a picture of how it turned out too. I did not hand-mix, but used a KitchenAid mixture instead and I had to lower the temperature to 325 because 400 was definitely too high. However, the quantities were PERFECT!!!!  -  27 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    As a Bajan this is true 'bajan pudding' as we call it. The temp is high but the almond , mixed or vanilla essences does not matter as everyone has their favourite. The consistency, moisture and fluffy ness are perfect when the recipe is followed correctly. We even add cherries, raisins or mixed peel for difference flavours. Thanks, will definately make this over and over.  -  26 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)