Unique Preparation Process:

Tantalizing Variations:

  • Flour Variations: Experiment with different gluten-free flour blends—almond flour, rice flour, or a blend of your choice—to find your preferred texture.
  • Fruit Medley: Get creative with your dried fruits! Mix in figs, apricots, or cranberries for a unique flavor profile.
  • Binding Agents: Apart from flaxseed, consider chia seeds or psyllium husk as alternative binding agents for the cake.
  • Alcohol Substitutions: While traditional recipes call for dark rum, opt for fruit juice or a flavored syrup for a non-alcoholic version.
  • Whipped Coconut Cream: A luscious topping that complements the cake’s richness.
  • Tropical Fruit Compote: Tangy pineapple or mango compote adds a refreshing contrast.
  • Aged Rum Drizzle: For a decadent touch, lightly drizzle aged rum over the cake before serving.
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5 from 2 votes

Vegan & Gluten-Free Caribbean Black Cake Recipe



  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (if the flour blend doesn't include it)
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed mixed with 2 tablespoons water (acts as a binder)
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruits (raisins, currants, prunes)
  • 1 cup vegan butter or coconut oil, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice (combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)
  • 1/4 cup molasses or dark agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional, like almonds or walnuts)


  • Preheat your oven to 325°F Grease and line a cake tin with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ground flaxseed with water and set it aside to thicken, creating a "flax egg.
  • In a separate bowl, soak the mixed dried fruits in the dark rum. Let it sit for at least an hour or overnight for better flavor absorption.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened vegan butter or coconut oil with brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the thickened flaxseed mixture, vanilla extract, almond extract, and molasses/agave syrup. Mix well until combined.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum (if using), and mixed spice.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, alternating with almond milk. Mix until you get a smooth batter.
  • Fold in the soaked dried fruits along with any remaining rum and chopped nuts into the batter.
  • Fold in the soaked dried fruits along with any remaining rum and chopped nuts into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and spread it evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing and serving.


  1. 5 stars
    This looks so tasty! I have time off of work, so I’m definitely going to make this for NYE!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband’s family is Caribbean and they’re coming to visit. I stumbled on your website and I’m so happy to bookmark and make this to impress them!! Thank you!!

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