• by Meghan Richards, Intern.

    Holidays are a time when food and tradition come together to tell the story of families. This Christmas Eve, my mom and I took on the endeavor of trying to recreate my grandmother’s black cake.  Black cake, otherwise known as rum cake, is a fruit cake made with dried fruits that have been soaked with rum over a period of time. The cake is very popular in the Caribbean and it is usually eaten during Christmas, weddings, and birthdays.

    Now you might be thinking why I called this an endeavor, we just had to follow the recipe. However, the recipe died with my grandmother. My mother bought the ingredients but never helped make the cake. So she only knew how the cake should taste. I was six when my grandmother died, so I don’t remember anything about her cakes.

    Since my mom knew the ingredients, she told me to look online for recipes.  After a half hour of searching, I found a recipe that my mom felt was close enough to my grandmothers’. The baking process shortly began after finding the recipe. In the middle of measuring flour, breaking eggs, looking for sugar, and pre-heating the oven, I heard stories that I never heard before. For example, one night the Kitchen-Aid broke and my grandmother sent my mom to Macys to buy another one. I also learned about why she doesn’t have the recipe. My grandmother died at 50 and you just don’t expect your parent to die at that age. We laughed and talked during the entire baking process.

    After baking at 350 degrees for an hour and a half, the cake was done. The cake tasted great to me. However, my mom felt that something was missing but it was close. I feel that the thing that is missing is Gladys Cummings (my grandmother) not an ingredient.

    Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there has to be a holiday that has special foods and stories attached to it. What are they and have you shared the stories and recipes with your loved ones? Or are you searching to find a way to recreate it?

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