Happy 50th Birthday Jamaica!

Ernesto lost its steam overnight so today, Jamaicans are focusing on marking 50th years of Independence from Britain and celebrating big wins at the London Olympics. Our medal count’s now up to 2 golds, silver and bronze.

There’s no better way to celebrate than with this fabulous birthday cake that was featured recently in one of our local papers, The Daily Gleaner.

Happy 50th Birthday Jamaica
Happy 50th Birthday Jamaica

From the Jamaican Gleaner —

As we approach our country’s 50th anniversary, it seems Jamaican colours are popping up everywhere more than ever. Now you can have it in a cake.

A few months ago, wedding cake designer Shaun Grant, known for her amazing sugar creations, got an unusual request. “I was challenged to make a Jamaican cake,” she told Food. “The email I received said I seemed like the type of artist who could do something like that. I told her I would have to think about it.” And think she did. After only four failures, the owner of  Delights came up with a cake representing the Jamaican flag in every slice.

The cake that fully embodies Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence was unveiled recently at a luncheon hosted by the Women Business Owners Network. But as Grant explains, the cake is pretty complicated and requires a lot of carving. “It’s actually three cakes in one – dark chocolate, cheese cake and green velvet cake – and it actually takes two hours to assemble free-hand.” The end result is a very moist cake that she guarantees tastes as good as it looks. She uses all fresh ingredients, noting, “It must not only look good, but it must also taste good.”


12 comments on “Happy 50th Birthday Jamaica!

  1. Congrats to Jamaica on the Olympics!!!! You got the fastest man and woman…awesome.And Happy birthday to Jamaica too. Jamaica is such an awesome country. I went there in 2010 and cannot wait to go back. I had the best Pina Colada in Jamaica!!! And I myself made a cake just this Saturday too:)

    Also, I saw that you have been to many places in west africa, that’s awesome!!! I am going to do a Trans-africa trip in October and will pass though west Africa. I hope it will be a great journey because I love Africa:) and hope to get some advise from you

    Have a great week:)

  2. Sure seems like a complicated task, making that cake. Every color is perfectly in place. I know you must be happy to be back in Jamaica to celebrate this time.

  3. Amazing, what a magnificent birthday cake. For a moment I thought it was a work of art on the table. Happy Birthday to Jamaica Even though it’s a little late

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