Vegan Caribbean Rum Cake + Cookbook Giveaway!


While we were in Barbados a couple weeks back I ran into Taymer Mason, the best selling author of Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion (Expanded Second Edition). Taymer is a long time friend, food blogger and someone I have a lot of respect for, especially since she’s one of the pioneers when it comes to “Caribbean” food blogging and documenting recipes in a format that’s easy to follow and replicate.

Our meeting was very coincidental as we were about to head out for a scheduled event in Bridgetown and it just so happen that Taymer was at the resort we were staying at for a lunch date with a friend.. we were just finishing up a couple adult beverages  at the same restaurant/bar. After doing the obligatory selfie for Instagram, Taymer gave me a peek at her NEW baby (I remembered the same pride I had when I published my first cookbook). I was immediately impressed.. “wow no she didn’t just hit us 200 Caribbean recipes.. VEGAN?” Since we were on our way out, I didn’t have time to go through  the entire book, however I have a copy in hand now, so here are some quick observations…

  • 200 vegan recipes
  • ALL 200 recipes are “Caribbean” in nature
  • NEW ways to use vegetables
  • A great representation of the ENTIRE Caribbean
  • Fresh, Healthy and TASTY (yes, I’ve given a few recipes the test-drive since getting my copy)
  • The images jumps out at you and demands you give the recipes a try
  • Easy to follow recipes, with simplified step by step cooking/prep instructions
  • This in NOT a book just for the kitchen.. this one is right at home on the coffee table as you’ll want to show it off

To prevent this post becoming overly long I won’t go on further, however I’ll hit you with a recipe from Taymer’s book below and immediately after you’ll get a chance to win a copy so you too can fall in love with Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion


Caribbean Vegan Rum Cake ~ Photographs © Matthew Benson

Rum Cake 

There are two common rum cakes in the Caribbean. One, called “black cake,” is made during Christmas holidays and for weddings using rum-soaked fruit. The other is made like a regular cake and has a buttered rum glaze, which is this recipe. (Serves 8)


¼ cup (60 ml) plus 2 tablespoons dark rum, preferably Mount Gay
¼ cup (60 ml) white rum, or additional dark rum
2 tablespoons falernum (see Island Tips)
½ cup (75 g) raisins
½ cup (115 g) vegan margarine
½ cup (115 g) vegetable shortening
1 cup (200 g) light brown sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon Ener-G egg replacer
1 teaspoon vanilla essence, or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (250 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon pink or sea salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup (240 ml) nondairy milk
1 tablespoon molasses

Rum Glaze
¼ cup (60 g) vegan margarine
¼ cup (60 ml) water
3 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence, or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup (60 ml) dark rum, preferably Mount Gay

1. To make the cake, pour ¼ cup (60 ml) of the dark rum, the white rum, and the falernum over the raisins and let them soak overnight in a covered container.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 × 3-inch (23 × 8 cm) Bundt pan.

3. Cream the margarine and shortening with the sugar until fluffy using an electric mixer. Whisk the water and egg replacer together, then add to the sugar mixture, along with the vanilla essence. Stir until evenly incorporated. Add the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and mix until just incorporated.
4. Stir the vinegar into the milk, then mix into the batter. Fold in the raisins and their liquid, the molasses, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of dark rum.

5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until brown and the top of the cake springs back when gently pressed.

6. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Combine the margarine, water, brown sugar, and vanilla essence in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat and stir in the rum. 7 Glaze the cake as it cools. Let cool completely before serving.

Falernum is a flavored syrup from the West Indies. It is full of tropical flavors, including lime, ginger, and almond. Look for it in well-stocked liquor stores. For a stunning presentation, toss slivered almonds with sugar over medium heat for a few seconds and decorate the cake.


Cookbook Giveaway!

  • open to US and Canada residents only
  • enter as many times as you want
  • there are 3 ways to enhance your chances of winning (see the contest below – comment, follow us on twitter & Facebook)
  • you MUST leave a comment to win. (should your name be chosen at random and we notice that you didn’t comment below, we WILL select another winner)
  • 1 winner will be selected, then contacted for your shipping details

Good luck to everyone who enters and be sure to check out Ms Mason’s Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion It’s definitely worth adding to your cookbook collection.. even if you’re not a vegan.  

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  1. Karen Towns
    December 14, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    love love love Caribbean flavors!!!

    • Jodia Johnson
      December 16, 2016 / 6:40 am

      I would love to win this. Have been thinking about going vegan for awhile now.

    • Lyra LeGall
      January 10, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      It would be very nice to win this because I’m vegan!

  2. Martha Arzu
    December 14, 2016 / 11:59 pm

    Happy holidays to you and family. Great giveaway. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  3. Martha Arzu
    December 15, 2016 / 12:00 am

    Taymer Mason, the best selling author of Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion

  4. Meghan Kane
    December 15, 2016 / 12:43 am

    I am so so SO excited to make this- I love rum cake, but haven’t been able to indulge in it for a while since going dairy-free. I’d love to win the copy of Taymer’s book, as I’ve recently moved to Grenada from the U.S. and would love some new recipes that utilize the unique selection of produce here.

  5. Dominique
    December 15, 2016 / 12:43 am

    I’m looking forward to making some delicious treats from this book for my family!!!
    I’d love this a present to me, lol!

  6. Lisa Kay Simone Lewis
    December 15, 2016 / 1:20 am

    Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion Expanded by Taymer Mason

  7. Lisa Kay Simone Lewis
    December 15, 2016 / 1:21 am

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason

  8. Daniel Deaton
    December 15, 2016 / 1:54 am

    Love this site

  9. Crystal
    December 15, 2016 / 2:47 am

    Happy Holidays

  10. Crystal
    December 15, 2016 / 2:50 am

    Happy Holidays from your kitchen to mines… Awesome recipes… Thanks much 🍝

  11. Shaakira
    December 15, 2016 / 3:16 am

    Its cookbook sounds amazing!

  12. Beth Dareus
    December 15, 2016 / 3:41 am

    I would love to win this cookbook!

  13. Aprilee
    December 15, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Comment. Lol

  14. Aprilee
    December 15, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion Expanded by Taymer Mason

  15. Angie hodges
    December 15, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I love Caribbean foods and hope to be chosen…💖

  16. Verne F
    December 15, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Definitely a must have as I am gluten free & it is hard finding good island recipes to meet such diet.

  17. Alethea Bonello
    December 16, 2016 / 4:43 am

    This book would so helpful in my clean eating journey and incorporate Caribbean dishes! Respect!

  18. Monica Beal
    December 16, 2016 / 4:59 am

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason

  19. Brenda S
    December 16, 2016 / 5:07 am

    OMG This sounds AMAZING. would love to win

  20. Kay
    December 16, 2016 / 5:11 am

    I’m happy to see two of my favorite Caribbean food bloggers link up. I don’t know you guys but it’s still cool to see:) I’d love to win this cookbook. I have the first edition and it’s a great addition to anyone’s collection whether you’re vegan or not (I’m no longer strict vegan but the curry-stained pages show it still gets good use). Good luck everyone!

  21. Tracey Howerton
    December 16, 2016 / 5:14 am

    I’d love to add this to my collection, thanks Chris!

  22. Robyn Harris
    December 16, 2016 / 5:25 am

    Best rum cake recipe ever!
    This is what living the irie life is all about!
    Thanks, Chris! 😘

  23. Arlene
    December 16, 2016 / 5:27 am

    This is so great – a vegan Caribbean cookbook! Would really love to own and use this cookbook!
    Thanks for the great rum cake recipe!

  24. Jay Gee
    December 16, 2016 / 5:45 am

    Yo Chris keep up the good work man. Thanks for promoting this vegan book!

  25. Renee Barnett
    December 16, 2016 / 6:15 am

    I would love to have this book as I am on a journey to clean up my diet to manage my blood pressure and help with my husband’s thyroid issues. I have struggled to incorporate my traditional Caribbean flavors in healthier ways. This book would be a great help.

  26. Robin Hoode
    December 16, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Hi Chris! Happy Holidays! Thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook- Island Cuisine for Every Occasion Expanded Second Edition by Taymer Mason
    I’ll proudly add Taymer’s Book to my collection.
    After all, Vegans are people too! Weird people, but, hey, we cannot all be perfect!
    BTW, I tried your Shepherd’s Pie and liked it a lot. I’ve been meaning to tell you that!

  27. Peter Sanches
    December 16, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Caribbean recipes are always welcome!

  28. Cheryl Fraser
    December 16, 2016 / 9:40 am

    I am a South American and I Love Caribbean Food, keep up the good works.

  29. Noreen Charles
    December 16, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Love my Caribbean food they the best

  30. Teresa
    December 16, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Merry Christmas🎅🏾 Wishing all a blessed new year.

  31. Pthomas
    December 16, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Thank you Chris for this healthy cookbook. I can’t explore.

    • Pthomas
      December 16, 2016 / 10:21 am

      *Ican’t wait to explore

  32. December 16, 2016 / 10:29 am

    I’m so excited to win this cookbook since I’m eating so much healthier now and in the further would dolce to go vegan. To be able to use my Caribbean cuisine would only make it better.
    All the best with your book Taymyr.

  33. Micheline (Jesveline)
    December 16, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Happy holidays! I would really like to try all those vegan recipes.

  34. December 16, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Would love to win cook book as i have become a vegan

  35. Tee Young
    December 16, 2016 / 11:45 am

    So exciting .Have used many recipes and LOVE them Now can offer my vegan friends the very best tasty food.Thanks

  36. Nydia A
    December 16, 2016 / 11:55 am

    Looking forward to reading…cooking… and eating!
    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason …. hope to win a copy!

  37. kathleen loureiro
    December 16, 2016 / 11:58 am

    Hi Chris, tried entering giveaway for the Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion Expanded Second Edition by Taymer Mason and it won’t let me “comment”, not sure why… 🙁

  38. Alice
    December 16, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Island veggies is the way to go 😊

  39. Shekina
    December 16, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I have been a vegan for 7 month now and been trying to find ways to bring my culture in to what I eat and thank you for this cookbook it will help me in so many ways

  40. Lisa H
    December 16, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2017!

  41. Lisa
    December 16, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Season Greetings!! Caribbean cooking all the way!

  42. Andrew Thomas
    December 16, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason sounds like a book that needs to be on my shelf. If the recipe for the rum cake is an indication of other recipes in the book then those who own it are in for a treat!!!

  43. Nicole Taylor-Aidoo
    December 16, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Thanks for showcasing Healthy Caribbean food!

  44. Maria
    December 16, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    OMG , I can’t wait to have that book in my kitchen. I am a vegan and it is very difficult for me to prepare a variety of food choices . This book will do justic for me if I get it. 😊

  45. Erica
    December 16, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I am excited for my change to win this lovely looking and yummy looking cookbook!!!!!!

  46. Erica
    December 16, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Taymer Mason, the best selling author of Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion (Expanded Second Edition).

  47. December 16, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Would love this book. I love food and would love to try a new lifestyle aswel vegan lifestyle.

  48. Lisa
    December 16, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Someone sent me a link to Taymer’s soursop “fish” recipe. I got a chance to try it and thought it was pretty good. I’m not sure if the recipe is in her book but I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest of the recipe as my family is vegan/vegetarian. Thanks Chris for the giveaway.

  49. Fatima Gocool
    December 16, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason, would love to win.

  50. Josie Francis
    December 16, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I love Caribbean Cooking!! Your recipes are awesome!!
    Hope to win a copy!! Thank You!! Merry Xmas

  51. Dee McCrary
    December 16, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I would LOVE to begin cooking up recipes from “Caribbean Vegan!” My daughter is vegan, I would blow her away, if when visiting, I could whip up something for her from Sistah Taymer Mason’s cookbook. Praying I WIN!

  52. Robert J Wasserman
    December 16, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    What a great giveaway! It’s always a little jump-for-joy moment when I see you post a vegan video… it’s been difficult to create vegan Caribbean dishes on my own and there’s very little on the menu for me even in Caribbean restaurants. I’d love to win this myself, but I hope whoever winds of winning takes full advantage of everything inside!

  53. Sorrentina Sisti
    December 16, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    Would love to add to my collection what a way to start 2017…
    Caribbean Vegan
    By: Taymer Mason

  54. Daniel Deaton
    December 16, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Happy Holidays!

  55. Rene Sanders
    December 16, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Love this website and the recipies

  56. Anna Love
    December 16, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Chris, thank you for all the great recipes!

  57. Ann Chatoorgoon
    December 16, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason.
    This seems to be an amazing book. I love to cook and I cook mostly vegetarian so veganism is just one step away.
    I hope to win this book as it seems the recipes will be an easy step in that direction.

  58. Tracy K
    December 16, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Taymar Mason – Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion

  59. Pete
    December 16, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Caribbean Pot , has been very helpful with fantastic Caribbean recipes. Makes me feel like I’m back home.

  60. Margie
    December 16, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    Excellent recipe.

  61. December 16, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    I have been looking for some new vegan recipes, these look great

  62. Ginny
    December 16, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymar Mason….
    wihing yu all a very maeery xmas… keep on the good work.
    european lover of Caribbean food.

  63. Khadijah Grant
    December 16, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    I need this cookbook!

  64. Gloria Aird
    December 16, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Love Caribbean cooking!

  65. Anna Howells
    December 16, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Would love to receive a copy of “Caribbean Vegan” by Taymer Mason. My daughter is a Vegan and it would be great to try the recipes on her and see her Smile.

  66. Christina
    December 16, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    I’ve tried a few of your recipes and loved them! The vegan cookbook would definitely be a great addition. Is there a vegetarian or pescatarian version too?

  67. brenda
    December 16, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    I love your recipes they remind me of home.

  68. Karlene Carnegie
    December 16, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    This sounds very exciting. Would love to win this and try some of these recipes.

  69. KizzyAnn
    December 16, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Hi I would like to have this book because I’m a young mother of two and I would like to explore or try making different healthy recipes for them to enjoy thank you.

  70. Rosanne
    December 16, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Try so many times to win something and never did.

  71. Chafane Robinson
    December 17, 2016 / 4:02 am

    I love your cooking. My hubby can’t eat just anything, so this cookbook would be perfect for the strict eating he has to do and it would help me too. To help keep him healthy and our family.

  72. Ben Straun
    December 17, 2016 / 10:13 am

    Hopeful……..keep them recipes coming

  73. Carol R
    December 17, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Would be a nice birthday present.

  74. Damian Manwaring
    December 17, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I’m surly trying this Vegan Cake recipe for Christmas.

  75. Cynthia Henry
    December 17, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Hi Chris, I am a “late Bloomer” I discovered your site and at every meal you are in my kitchen. You are much appreciated. I enjoy every recipe that I have followed. Lots if blessings and thanks. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Prosperous New year 2017.

  76. gurian6
    December 17, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason, best selling author

  77. Emily Amanda Pollard
    December 18, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion, Taymer Mason

  78. Maria
    December 18, 2016 / 2:26 am

    I’m obsessed! You make me enjoy the challenge of cooking!

  79. December 18, 2016 / 5:55 am

    I would like to own this book. Hope I can purchase this book since a whole lot of people is trying to win it

  80. Cece Parris
    December 18, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason. I want to start cooking vegan and I know this book will help me out a lot. I am from Barbados and I have been using your recipes for a long time and this book will help me out. Thank you and have a great holiday

  81. December 18, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Taymer Mason, the best selling author of Caribbean Vegan

  82. Terri Syperda-Turner
    December 19, 2016 / 7:12 am

    I would LOVE 🙏 To win this cookbook. My fiancé is Bahamian and I would love nothing more than to cook him up some meals that he misses from home. Thank you for the opportunity & for sharing your recipes & videos with us. May your holidays be blessed.

    Terri Syperda-Turner

  83. Steph
    December 20, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion Expanded Second Edition by Taymer Mason

  84. sarah
    December 21, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason

  85. Tae
    December 22, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Happy Holidays everyone! Taymer Mason, the best selling author of Caribbean Vegan – Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion. This is a great way to start the new year. I enjoy the Island flavors.

  86. May 24, 2017 / 2:48 pm


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