Tortuga cake is a little taste of heaven in Grand Cayman.Credit: Jeni10
Bring home Tortuga cake, and bring home the Islands with you.
Whether you visit Grand Cayman (of the Cayman Islands, British West Indies), by cruise ship, by plane, or by pirate ship, you must taste Tortuga cake. I did, and now I’d like to tell you a little story about my experience with this decadent dessert, Tortuga cake.
Credit: Jeni10It was a beautiful and sunny day…truly paradise in paradise. Our cruise ship was anchored off George Town, Grand Cayman. George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands, themselves, encompass three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.
I was traveling with my parents, and since this was our first visit, we had booked a ship sponsored tour, which would provide us with an overview of George Town and Grand Cayman.
We were about halfway through our tour, and loving every minute of this gorgeous and prosperous island, when we visited this little gift shop. Our tour guide told us we could sample the Tortuga cake, and despite the hefty breakfast I’d consumed that morning on the ship, I was starving!
My parents and I headed for the display, and we each took a sample. We ate it…savored it…and loved it. This Tortuga cake was as delicious as any dessert we’d eaten on-board the ship. My parents declined another taste, and they went about perusing the shop for souvenirs.
I, on the other hand, foodie that I am, took another taste of this yummy Tortuga cake. And then I took another. Please keep in mind these were not huge, dessert plate portion sizes. They were small, sample sizes. Pieces like you might get in a grocery store food demo.
But suddenly, after my third little piece of Tortuga cake, or maybe it was my fourth. No. It was definitely my fifth piece of Tortuga cake. Whatever. I started to feel funny. Funny as in drunk…intoxicated!
Then, I remembered our tour guide’s warning—these little delectable pieces of Tortuga cake were full of rum!
Thank goodness for cool parents! Hey, what can I say? They warned me of the dangers of excess beer, wine, and other hard alcohols. Who would’ve thought you could get drunk on dessert! It’s dessert, for goodness sake!
Tortuga cake are rum cakes. What are rum cakes?
When you start traveling extensively in the Caribbean, you’ll hear much about rum cakes and rum, both of which are major island products and exports. Tortuga cake brand, and its accompanying rums, is associated with the Cayman Islands.
Wikipedia defines this heavenly alcohol laced dessert as:
“In the Caribbean, rum cakes are a traditional Christmas dessert, descended from the Christmas pudding introduced by English settlers. Traditionally, dried fruit is soaked in rum for three months, then added to dough prepared with sugar which has been caramelized by boiling in water. The result, also known as "black cakes", is similar to a fruitcake, with a lighter texture. It may be possible to become intoxicated from consumption of excessive rum cakes…”
Coulombe, Charles A. (2005). Rum: The Epic Story of the Drink That Conquered the World. p. 187
2Houston, Lynn Marie (2005). Food Culture in the Caribbean, pp. 64-65
“It may be possible to become intoxicated from consumption of excessive rum cakes…” Right, NOW YOU TELL ME!
So, what’s rum, which is found in such profusion in this wonderful Tortuga cake?
The tropical climate of the Caribbean is ideal for growing the major component of rum, sugarcane.
Here’s how Wikipedia describes rum:
“Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses and sugarcane juice by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak and other barrels.”
So, we see where rum derives its sweet taste, and how it blends nicely to bake the Tortuga cake.
Tell me more about this marvel, the Tortuga cake. Where can I purchase one?
Original Golden, Contains Walnuts (33-ounce package)
Chocolate (33-ounce package) (16-ounce package)
Coconut (33-ounce package) (16-ounce package)
Banana (33-ounce package) (16-ounce package)
Pineapple (33-ounce package) (16-ounce package)
Key Lime (33-ounce package) (16-ounce package)
Cinnamon Raisin (33-ounce package) (16-ounce package)
Blue Mountain Coffee (33-ounce package) (16-ounce package)
Original Golden Rum with Walnuts (16-ounce package)
Golden Rum (16-ounce package)
Florida Orange (16-ounce package)
Florida Coconut (16-ounce package)
Florida Key Lime (16-ounce package)
If you order from the Tortuga cake website (http://www.tortugarumcakes.com/), you can usually order the 16-ounce sizes by the case, and typically mix and match the selections you crave best.
What’s better than a six-pack of beer? A six-pack of 4-ounce size Tortuga cake, that’s what. Order it, and mix and match.
But the absolute best way to purchase your Tortuga cake is to visit the Cayman Islands, either by cruise ship or via air. My favorite way: my favorite cruise ship! My favorite cruise ship: whatever ship I’m currently sailing aboard!
Your Tortuga cake can also be ordered from Amazon. However you choose to buy your Tortuga cake, buy one, and savor a little piece of dessert heaven. You won’t regret it.
“Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rum, Santa's run off to the Caribbean…”
Jimmy Buffett knows his rums, and Santa, of course, would never tell us a lie!
After you purchase your Tortuga cake, don’t forget about their signature line of rums. With ‘Gold Rum,’ ‘Light Rum,’ ‘Coconut Rum,’ ‘Banana Rum,’ and ‘Spiced Rum,’ you’re bound to find a flavor that thrills you, and makes you, too, want to “…run off to the Caribbean….”
Check out the other treats made by those fabulous bakers who bake the Tortuga cake.
Credit: Jeni10Want to give your morning cup of coffee an extra kick? Check out their gourmet coffees. Or, how about rum truffles and fudge? Chocolate and rum—is there a more divine marriage? Don’t have a sweet tooth? They offer an assortment of sauces/marinades for cooking.
A Tortuga cake makes an excellent gift. Think: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, etc. You can also choose from Tortuga cake gift baskets, hats, island music CDs, and even a rum cookbook.
Enjoy your vacation in Grand Cayman, and don’t forget to take home a yummy Tortuga cake.