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Traditional Haitian Cake – Gateau Ayisyen Zoranj
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Traditional Haitian Cake – Gateau Ayisyen Zoranj

Flavored with orange and nutmeg, Traditional Haitian cake is a versatile cake. It can be eaten simply as a tea time cake or decorate it up fancy for a special occasion. So light and airy.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Haitian
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 286kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ lb. butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 1 cup orange juice

Guava Glaze Ingredients

  • ½ cup guava jelly
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9” springform pan with non stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Mix to combine.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until very light and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • After all the eggs have been added, beat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add orange zest, vanilla, rum and orange juice. Beat until thoroughly combined.
  • Add flour in two batches, beating well after each addition.
  • The batter should have a whipped cream like consistency.
  • Transfer batter to prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a tester inserted comes our clean.
  • To make the glaze, melt the jam in the saucepan and add water a little at a time, until you achieve desired consistency. If you prefer a thinner glaze, you can add more water.
  • Leave the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the pan and brush the glaze on top of the cake.
  • To prevent the top of the cake crumbling (like mine did), you can just pour the glaze over the cake.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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