Growing up I was surrounded with and inspired by my Jamaican aunties who all had a passion for baking. The aroma of their rum cakes became legendary, with our family, friends and neighbours making any excuse they could to come over and sample a piece of this beloved rum-soaked fruit cake.
...I started making it for family and close friends and the feedback was unanimous: it was delicious!
Jamaican rum cake (also known as Jamaican Christmas Cake, Jamaican Fruit Cake or Black Cake) traditionally contains dried fruits; however, as a child I used to pick them out! When I began to bake myself as a hobby, I decided to experiment with our traditional family version and adapt it to create my own “fruitless” black cake recipe.
Once I had perfected my own unique blend I started making it for family and close friends and the feedback was unanimous: it was delicious! It seemed I wasn't the only one who preferred my rum cake without the dried fruit, and many would ask if I was going to start selling my cakes professionally. Thanks to this overwhelming positive feedback and my sheer passion for baking Jamaican rum cake I decided to team up with my husband and together we founded Olga & Asquith Products Ltd!
Like the cake, our name is a representation of our Jamaican heritage and ancestry. It is a tribute to my beloved late Jamaican grandmother and my husband’s beloved late father, both of whom loved black cake just as much as we do.