Heavy Cake is a dense, moist, rich concoction that has its feet in English and West African traditions and it’s heart in the Caribbean.  It is traditionally made with cassava, coconut milk, all sorts of warm spices, brown sugar and butter.   It is home.  My father makes a version using Cream of Wheat, instead of cassava, on Christmas morning.  My husband and I served it at our wedding.

This blog is about cooking and eating. It is about raising our daughter.  It is about home.


13 Responses to “About”

  1. stacy November 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    absolutely classy mrs alvarez….congrats on your journey

  2. Krissy Kirkconnell November 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Congratulations Shauna 🙂 I’m on a mission to learn how to cook so this is perfect timing!!!

    • heavycake November 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      Thanks Krissy. If there is something you are dying to learn how to make, let me know, and I’ll work on a post. I am going to start working in some Caymanian specialities soon. I hope you are LOVING New York. xox

      • Tawnie Sue November 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

        Shauna, how do i make shredded chicken? I’m sure its the easiest thing in the world to do but I dont even know where to begin! I’m sure I use a thigh or leg (no breast, huh?)… I want to make chicken pot pie and chicken enchiladas but shredded chicken is a must for both recipes!! Help please! 🙂


      • heavycake November 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

        You need to cook the chicken first. You can roast it – season with salt and pepper and roast on a sheet pan or in a baking dish at 375 until it is golden brown and cooked through – about 40 minutes. Let it cool. Remove the skin and pull the meat off the bones in large shreds. Cook a bunch of it at once and shred it and you can make things all week with it – salads, sandwiches, enchiladas, pot pie, bbq chicken pizza.
        Alternatively, if you stew some chicken you can use those leftovers. I am planning on doing some form of stewed chicken in the next couple of weeks so I’ll link you when I do. Let me know how it goes!

  3. thePatternedPlate January 28, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Hello! I came onto your blog after you posted on mine and what a delight it’s been browsing through your posts 🙂 I have my eye firmly on the malted chocolate buttercream and the strawberry cake was beautiful! Looking forward to reading more! :-))

  4. Bushlings May 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Oh my goodness I got cold chills! Your blog is amazing!

    • heavycake May 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      Thank you! That means a lot. It is truly a passion project.

      • Bushlings May 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

        I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Drop in on my page (singlestreaming.com) and you’ll see your nomination. Then go to the Versatile Blogger Award page at http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/ for what to do next. Hope you enjoy it! Will be back to visit as often as you post.

      • heavycake May 10, 2012 at 11:37 am #

        Thank you! What an honor, I really do appreciate it. I’ll check out the site and take the next steps!

  5. Vicky McClenaghan (Joseph) June 27, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Shauna…….OMG….. I had no idea this is what you are up too. I think it is wonderful! Very impressed! Hope you and your family are well. Have not seen you in far too long! With love and best wishes. Vix. Xxxx

    • heavycake June 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      Thanks! It is a lot of fun. Everyone is great. Conrgrats on your upcoming arrival! Hopefully we will see each other next time I am home. xo

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