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Slices of Jamaica

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Shaun Grant of Sage Delights with her unique cake.
The Jamaican flag is represented in this amazing, one-of-a-kind cake. - Contributed photos
From the outside, this Sage Design looks like an ordinary cake.

Nashauna Drummond, Lifestyle Coordinator

As we approach our country's 50th anniversary, it seems Jamaican colours are popping up everywhere more than ever. Now you can have it in a cake.

A few months ago, wedding cake designer Shaun Grant, known for her amazing sugar creations, got an unusual request. "I was challenged to make a Jamaican cake," she told Food. "The email I received said I seemed like the type of artist who could do something like that. I told her I would have to think about it."

And think she did. After only four failures, the owner of Sage Delights came up with a cake representing the Jamaican flag in every slice.

The cake that fully embodies Jamaica's 50th year of Independence was unveiled recently at a luncheon hosted by the Women Business Owners Network.

But as Grant explains, the cake is pretty complicated and requires a lot of carving. "It's actually three cakes in one - dark chocolate, cheese cake and green velvet cake - and it actually takes two hours to assemble free-hand." The end result is a very moist cake that she guarantees tastes as good as it looks.

She uses all fresh ingredients, noting, "It must not only look good, but it must also taste good."