Jamaican Spice Bun Recipe

spice bun with avocado and cheese
Any self-respecting Jamaican will tell you that Easter is not complete without a Jamaican Spice Bun in the house. I’ve known more than a couple ital loving Rasta who made an exception for a bite of bun.  Not to be confused with the other bun (a Jamaican synonym for cheating on your mate) this tasty addictive bun is a sweet dense spice cake flavored with baking spices, candied fruits and brown sugar. The Spice Bun recipe below calls for using Dragon Stout. If you cannot locate Dragon Stout where you live an original Guinness stout makes a good substitute.
Jamaican spiced bun with cheese
At Eastertime Jamaican spice bun with slices of cheese is a must have for most if not all Jamaicans. The combination of candied fruits flavored with dessert spices baked into a dense slightly chewy cakelike  confection is irresistible by itself. Throw in the saltiness of cheese and you have perfect palate pleasing harmony.

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Even though this sweet Jamaican snack is enjoyed in abundance around the world throughout the year. round. Come Easter a couple slices of spice bun and cheese is the only acceptable Jamaican dessert. Where ever you find a Jamaican grocery store around the world, you are almost guaranteed to find spice bun. Often eaten with a wedge of cheese, preferably Tastees canned cheese,  Bun and cheese  is a staple in Jamaican pastry shops, corner stores and supermarkets worldwide. In Jamaica Bun & Cheese is a popular inexpensive lunch for school students.

dough for Jamaican spice bun
Jamaican spice bun is a dense, slightly chewy cake that cane be make using yeast or a ‘stout’ for leavening

Following is my recipe for the Dragon/ Guinness Stout version of Jamaican Spice Bun. The more popular yeast version of this recipe is what you will get when you purchase Jamaican spice buns in stores.  I prefer this recipe for 2 reasons. #1 the additional sugar and the stout makes a more moist flavorful bun #2 a bottled beer is much easier to use than yeast for an amateur baker.  The  yeast version of this recipe yields very similar results however it requires closer attention to temperatures and times. This can be a bit intimidating for experimentalists.

Jamaican Spice

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  • C. dark brown sugar
  • 4 oz. butter
  • 1 tsp nutmeg*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon*
  • 1 11½ oz btl Guinness, or Dragon Stout
  • 3 C. flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ C. candied mixed peel
  • ½ C. raisins
  • 2 eggs


  • Pre heat oven to 375°
  • In a saucepan over med – low heat, bring sugar, butter, and Guinness to a boil.  In a glass bowl combine dry ingredients. Use a whisk to quickly beat eggs into hot liquid. Mix liquid into dry ingredients. After ingredients are completely mixed place in loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes. Insert toothpick in middle to check for doneness. Toothpick should be almost clean, If dough sticks to toothpick, bake for an additional 5 – 10 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack.  Bun can be stored in a cool dry place for up to 3 days or refrigerated for up to 7 days.


*substitute 2 tsp Sweet Spice for nutmeg and cinnamon. 


Serving: 0g | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
spice bun with avocado and cheese
Jamaican spice bun with avocado (pear) and cheese




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