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Delicious Haitian Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Also known as Gateau Au Beurre, Haitian Cake is a delicious, buttery bake with a hit of dark Barbancourt rum. Double the recipe as you’ll want more after the first bite!
Course Baking, Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine Haitian, International
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 1068kcal


  • Cake pan
  • Cake Stand Mixer


Cake Batter

  • 3 Cups All-purpose flour Sifted
  • 1 Tsp. Salt We used kosher salt
  • 2 ½ Tsp. Baking powder
  • 2 Stick butter Unsalted
  • 2 Egg yolks Room temperature
  • 1 ⅓ Cup Sugar
  • ½ Tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 ⅓ Cup Milk
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla extract Haitian version if possible
  • 1 Tsp. Almond extract
  • 2 Egg whites Room Temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. Haitian Rum (Barbancourt Rhum)

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 24 Oz. Cream cheese Room temperature
  • 4 Tsp. Almond extract
  • 2 ½ Cup Powder Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Milk More if needed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    Beat the sugar, egg yolk, and butter. Add the nutmeg, vanilla, and almond extract, Barbancourt rum, and alternatively add in the milk and flour mixture. Beat to a creamy, silky texture. Set the batter aside.
    Next, beat the egg whites to stiff form. Then fold in the egg whites in the cake batter. Place the batter in a buttered 8-inch baking pan to make 2 layers, or place the batter in a 16-inch pan.
    Haitian Cake steps 1-5
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center. Allow cake to cool completely before icing and cutting/serving the cake.
    baked cake in pan on dark background

Cream Cheese Icing Instructions

  • Add the cream cheese, powder sugar, almond extract, and milk.
    Cream cheese and powder sugar
  • Begin to blend slowly then gradually increase the speed. Blend to a smooth consistency. Place in the refrigerator until ready to be used.
    cream cheese icing



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*** Calories are estimated per serving


Serving: 8People | Calories: 1068kcal | Carbohydrates: 202g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 696mg | Potassium: 258mg | Sugar: 158g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 12mg