Making Christmas cake in Compton

The sweet, spicy aroma of cinnamon, allspice and rum wafted through the apartment, a hint of goodness to come. The fruitcake appeared once a year i...

December 1, 2022
5:52 PM

The sweet, spicy aroma of cinnamon, allspice and rum wafted through the apartment, a hint of goodness to come. The fruitcake appeared once a year in our apartment in Compton during the Christmas Eve festivities my Panamanian family celebrated. As a child, I waited all day for my mother to place the cake at the center of the table, carefully positioned like a star on the Christmas tree. Though she had not made it in years, on the first Christmas after she died, I yearned for that glorious fruitcake.

Jenise Miller