The Islands JOHNNY CAKE!!

November 2, 2013

Author Notes:

My tasty Caribbean johnny cakes are a must have on the Islands of the blue sea, johnny cakes are one of the most beloved dishes made in my country. This yummy simple dish can be eaten for breakfast or lunch.

Moria T

Serves: 4
Prep time: 1 hrs
Cook time: 1 hrs


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil for frying
In This Recipe


  1. Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and work in the butter with your fingers.
  2. Add 1 cup of water to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  3. Sprinkle some extra flour onto a flat surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Feel free to sprinkle additional flour on the surface as needed.
  4. Allow the dough to sit in a clean bowl covered with a towel for at least 30 minutes.
  5. After dough has rested, heat the oil in frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Create small balls of dough and roll out the dough into circles on a lightly-floured surface with a rolling pin or the palm of your hand. Be sure to not make them too thin.
  7. Pierce each piece with a fork or sharp knife several times and then drop in hot oil.
  8. Fry on each side until golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool and drain on paper towel or brown paper bag.

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Reviews (44) Questions (0)

44 Reviews

Glenz February 6, 2019
Isn't it silly to argue about what a particular food is called? The main thing is, that they're ALL delicious!
Deborah March 30, 2018
Wow, so many of the comments are so rude. From the recipe, look and taste this cakes they appear to be "Virgin Islands Johnnie Cakes", in all its golden glory and sweetness. I have worked and lived on various islands in the Eastern and Western Caribbean. There are almost as many recipes and optional names for johnnie cakes as there are Caribbean islands. Some Johnnie Cakes or Bakes have little or no sweetness to as sweet as cake. All or good in there on way and purpose. Funny thing, these cakes are very similar to fry cakes that I've eaten from the Pomo Native American Reservation in Clearlake, California. Fried or baked, salty or sweet, I love Johnnie Cakes from breakfast to dinner, to topped with ice cream for dessert. Ladies, be nice. It cost nothing.
Patrice F. December 10, 2018
I agree with you on this. Differernt countries call things differernt names and anyone can change a recipe based on their individual influences. lets just eat and be merry :)<br />
elaisha March 19, 2018
girl plzz i dont know where you from but i am from St.John which is in the caribean and they call it johnny cake i whant to know what is friend bakes you need to get it right check my culture properly because people call certain things differently
No November 5, 2017
First of all they are called fried bakes i am from the Caribbean and i have know clue what a johnny cake is. Second of all they aren’t even supposed to be sweet tasting so they can’t be cake. Please fact check my culture properly.
Lulu L. November 28, 2017
What island are you from because this is a Johnny cake and I’ve had a recipe book from Jamaica that was published in the early 80’s by a Jamaican and this is similar to that recipe but 1/2 the sugar. Maybe you should do some research of how things were made there. Jamaicans have there own twist on things so I’m assuming you must be from a another island.
CrucianGal February 13, 2018
These are Johnny Cakes and that is what they are called in the Virgin Islands. They look just like that and they are supposed to be sweet.
Mahoganey February 18, 2018
That was very rude your island isn't the only island with culture. My grandmother is from st. Thomas and used to make Johnny cakes for me and my sister they were our favorite. I'm sure all islands have their own take on some version of this doesn't make it more right or wrong . And this is a good recipe i still make them and they are delish!
K November 8, 2018
It’s called “fried bake” where from. It’s it’s not sweet. Trinidad
Patrice F. December 10, 2018
K, I'm from Trinidad too and this is a Johnny cake. Different island vary recipes and call them different things. Let's just be tolerant of this fact. Akee is differnt for example to Jamacians and Bajans as is chennet. It all depends who taught you and who you were influenced by. at the end of the day, its delicious :) bth, it looks like an empanada. lol<br />
Alexandra B. December 27, 2018
Not sure which Caribbean you from man, cannot be on earth. I am from the Caribbean as well and they are called JOHNNY CAKES!
DONNA January 18, 2019
No disrespect, my husband us jamaican we all are from the same waters just different islands I love Jamaican cooking in the Virgin islands we call it Johnny cake which is slightly made with a little sugar but in Jamaica it is k own as fry dumplings same ingredient just Virgin islanders put slaughter sugar but if you ask me they taste the same only little sugar to suits one choice.<br />
Cherrysofine February 3, 2019
Well in my country they call them Johnny cakes. Different countries, Different names for food...
Abby135 September 4, 2017
What type of johnny cake is this and from what country/islands?<br />My mother is from the Dominican Republic and they don't make johnny cakes like this and it doesn't look like that either.
Nicole November 3, 2017
My best friend is from St. Kitts and I make these for him - he said they are the closest to his Grandma’s that he’s ever had! I don’t stick them with a fork before frying them though - that takes the puffyness away.
Nicole November 3, 2017
My best friend is from St. Kitts and I make these for him - he said they are the closest to his Grandma’s that he’s ever had! I don’t stick them with a fork before frying them though - that takes the puffyness away.
Aqua M. March 5, 2017
I am 19, born and raised on St. Thomas, Virgin Island and I love johnny cakes. Good recipe!!
Tony E. February 12, 2017
Yes this good recipe which can be adjusted to your liking.<br />I've been making this since I was a kid and now my children love it when I make Johnny cakes for them.
Dillon J. January 22, 2017
Thank you for this recipe, mines turned out perfect.
Lauryn January 13, 2017
And I'm 11
Lauryn January 13, 2017
I am a island girl too ,I was born in st.croix virgin island <br />
Island G. October 23, 2016
Folks I'm an Island gal and goodness some of you beat good common sense. If you already add butter why add oil to the dough. You should realize its for frying ONLY! Glad that was added after so you all can stop beating down someone for sharing
Veggiesoulsista July 26, 2016
You gave me some brownie points with my husband. He was born and raised in the Virgin Islands, so he knows johnny cakes (I'm from Florida). His birthday was Monday, so this weekend I made a big meal with the johnny cake as a surprise. I followed the recipe almost exactly, only I used the tub butter rather than the stick. <br /><br />I cook, but I am new to frying things (was scared of all the oil). These came out like I was pro. I forgot to prick the first batch that went into the oil, and even those came out good! He asked me how I got them so evenly brown, and I just shrugged. I used peanut oil to fry. <br /><br />As someone who is not from the VI, these taste like funnel cakes to me without the powdered sugar. They might be better than funnel cakes to me, because they are thicker and fluffier! I will make them again -- my husband is already saying that I will have to make more the next time I make them. He has eaten all the leftovers already.
J H. November 4, 2015
Excellent recipe, they tasted great. Oil is for frying people, I got a large cast iron pan so the amount was fine for me but if your frying pan is smaller simply adjust...Statia Need to be between a .25 to .50 inch up the side of the pan, Jonnycakes must float when frying, med heat.
Brentley B. October 14, 2015
why to much oil just use 3/4cup or less!!!!!11
keykeyx100000 October 7, 2015
This recipe is the truth. Not because I used it, but because it's almost EXACTLY like my gramma's recipe. :D
D'Lovely G. October 6, 2015
Thanks for the updating the recipe Stephanie. Looks like Jacqueline had good results now that the wording has been changed. I'll give it a shot.
Jacqueline October 4, 2015
I tried the recipe today and liked it. It was quick, easy, and delicious. (Not sure why anyone would mix the oil into the recipe, when it clearly states "for frying".)
CrucianGal February 13, 2018
Thank you. I was thinking the same thing Reading is fundamental
Stephanie B. September 20, 2015
The recipe has been updated with an amount of water for the batter and oil for frying. Let us know if you continue to have any trouble with the recipe!
Nastassia L. July 24, 2015
This is a disaster. Don't waste your time and ingredients on this. Whoever created this recipe doesn't know anything about johnny cakes or batter.
CrucianGal February 13, 2018
The oil is only for frying not to add to the flour mixture.
Lyn G. July 1, 2015
this recipe is missing something... I dont know water or milk ...something!