Jamaican Bulla Cake Recipe

The bulla is a popular Jamaican snack that is sold in every corner shop, supermarket and bakery. It is by far the most popular sweet snack in the country. 

Most people like their bulla with avocado, while others like it with a slice of cheese or just buttered. Bulla also goes great with a nice cold glass of milk.


2 lbs counter or all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 tbsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup milk (more if needed)

  • Melt butter and set it aside
  • Add milk and vanilla to sugar to form a syrup. 
  • Combine all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.
  • Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and add syrup and butter and slowly fold together to form a dough.
  • Flour your clean counter surface and knead for 5 mins, roll out into 1/8 inch thick, cut dough into 4 inch circles or squares, place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  • A knife inserted should come out clean.
I substituted the milk for water because the milk gives a richer flavour. Also, if you find that the liquid isn't enough, add more one tablespoon at a time until your dough is formed.

The Jamaican bulla does not have a lot of variations. Some are made plain while others have a ginger flavor. If you are making this at home you can add whatever strikes your fancy. This pastry is very popular in Jamaica and is usually eaten with a glass of milk, avocado or cheese. It is closer to a cake but may be considered a bun.
Have fun making it!

2 tbsp grated ginger root (add more for stronger ginger flavor)