The Cayman Islands were founded completely uninhabited by Christopher Colombus in 1503. The Italian explorer originally named the island “Las Tortugas,” due to the large number of sea turtles that can still be seen today. The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas territory and made up of a group of three islands: the largest, Grand Cayman which is 196 km2 (or 76 sq miles), Cayman Brac which is 90 miles north-east of Grand Cayman and approximately 19 km (12 miles) long and 2 km (1.2 miles) long and lastly Little Cayman which is 16 km (10 miles) long and 2 km (1.2 miles) wide. Known for some of the most stunning beaches in the world, each island offers something unique to its visitors.
The smallest of the three islands, Little Cayman, is known internationally as a divers' paradise, boasting excellent wall visibility and reef systems such as Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson’s Wall. Cayman Brac is the only island out of the three with a spectacular limestone “mountain” known to locals as The Bluff, which also has a number of caves visitors are welcome to explore. While all three islands offer gorgeous beaches, Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands, is home to the world famous Seven Mile Beach, recognized for its pristine, crystal clear waters and pearl white sands.
But it’s not only the beaches that set the Cayman Islands apart and make it a popular tourist destination. Cayman is also known as one of the number one banking capitals of the world. Named a “tax haven” by King George III in 1794 as a reward for rescuing the crews of ten merchant ships that stuck a reef during rough seas, a promise was made to the people of Cayman that taxes would never be introduced to the island as compensation for the locals’ generosity. This is still prevalent today as the territory has never levied from income tax, capital gains tax or any wealth tax, making it a notorious tax-exempt destination.
Grand Cayman was also the birthplace of Tortuga. In 1984, Captain Robert Hamaty introduced the first rums of the Cayman Islands and in 1987, opened the first Tortuga duty free liquor store. When coming up with ideas for cakes to represent Cayman, we wanted to embody the liveliness of the Caribbean. Take your taste buds on a trip with the Tortuga Cinnamon Raisin Caribbean Rum Cake. This flavourful cake, like all of our cakes, is hand glazed with special 5-year-old, oak barrel aged Tortuga Gold Rum then vacuum sealed to lock in the delicious freshness. All cakes have a shelf life of 12 months. Treat yourself to this specially made treat, available only online and of course, in Cayman. If you aren’t taking a trip anytime soon, you can order this limited edition cake to be delivered directly to your door, no matter where in the world you are. Bring a taste of Cayman to your home with our Tortuga Cinnamon Raisin Caribbean Rum Cake.