My mother-in-law made this gorgeous cake. Isn’t it just lovely? I don’t know the origins of jam cake but I do know that it seems to only be a Kentucky thing. I have never met anyone outside of this area who knows what jam cake is. If you are not a KY native and you have heard of jam cake, I’d like to know.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 4 eggs, separated
- 18 oz jar of blackberry jam
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 3 cups plain flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 3/4 tsp soda
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp cloves
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter. Add brown sugar and continue creaming until fluffy. Add egg yolks. Mix well. Sift together dry ingredients. Combine jan and buttermilk. Alternately add dry ingredients and jam mixture to creamed mixture, mixing well. Fold in slightly beaten egg whites. Stir in nuts and raisins. Pour into greased, wax paper lined tube pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Frost with your favorite caramel frosting.
This sounds insanely good! I would like to try it, but I am allergic to nutmeg. I often replace nutmeg in recipes with a tiny pinch of mace. Do you recommend this, or would another spice be better in your recipe? ~ Lynda
yeah, i think that would work… Let me know what you think of the recipe.
I’m not from KY & I am about to make my first Jam Cake. I’ve been looking at recipes, but am thrilled to see pictures! I’ve no idea what type of Pan(s) to use. I’m still confused on that, at this point. Lol
How did I learn about it? My mom-in-law. 🙂 I told her I want to make her bday cake & if she could have Any cake, what would it be, she said Jam Cake, like her mom used to make her. So I’m going to surprise her tomo! Just so you know, her & her family are from Peebles, Ohio. Thx so much for your pic & recipe.
Lisa, use a bundt pan, be sure to grease and flour the sides well. Let me know how it turns out!! Good luck!