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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.

Jam Cake

  • 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.

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