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Southern Buttermilk Jam Cake

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This is a Kentucky style jam cake made with blackberry jam and spices. Add dates or raisins to this cake, along with chopped pecans. Use a cream cheese frosting for this delicious 3-layer cake.


Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup raisins or chopped dates, optional
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup blackberry jam
  • 1 cup buttermilk


Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt, and spices. Sift a little of the flour mixture over the nuts and raisins or dates. In a mixing bowl, cream butter; gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and blackberry jam. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Beat until smooth after each addition. Fold in nuts and raisins or dates. Pour into three 9-inch layer cake pans and bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes. Spread a buttercream or cream cheese icing between layers and over cake.

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 5 out of 5
Southern Jam Cake (Kentucky), Member npdckrsn

Ah, this was the recipe my grandmother gave me when Granddad developed diabetes. Grandmother told me the story of how they had no sugar during the war and during the Depression how no one could buy anything. Either reason is good enough for trying the recipe again, but I just want you to know that anyone who serves it will REALLY be in a jam to have enough to go around or for seconds and thirds. It goes over great! It is moist and yet has body. Thank you for sharing this old recipe with us.

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