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3-Layer Kentucky Jam Cake

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Kentucky Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting
Photo: Diana Rattray

This 3-layer Kentucky jam cake is regional specialty. It's a spice cake made with seedless blackberry jam and a variety of spices, usually frosted with caramel frosting. A cream cheese frosting would be wonderful on the cake as well.



  • 8 ounces (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup seedless blackberry jam
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped raisins or dates


Cream butter and sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour, soda, salt, and spices in a separate bowl; add to the first mixture alternately with buttermilk; beating well after each addition.

Blend in the jam, chopped pecans, and raisins or dates. Pour into 3 round greased and floured 8 to 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden pick comes out clean when inserted in center. Cool in pans on racks for 15 minutes. Carefully invert onto racks to cool completely.
Frost with Caramel Frosting or Cream Cheese Frosting.

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 5 out of 5
Delicious!, Member n2chat

I LOVE this cake, and I think it is about the best tasting cake I have ever made. YUM!

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