Jam Cake makes an excellent Christmas present. My grandmother used to make one for my mom each Christmas. Momma would take it to work with her for the annual Christmas party and share the wealth. It was absolutely one of her favorite gifts to receive each year.
The following Jam Cake Recipe will be a hit whether you make it for your family or make it as a gift for someone extra special.
Jam Cake Recipe
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup blackberry jam
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter. Add the sugar, then cream again. Add the eggs – 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift together the flour, salt, and spices. Stir into the creamed mixture.
Dissolve the soda in the buttermilk. Add half of the buttermilk and mix well. Add the remaining buttermilk and mix again. Fold in the jam, nuts, and raisins. Mix well.
Divide between the cake pans. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let the layers cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pans to loosen and invert the layers onto a rack to cool completely before icing (Caramel Icing Recipe below).
Jam Cake Caramel Icing Recipe
2-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cream, and corn syrup. Cook to the soft ball stage (234 – 238 degrees), or until the mixture forms a soft ball when dropped into a glass of ice water. Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
This never-fail recipe is from a wonderful 1988 cookbook called Charles Patteson’s Kentucky Cooking.” If you use the link I just tossed your way, you can actually buy this cookbook for, like, $7! That’s an absolutely ridiculous steal – trust me. This book is incredible. Below are just a few of the amazing, Southern recipes in this 217 page collection.
Fried Green Tomatoes (trust me, trust me, trust me)
Yeast Buttermilk Biscuits
Green Pepper Jelly (On cornbread…amazing!)
Asparagus with Raspberry Hollandaise
Brown Hotel Chicken Chow Mein
and many more outstanding Southern Recipes!