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Aunt Murna’s Jam Cake

I remember Aunt Murna telling me that she created her jam cake recipe as a young girl. She made improvements over the years, such as soaking the raisins in crushed pineapple. This cake is a favorite at our annual family reunions. —Mrs. Eddie Robinson, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + soaking Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) blackberry jam or 1 cup homemade blackberry jam
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • CARAMEL ICING:
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Soak raisins in pineapple and juice several hours or overnight.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add jam and buttermilk; beat until well blended. Sift together dry ingredients; add to batter. Beat on low just until combined. Stir in the raisins, pineapple and pecans.
  • Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  • For icing, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Cool just until warm; beat in enough confectioners' sugar for icing to reach spreading consistency. Add more sugar for thicker icing or more milk to thin it. Frost cooled cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 694 calories, 30g fat (15g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 353mg sodium, 105g carbohydrate (83g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • TTTY
    Apr 1, 2016

    Next time I would not include the cocoa powder. Does not taste like jam cake with cocoa added.

  • katandalan
    Apr 1, 2016

    Could you use another flavor jam? Guess I'm wondering how much you actually taste the blackberry?

  • jdh0731
    Mar 23, 2014

    Skip the raisins and this cake is awesome!

  • Allesande
    Dec 17, 2008

    This sounds delicious. My mother always made a jam cake for the holidays, but hers were made in a tube pan and did not have frosting. Would it be possible to bake this cake in a tube pan and omit the frosting?

  • chellee
    Dec 4, 2008

    This sounds wonderful, I think this cake will be a huge hit at Christmas!