Betty's Kentucky Jam Cake -- Christmas

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Dec. 07, 2015

Betty demonstrates how to make Jam Cake. This will be one of the desserts on our Christmas table this year. It is a cake that originated in Kentucky (or Tennessee) and is traditionally served with the Christmas dinner.


Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs) , softened
Sugar 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)
Eggs 4 , beaten
Blackberry jam 12 Ounce
Buttermilk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Baking soda 2 Teaspoon
All purpose flour
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Cocoa powder 1 Tablespoon
Ground nutmeg 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground cloves 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground cinnamon 1/2 Teaspoon
Allspice 1/2 Teaspoon
Raisins 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Chopped pecans 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)



In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, beating on medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine eggs and jam. Mix well and add to the creamed mixture. Beat well. 

Combine buttermilk and soda, stirring well. Set aside. 

In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, salt, cocoa powder, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice, stirring well. 

Add dry mixture to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture. Stir in raisins and pecans. 

Pour batter into three greased and floured 8-inch to 9-inch round cake pans. 

Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into deepest part comes out clean. 

Cool in pans on cooling rack. Ice with Caramel Frosting after cake has cooled. 

Note: Caramel Frosting will be the next video in Betty's Kitchen! 

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 6123Calories from Fat 2207

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 253 g389.2%

Saturated Fat 128 g640%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 4039 mg168.29%

Total Carbohydrates 918 g306%

Dietary Fiber 27 g108%

Sugars 567 g

Protein 86 g172%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet