3-Layer Kentucky Blackberry Jam Cake

Kentucky Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting
Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake (serves 8)
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This 3-layer Kentucky jam cake is a 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, adding an extra richness.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Combine flour, soda, salt, and spices in a separate bowl; add to the first mixture alternately with buttermilk; beating well after each addition.
  4. Blend in the jam, chopped pecans, and raisins or dates. Pour into 3 round greased and floured 8 to 9-inch cake pans.
  5. Bake 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.
  1. Frost with caramel frosting or cream cheese frosting.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 693
Total Fat 39 g
Saturated Fat 17 g
Unsaturated Fat 15 g
Cholesterol 195 mg
Sodium 424 mg
Carbohydrates 83 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 9 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)