3-Layer Kentucky Blackberry Jam Cake

Kentucky Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting
Photo: Diana Rattray
Ratings (33)
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake (serves 8)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
693 Calories
39g Fat
83g Carbs
9g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 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

Steps 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.