Jam Cake

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By Evelyn Lyle

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup jam (any fruit jam, we used seedless raspberry)
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups all purpose flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Prepare two cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and line bottom of pans with parchment paper.  In large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, shortening and buttermilk.  Slowly add sugar and whisk until combined.  In a separate medium mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda. Slowly add dry mixture to egg mixture. Stirring until smooth. Spoon batter evenly into prepared baking pans and bake for 45 minutes.  Let cool.  Once cake is cooled spoon jam on one cake layer, top with other cake.  Spoon the rest of the jam on top.

Notes from Paula’s Kitchen:  Children will love helping with this cake. The messier the better! We recommend adding an additional two tablespoons of shortening to add moisture to cake.  Also making the cake in four thin layers would be a great way to get more jam.  In this case you will need a 16 oz jar of jam. 

Food Editor’s Note: As you can see from the photo (above). The actual recipe sent to Paula, is a very old. It was included in a precious handwritten book of recipes mailed to the corporate office. The pages brittle with age, wear and love. There were no instructions on how to bake the cake, just the ingredients. The result above is our interpretation of how we thought this cake would best be represented. The old recipe book now holds a place of honor in Paula’s personal collection.

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My Granny use to make a jelly cake like this. I miss it so much. She also use to make a Caramel cake. Do you have a recipe for that? I would live to have it!!! Thanks so much. Debbie

By Debbie Edwards on May 13, 2013

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You brought back sweet memories for me. My grandmother would make jam cakes when I was a little girl. I love and miss her! She is my inspiration for my baking website.

By Tamara on February 19, 2013

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When I was growing up for mt birthday she always made a three or four teir jam cake. Each layer with different favorite jams and then iced with favorite frosting. Always so good and something to savor. Yum,Yum. And for some varation she would make layers out different flavors of cake. Thanks for the memories!

By Connie Van Hecke on November 19, 2012

I LOVE MOSTLY ALL OF YOU’RE GOOD HOME COOKING,JAM CAKE , SEA FOOD, GIRL YOU JUST KNOW HOW IT’S DONE . ALSO I LOVE YOU’RE SONS GOODIES ALSO.

By shirley capps on November 01, 2010

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
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in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
Patricia in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am