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Old-Fashioned Jam Cake

 Old-Fashioned Jam Cake
I remember my Aunt Murna telling me she made this cake often when she was a young girl. Through the years, she made improvements to it, and her cake become a real family favorite. It has been a popular staple at our reunions.
12-16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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 jar (12 ounces) or 1 cup blackberry jam
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 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 confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine raisins and pineapple; let stand for at
  • least 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry

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Old-Fashioned Jam Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with jam
  • and buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in raisin
  • mixture and nuts.
  • Spread into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in
  • sugar and milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; cool until
  • just warm. Pour into a large bowl; beat in enough confectioners'
  • sugar to achieve a spreading consistency. Spread frosting between
  • layers and over the top and sides of cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.
If cooking for two: Prepare and frost entire cake, then freeze serving-size portions to enjoy for months to come.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 702 calories, 30 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 116 mg cholesterol, 353 mg sodium, 107 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.