Moist cake with a very nice texture. Excellent flavor and consistency! The blackberry is not pronounced, but it's among the best spice cakes (which this is, essentially) I've ever sampled. I would stress that if you think of this as a spice cake recipe, you won't be disappointed. Important note: make sure you use a large (12+ cup) bundt pan to prevent overflow. This is an old-fashioned recipe and newer bundt pans tend to be smaller than the ones our grandmothers used.
Blackberry Jam Cake
We based this recipe on one from Marcie Cohen Ferris' Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South.
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Total: 3 Hours, 45 Minutes
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 (18-oz.) jar seedless blackberry jam
- 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda.
- 2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until light and fluffy and stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
- 3. Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; gradually add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Add preserves, and beat at low speed just until blended. Stir in pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.
- 4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours). Dust cake with powdered sugar just before serving, if desired.
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