New to Me: Kentucky Jam Cake

 Photo: Diana Rattray. southernfood.about.com

Photo: Diana Rattray. southernfood.about.com

Cooler weather has me thinking of the upcoming holidays.  During my time in Kentucky,  I’ve been adding regional foods to my family’s traditional feasts.

So today I’m looking for recipes for a delicious cake that I first encountered on a day trip last year to Old Washington in northern Kentucky.

By Ragesoss (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ragesoss (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky Jam Cake is a traditional 3-layer cake originating in Kentucky and also found in Tennessee.  This spice cake is made with seedless blackberry jam and a variety of spices.  It is traditional to use a caramel icing.

The version I found at a bake sale in Old Washington was in the form of a mini snack loaf.  It was incredibly moist and sweet!

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Much of the fun of trying new recipes is the search for just the right one.  🙂  Here are some favorites:

The Southern Lady Cooks:  Southern Jam Cake

TheKitchn.com:  A Regional Specialty: Kentucky Jam Cake

Cooks.com:  Blackberry Jam Cake (Real Old from Kentucky)

Southern Food at about.com:  3-Layer Kentucky Jam Cake

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jam-cake-xHere’s a variation from Mississippi with a totally different icing:

Sweet Tea and Cornbread blog:  Aunt Tootsie’s Mississippi Jam Cake!

Random:  One blogger said that she first heard of Kentucky Jam Cake while reading this novel by Sena Jeter Naslund:

Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel  by Sena Jeter Naslund  (2005).  http://amzn.to/2ekX7qv

Do any of you know of other novels that mention jam cake?  Let me know in the comments!

 

And because history is my thing, this book about Kentucky foodways and folkways caught my eye:

Food and Everyday Life on Kentucky Family Farms, 1920-1950 by John and Anne Van Willigen  (2006). http://amzn.to/2e1quCa

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4 thoughts on “New to Me: Kentucky Jam Cake

  1. Well, now this little foodie has her Monday reading cut out for her! Got to see which one of those recipes might adapt well with whole wheat flour, but where am I going to find seedless blackberry jam? Think I might have to run it through a sieve.

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  2. You can use other jams, of course (I saw strawberry jam listed in several recipes). I often pick up inexpensive gourmet jams at Tuesday Morning. Right now I have a jar of Bonne Maman Blackberry Preserves from France in my pantry–$3.99, plus it comes in a cool reusable jelly glass.

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