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100-Year-Old Jam Cake

The recipe for this dark, spicy cake may be a century old, but the cake itself won't last ten minutes when your family catches the aromas coming from the kitchen. You can frost the cake with caramel frosting or other icing if you like, but it's marvelous all alone, warm from the oven. And it's a big cake, so it's suitable for dinner parties.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts
2 cups blackberry jam

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour four 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans, or line them with parchment paper. Commbine buttermilk and baking soda; set aside. Sift together flour, salt, and spices; set aside.

Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping the bowl after each addition. To the butter mixture, add half the flour mixture and mix until combined. Add half the buttermilk mixture and mix until combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix; then add the rest of the buttermilk and mix. Scrape the bowl and mix well.

Add raisins, nuts, and jam; mix well. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Place pans on wire racks to cool.