This was my husband's great-grandmother's old-fashioned strawberry cake recipe. We enjoy eating it at Christmas. Make sure the humidity is low when making the filling. This makes a lot of filling. If I have extra filling, I drop it on waxed paper and we eat it like divinity.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
35 mins
1 hr 35 mins
1 layer cake


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans.

  • Mix sugar, pecans, strawberry jam, butter, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Mix baking soda into buttermilk; add to the batter. Add flour a little at a time, mixing well, until combined.

  • Pour batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool, about 30 minutes.

  • While cakes cool, beat sugar and butter for filling together in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add heavy cream, raisins, and pecans. Transfer to a pot and bring to a boil. Do not stir once syrup begins to boil. Heat to 240 degrees F (115 degrees C) or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water and placed on a flat surface.

  • Spread between and over the top of the cooled cake layers, letting excess drip down the sides.

Cook's Notes:

Bake in 8-inch cake pans if preferred.

You can use half-and-half instead of heavy cream.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of filling. The actual amount of filling consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

999 calories; protein 9.3g; carbohydrates 131.7g; fat 52.1g; cholesterol 150.3mg; sodium 210.8mg. Full Nutrition