Heritage Jam Cake


A butter cake with fruit and nuts. The secret ingredient is grape jam.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 to 2 - layer cake


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped

  • 1 cup grape jam

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 recipe Kentucky Fruit Filling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 9 inch, round cake pans, and line with parchment paper.

  2. Combine 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, and spices.

  3. Dissolve soda in buttermilk: stir well.

  4. Cream butter or margarine. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Dredge dates and pecans in remaining 1/2 cup flour, and fold into batter. Carefully fold grape jam into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans, and cool completely.

  6. Spread hot Kentucky Fruit Filling between the layers and on top of the cake.


Get the recipe for Kentucky Fruit Filling.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

586 Calories
25g Fat
88g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 586
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 60g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 219mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.