The Gift of Jam and Cake

The gift giving around Eliot’s Eats this season will seem a bit jam heavy but I have lots of jam and jelly to get rid of! 🙂

I also had some buttermilk left over from my last butter making session, so I wanted to utilize these two surplus ingredients.

That got me thinking about gift ideas and using what I had on hand.

I experiemented with a couple of different blackberry jam ideas this summer so I decided that when I gift a jar of the purple stuff, I would include a card with this delicious cake recipe on it.

Blackberry Jam Cake

2 c. sugar
4 farm fresh eggs
1 c. blackberry jam* (I used my Blackberry Port Jam.)
3 c. flour
1 1/4 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda, rounded
1 c. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.   Add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy.   Add jam and continue to mix until combined.


Look at this color.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon and baking soda.

Add flour mixture to mixer and beat; add buttermilk and  mix until combined.

Bake in a prepared Bundt pan for bake 50-60 minutes or until done.  (Or bake int two loaf pans for 40 minutes.)   I used mini loaf pans for this batch and backed them around 35 minutes.

*Any jam will work with this recipe.   Strawberry and peach is also especially good.

This post is kind of a two-fer today (two for the price of one) in the sense that this cake would make a great gift on its own. Your options with this recipe is also versatile.   Give the recipe attached to a half-pint of jam.   The half-pint is perfect for this recipe.   Give the recipe attached to a small loaf cake.   Or, give all three—the recipe, jam and a cake.


Yummy gifts.


This card is truly retro. My aunt gave me a Betsy Clark recipe binder in 1980 and I am still using some of the cards. (I have hoarded them.) 🙂




Get really creative with your recipe cards.   Use vintage ones (like my Betsy Clark one above), print off  some freebies (Pinterest has a lot to choose from), or use vintage post cards.

Stay tuned for more gift ideas and for other baking with jam recipes, click here.

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to give thanks that….drum roll….wait for it….ABIGAIL IS CANCER FREE!!!!!!!    I have spent most of the summer and fall trying to send tons of good thoughts and some virtual flowers (and bugs and cat pictures and crazy car photos) to Abigail as she battled cancer.   I am unable to totally put down in words my joy for Abigail and her family.    (You can read about her triumph here.)    Don’t you know that this family will have the best Thanksgiving ever!

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