Tennessee Jam Bundt


A Southern classic, reimagined. Jam cakes hail from the depths of Appalachia where store-bought sugar was once scarce in some parts, so desserts were often sweetened with homemade jams and preserves. We brought back this classic Southern cake, and it immediately became a top-rated reader favorite.

Tennessee Jam Bundt Cake
Photo: Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
12 servings



  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 1/2 cups seedless blackberry jam

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Shortening

Caramel Frosting

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup whipping cream

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar


  • Fresh mint, blackberries


  1. Prepare Cake: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

  2. Beat granulated sugar and 1 cup butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

  3. Stir together flour and next 5 ingredients. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add jam and vanilla, and beat just until blended. Stir in toasted pecans. Grease (with shortening) and flour a 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  4. Bake at 325° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).

  5. Prepare Frosting: Bring brown sugar and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Gently stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and thicken. Immediately pour frosting over cooled cake.

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