West Virginia Jam Cake
This makes a magnificent cake-something to be proud to take to a reunion.
Yield: one 9" cake
Cream sugar and shortening; add eggs and beat well. Combine buttermilk and jam alternately with sifted flour and soda; beat well. Add nuts, fruits, and coconut; stir until well distributed through batter. Bake in 3 (9-inch) greased cake pans at 350 F for 30-40 minutes or until done.
Mix sugar and flour together in saucepan; add milk and butter and cook about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and beat till thickened; add nuts, fruit, and coconut. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake. Decorate with maraschino cherries, if desired.
Note: If black walnuts are not available, use pecans or other nuts and add 1/2 teaspoon black walnut flavoring.
Source: Keaton Mills Family in Best
of the Best from West Virginia Cookbook