Chocolate Covered Cherry Jam Cake

  • Serves: Makes 3 9-inch layers or 2 9-inch layers
  • Baking Temp (degrees F): 325
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Jam cakes are an old-fashioned dessert from the South that came about because back in the day, sugar was scarce, so jam and sorghum molasses were often used as sweeteners. We used fruity and fresh-tasting Bonne Maman Cherry Preserves, an excellent quality jam, to flavor and sweeten both the cake and frosting; you'll need two 13-ounce jars for this recipe. The cherry preserves give the cake and frosting a lovely soft pink hue and a yummy cherry flavor. You can use any fruit preserves, though. Find out how I created this recipe so that the cake would not turn out sticky like most other jam-based buttercakes.

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