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  1. Kathleen
    December 15, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    That cake looks so awesome, I could take a piece right now. Also I love blackberry jam.
    Thanks for sharing

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  2. Judi
    December 18, 2014 @ 12:00 am

    My mom and I used to make several of these cakes at one time, wrap them up well in foil and then box them to send to my brother-in-law when he was in Viet Nam. It usually took about 10 to 14 days for the boxes to get to him and all of the guys where he was stationed knew that when Larry got packages, it was usually from home and had homemade goodies in it. They would all be waiting around when he opened the first box and dozens of hands reached in and grabbed as much of the cake as they could hold and the box was emptied in a heartbeat! That’s why we sent several at a time. Most of the guys were gone after the first box, some had learned from experience that if they were a little patient that they could get more than just a handful. So, the second box usually went just about as quickly as the first. And then Larry had the third box for him and his bunk mates and they got to enjoy the goodies in peace. I also started sending them to other guys I was writing to in Viet Nam, one was a Marine, one was Army, Larry was Air Force. I found a magazine with lists and lists of guys who just wanted someone from home to talk to and I could just mail the letter addressed to “word from home” and whoever wanted a letter just took one. Some I heard from, some I didn’t. One even lived in my own neighborhood in Phoenix. Anyway, they all loved the cakes and cookies from home, all of them sent notes saying Thank You, which were nice, but not necessary in our minds. We were just trying to help some guys who were far from home and just wanted to touch a piece of home again. So thanks for the recipe and the memories. They are all good.

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    • Lynn
      December 19, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

      I absolutely love your story~ Surprising how recipes can have so much history behind them. What I wonderful thing to do for so many Soldiers, who longed for a small piece of home at a time when things were turbulent and not always friendly to the men and women who served their country so bravely during this time. To this day, I’m positive the guys still remember how delicious those cakes were~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    • Shelli
      December 18, 2015 @ 10:54 am

      @Judi:
      I know your post is a year old, but I just had to reply. I have a Blackberry Jam cake recipe (very similar to this one) that has been in my father’s family for many generations. I have very fond memories of my great-grandmother (who was nearly blind by the time I was old enough to remember) churning out endless Jam cakes at Christmas time. It was a gift I looked forward to every year.
      My dad (her grandson) was a Marine and served as a tank commander in Vietnam back before my parents were married. He tells a story of being stationed over there and Nanny sending him two jam cakes. He described opening up the box and smelling those cakes bringing him right back to her house at Christmas. He savored every bite, shared with some buddies, but did his best to stretch those morsels as long and as far as they would go. There was no greater service she could have done for him than to send those cakes.
      When I read of what you’d done for our servicemen, it struck such a familiar chord because of my dad’s story! I just wanted you to know how far those memories go since you gave the same gift to some men who sacrificed so much for our country. I hope you have a merry Christmas, Judi!

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  3. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)
    December 19, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

    Sounds really wonderful and delicious! Thanks for linking up with us at SNF! Pinned to our party board!

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  4. Lynn
    December 19, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

    I have always wanted to make a Blackberry Jam Cake after seeing it in a Southern Living cook book years ago. Growing up in Wisconsin I have never heard of a Jam Cake~ Sorry to say I still have never made one….but yours looks so delicious, I think I’ll get to it:) I have used coffee creamer many times for glaze, frosting and in place of milk in recipes~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  5. Lou Lou Girls
    December 22, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    This is fabulous! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party! I hope you stop by on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you. Merry Christmas! Lou Lou Girls

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  6. Taylor
    December 29, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    This sounds great! Thanks for linking up with Show Stopper Saturday!

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  8. Marilyn
    January 21, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

    I am so sorry. I made this cake with Caramel Icing and it is the worst jam cake I have ever tasted. Dry. So dry that it crumbled. I followed the directions but it just didn’t work for me. After the butter, jam, raisins and nuts, it is the most expensive baking mistake I have ever made.

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