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  Categories: Cakes, Holiday
       Yield: 12 Servings
       1 c  Butter or margarine; soften
       2 c  Sugar
       4 lg Eggs
   1 1/2 c  Jam (blackberry recommended)
       3 c  All-purpose flour
       2 ts Ground allspice
       2 ts Ground cinnamon
       1 ts Baking powder
       1 ts Baking soda
       1 c  Buttermilk
       1 c  Dark raisins
     2/3 c  Pecan nuts; chopped
       2 c  Sugar
       1 c  Heavy cream
       1 tb Butter or margarine
            Mixed candied fruits and
            - pecan halves; opt'l
            Ole-Time Boiled Custard
            - see separate recipe
     Heat oven to 300~F.  Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans. In large
   bowl of electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar at medium speed
   until light and fluffy. Beat eggs in well, then beat in jam. Sift flour,
   allspice, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda into second bowl. Add to
   butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry
   ingredients and beating well after each addition. Stir in raisins and nuts.
   Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake 40 minutes, or until wooden peaks
   inserted in center of one layer comes out clean. Cool completely on racks.
     Frosting:  Combine 2 cup sugar and cream in heavy saucepan. Bring to
   boil, stirring, over medium-high heat and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Cool
   slightly, then beat until mixture just begins to thicken. Beat in 1 tbsp.
   butter and immediately spread between layers and on top of cooled cake.
   Allow frosting on top to drip slightly down sides of cake. Decorate mixed
   candied fruits and pecan halves, if desired. Serve cake accompanied by
   Old-Time Boiled Custard (see separate recipe.) Makes 10 to 12 servings. 822
   cal, 8 g prot,
        31 g  fat, 134 g carbo.
     Source:  Redbook/December 1988.