Sugared Jam Cake

If you love jelly donuts, this cake just might blow your mind. And if you choose to eat it for breakfast, then we say you just won summer. To really make this recipe from scratch use our Quick Blackberry-Blueberry Jam recipe.

Sugared Jam Cake
Makes 1 (8-inch) cake
  • Cake:
  • 2½ cups (313 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups (250 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons (7.5 grams) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) grated fresh nutmeg
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (141 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • ¾ cup Quick Blackberry-Blueberry Jam
  • Topping:
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (4 grams) ground cinnamon
  • 1teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour, and line pan with parchment paper.
  2. For cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla bean paste. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spoon remaining batter into a large piping bag. Pipe a ring of batter around the inside edge of the pan. Spoon Quick Blackberry-Blueberry Jam into center of the ring. Pipe remaining batter on top of jam, and smooth with an offset spatula.
  3. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour, covering with foil during last 30 minutes of baking to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  4. For topping: In a small bowl, stir together sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Run an offset spatula around edge of pan to loosen cake before turning out. Turn cake back over (so dome is on top). Brush top and sides of cake with melted butter. Sprinkle top with sugar mixture, and press into sides of cake.


Read the whole article in Bake From Scratch Summer 2016.


  1. I think the metric measurement for the flour is WAY off. Someone should double check this as I have made it with the 2 cups of flour stated (and I weigh ALL ingredients) and usually figure 4 – 4 1/4 ounces of flour per cup X 28 grams per ounce (X 2 cups) = 224- 238 grams. The cake came out great using 120 grams per cup and I received many compliments.

    • Hey there,

      Thank you for reaching out! Turns out, our latest edit of the recipe called for 2 1/2 cups flour, not just 2, making the metric measurement 313 grams. We’ve now updated the recipe and are relieved to hear that your cake still turned out beautiful thanks to your quick thinking.

  2. I’m having the hardest time with my wet ingredients for this cake. I’ve mixed eggs, milk, and melted butter plenty of times before without incident, but twice now I’ve gotten little, clear clumps. Is it because of the differences in temperature between the eggs and butter? The second time I tried to mix them, I bought the eggs to room temperature and let the butter cool more. Still didn’t mix like I wanted. Any advice?

    • Hey Gabrielle,

      Often times when adding your melted butted to cold ingredients you’ll create little butter globules. It might not just be the egg temperature. Your milk could be cold and causing the same reaction. These clear clumps are just fat from the butter, and will not affect your baking in the least. Feel free to move forward with the recipe. Happy baking!

      • Thanks, Kyle! Third time was a charm–cake’s the oven baking now. It definitely was my milk temperature; I warmed it to room temperature this time and I didn’t have any problems. Thanks again!

  3. Just made this using 1/2 vanilla extract and 1/2 almond extract and cut all the topping ingredients in half, only topping the top of the cake. I still had more than I needed! Delicious cake!

  4. So I followed this recipe to a T. It filled my 8 inch cake pan to the top! Which of course resulted in it overflowing in the oven. Where did I go wrong?

    • Hi Stephanie,

      thanks for reaching out! What may have gone wrong is filling the cake pan up the top. There may have been some excess batter left over, but that is okay. If you are going to make it again, try only filling the cake pan with batter about two-thirds to three-quarters full, leaving enough room for the cake to expand and rise as it bakes. If the pan is fuller the batter may spill over the sides of the pan, and if the pan is not filled enough the cake may be dense or flat. Let us know if we can help further. Happy Baking!


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