Simple and delicious jam cake

was a little bit down this morning: I felt cold, I had a little bit of a sniffle and it was raining too! After taking the children to school I would have happily gone back to bed.

Instead I did what I know always makes me happy: I baked a cake A simple jam cake using some really good blackcurrant jam I had in the fridge. This is halfway between a tart and a sponge cake, perfumed with lemon zest and a touch of vanilla is just delicious, actually more delicious than I was expecting it to be.

This is another example of how simplicity often wins. Always use good quality ingredients when cooking or baking. The end result will certainly be worth it.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes
  • Yield : 6


  • self raising flour sifted (spelt or wheat) – 200 g – just over 1 + ¾ cup
  • sugar – 100 g – ½ cup
  • eggs – 2
  • butter – 150 g – ⅔ cup
  • lemon zest – of 1 lemon
  • vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • almond flakes – 2 tbsp
  • milk – as needed
  • red berries jam – 300 g – a little less than 1 cup


In a bowl mix the melted butter with the eggs and the sugar. Add the vanilla essence and the lemon zest and slowly add the sifted flour. Combine well and if the mixture feels too dry add a little bit of milk. You want a mixture that’s easy to stir and to spread.

Pour the mixture onto a well greased 22 cm or 9 inch round baking tin or simply line it with parchment paper. Gently press the mixture with the back of a spoon to make some “holes ” where you will put the jam in; then spread the rest of the jam all over the cake. Wet the almond shavings with a little bit of water and sprinkle them on top.

Making jam cake

Bake in a ventilated oven at 180C or 350F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. After 30 minutes check with a toothpick if the cake is ready. Let it cool down before removing it from the mold.

Jam cake simple

18 thoughts on “Simple and delicious jam cake

  1. Alida, you’re a star. Even if you’re not feeling too well and it’s raining outside, you get into the kitchen and lovingly prepare yet another delicious cake for the family. Bravissima!


    1. Thanks Elisabetta but I think it must be in my genes, cooking is the one thing that really relaxes me and makes me feel really good.


  2. I love how simple this recipe is! I’ve baked it twice since I found it and it turns out perfectly every time. Thanks!


  3. This is absolutely delicious – I made it last night and it was gobbled up with great delight. Thanks so much! Great for using all that jam people give you that goes in the back of the cupboard…


    1. I am very pleased you enjoyed it. I must say this is one of my favourites. Thank you for trying the recipe x


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