I know....I'm a little late, but I didn't make this until Christmas morning. Even if I had time to post it then, it would have been too late. So, I thought I would post it now then you will have it for next Christmas.
Growing up my aunt would make a birthday cake every Christmas. After all, that is what we are celebrating on Christmas, Jesus' birthday. At some point my aunt found this recipe. Now that I'm a mother and aunt I have continued the tradition.
This is a wonderful spice cake. Another alternative to the icing is to just sprinkle powdered sugar on the top before serving.
The Christ Child's Birthday Cake
Preheat oven to 350˚ F
3 1/3 cup flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
Sift dry ingredients together twice and set aside.
Cream together in large bowl:
1 cup butter
1 2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup black walnuts (I can never find black walnuts. I just use regular)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup seeless blackberry jam
Add eggs to sugar and butter and beat for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle small amount of dry ingedients over walnuts and set aside.
Add buttermilk alternately with dry inredients to creamed mixture.
Stir just until well blended. Stir in blackberry jam. Add walnuts and mix well.
Grease a 10 inch Angel Food pan. Line pan with waxed paper, then grease waxed paper. Pour in mixture. Bake in preheated 350˚ oven for 1 1/2 hours. Cool thoroughly before icing.
1 box brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 stick butter
Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute, then beat until thick enough to ice cake.