Mam’s Black Cake

This recipe came from my 90-year-old grandmother’s handwritten recipe collection.

Original recipe makes 3 -8 inch round cakes


2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch round cake layer pans.
  2. Dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk.
  3. Combine the sugar, 3 1/2 cups of the flour, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground cinnamon and the butter. Stir in the buttermilk mixture.
  4. Toss the blackberries and raisins with the remaining 1/2 cup of flour to coat. Mix in the blackberries and the raisins into the batter and stir until evenly distributed. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cakes comes out clean.


Calories: 163 kcal
Carbohydrates: 31.3 g
Cholesterol: 9 mg
Fat: 3.5 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 2.5 g
Sodium: 124 mg