Let me preface this: I know that NYC isn't Tennessee, and (lotsa) something's likely lost in translation. But the family has been using this clipped recipe for years - and now the clipping's gone a-missing.
So...might anyone have a Tennessee-style jam cake recipe that calls for both blackberry jam (or black raspberry, etc.) and fig preserves? Or might you be able to point me in the right direction?
When searching online, I'm finding lots of lovely-looking cakes, but no berry + fig. All current findings also look a fair bit lighter in flavor and texture than our family's version. We've been following a recipe that calls for some spicing - cinnamon and I think some nutmeg, likely not cloves, potentially allspice - and comes out a dense, rich, deeply browned cake, great for (multiple) thin slices with tea or coffee and a whisper of brandy, rather than the lighter, brighter berry cakes I've been finding. Oh, and I can't remember if we omit the frosting out of defiance or stupidity, but ours never featured the caramel frosting that I'm finding nearly ubiquitous in my searches.
Thank you kindly!