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Great Grandma’s Famous Jimmy Cake

One of my favorite desserts of all time is a family recipe my mom has been making since.. well.. forever. If you are wondering, jimmies are chocolate sprinkles which are mixed into this moist cake, giving it a nice chocolate flavor which pairs well with the coffee in the cake.

Great Grandma’s Famous Jimmy Cake
Makes one 9″ tube pan
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  • Cake:
  • 1/2 c. vegetable shortening (or coconut oil, which I prefer and use)
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 c. cold coffee
  • 1 c. chocolate sprinkles (jimmies)
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Coffee Glaze:
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee
  • 1/4 c. milk, add more milk as necessary
  • Garnish:
  • Extra chocolate jimmies


  1. Cream shortening and butter. Add powdered sugar and mix. Add egg yolks and coffee. Mix in flour, salt and baking powder. Add jimmies. Fold in beaten egg whites. Bake in a well greased 9 inch tube pan at 325-f degrees for 1 hour.
  2. Frosting: Combine the instant coffee and milk until coffee is dissolved. Add to powdered sugar. Add more milk as needed if you would like a thinner frosting.

Recipe from my Great Grandma.

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  1. I never heard of this type of cake but I love the coffee and hint of chocolate in this cake- will be making this soon!

  2. I've never heard of a Jimmy Cake. I love treasured family recipes. I can't wait to try it.

  3. The only difference in baking times for another size pan would be the time of baking. I use a Bundt pan. You can even do cupcakes. All is good!!!!

    1. You could use water. I haven't tried this and I'm not sure how overall it would change the flavor of the cake.