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 hint of chocolate which pairs well with a light coffee flavor.

My mom is a great cook and I have to say of all the great recipes she has made, this is probably in my top 3. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert. 

On a side note, my apologies for the lack of posts this week. My son had eye surgery early in the week, then we had a giant Spring cleaning which lasted a few days, so I have been slacking on updating the ol' blog.


Great Grandma's Famous Jimmy Cake
Makes one 9" tube pan

  • 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. Baking in 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 Mom.

Original pictures from long ago:


  1. my grandma called sprinkles "jimmies" too!

  2. my grandma called sprinkles "jimmies" too!

  3. 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!

  4. Just printed it up, looks delicious!

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

  6. Found this through your recap post today. Looks yummy! Pinned to try soon. :)

  7. this looks great - am pinning it so i can give it a try, thank you for posting .

  8. Sounds wonderful! Note to fellow Canadians: jimmies are just sprinkles :D

  9. Thanks for the recipe! Sounds yummy!

  10. If you do not have a 9 inch tube pan, can you make it in a different pan? Adjustments for baking time?

  11. 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!!!!

  12. Is there something that can be substituted for coffe as I don't like coffee.

    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.

    2. I might try Chai tea then if you like that and sort of want to keep it in the same vein.

  13. Hi Ali,
    I loved the cake. I made it on Sunday and you can check on the link below!


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