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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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Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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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16 Comments

  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.