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Great Grandma’s Famous Jimmy Cake

Coffee and chocolate “jimmies” (sprinkles by another name) are the star attractions of this tube cake recipe that goes back to my great-grandmother. A sweet coffee glaze tops it off with a sprinkling of more chocolate jimmies.

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.

If you are interested, I also have a Orange Chocolate Jimmy Cake Recipe posted at the blog as well.

Orange Chocolate Jimmy Cake
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Great-Grandma's Famous Jimmy Cake

Great-Grandma’s Famous Jimmy Cake Recipe

Servings: 12 slices, One 9-inch tube pan
5 from 1 vote
Coffee and chocolate "jimmies" (sprinkles by another name) are the star attractions of this tube cake recipe that goes back to my great-grandmother. A sweet coffee glaze tops it off with a sprinkling of more chocolate jimmies.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

Equipment

  • 9-Inch Tube Pan

Ingredients
  

Cake:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening or coconut oil, which I prefer and use
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites beaten stiff
  • 1 cups cold coffee
  • 1 cup chocolate sprinkles (jimmies)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Coffee Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup milk add more milk as necessary

Garnish:

  • Extra chocolate sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325-f degrees.

For the cake:

  • 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 for 1 hour.

For the 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 462kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 258mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 1gSugar: 52gVitamin A: 331IUCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate.

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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.