A couple of nights ago I had my friend Travis over for dinner and a movie. For dinner we feasted on stovetop mac and cheese and we had this cake for dessert. I mean, really what goes better with the movie Big Business than something called a "country cake"? I found it courtesy of Andrea. I feel like I always say this, but I want to make everything she posts. Well I actually did make this cake and I am so happy I did. It comes together very quickly and it is quite simple. I only changed one part of the directions. Instead of waiting for the cake to cool and then cutting it in half, I mixed the jam in with the batter. I am quite the clumbsy cook (just ask Travis who witnessed me spilling some of the pasta when making the mac and cheese) so I knew I wouldn't get a clean line if I split the cake in half and added the jam after the fact. Please don't ever ask me to make your wedding cake unless you want a lopsided mess. Luckily this is a nice, easy cake for a nice easy going night. I poured the jam into half the batter and swirled it around to get an interesting texture and design (which you can't really see in these pictures, but oh well). I was a little heavy handed with the powdered sugar topping, but thankfully it didn't make the cake too sweet and with the fresh strawberries, it was a nice touch.
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Jam Filled Buttermilk Country Cake
(From The Cake Bible)
Makes one 9-inch cake
*Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature
Strawberries for garnish (optional)