Okay, so it is technically supposed to be blackberry jam cake, but I didn't have any blackberry jam. I did have one last jar of homemade seedless blueberry jam. I figured N.M. would support the substitution.
Modern Baker challengers are baking their way through The Modern Baker cookbook section by section. We are now in cakes!
I began by creaming the butter and sugar. It seems almost all dessert recipes begin this way. I added the eggs and then the flour mixture alternating with buttermilk. The flour mixture consisted of flour, cocoa, allspice, cinnamon, and baking soda. Finally, I added pecans and the blueberry jam.
I omitted the raisins.
I recently saw this fantastic quote from the movie Benny & Joon.