Cakes in a Jar

Cakes in a Jar! What a concept huh? Aren’t they the most fabulous things you have ever seen? I know – I love them too!

I’ve always been familiar with putting the dry ingredients for cakes or cookies in a jar, tying on a cute bow, and sending them to your friends homes, but I haven’t really ever seen an actual cake baked into a jar!!! Maybe I am behind the times but I think they are fantastic! I can’t quite remember who it was (and if it was you – let me know in the comments so I can give proper credit!) that brought something similar to these to the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale this year but I literally fell in love in under 2.34 seconds.

Because they are just so darling, I wound up making a boat load of these this year to give away to friends as homemade gifts! Nothing is better than a homemade cake wrapped up with a ribbon and a cute little note!

You can make any kind of cake you want but this year I chose to make the ultra decadent Devil’s Food Cake and of course Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. yum. yum. yum.

Cakes in a Jar

Ingredients

    Devils Food Cake
  • (Adapted from Martha Stewart)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tsp milk
  • 1 cup bananas, mushy
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 bag chocolate chips

Instructions

    Devils Food Cake
  1. Heat oven to 350 degreesSpray different sized mason jars or glass jars with PAM baking spray. Make sure to remove anything from the glass jar that might melt in the oven.
  2. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides while adding the eggs.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk milk into reserved cocoa mixture.
  4. With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour and cocoa mixtures to the batter, a little of each at a time, starting and ending with flour mixture.
  5. Divide batter into mason jars and fill them up 1/2 way. Place mason jars onto a baking sheet and put into oven on the middle shelf. **Here is where is gets a little tricky** Check on the cakes in a jar every 7-10 minutes to see when they are done. Depending on the size of the jars you used the cakes can take anywhere from 10 - 25 minutes. You'll know when they are done by inserting a knife into the center of the cake and if it comes out clean. Remove the cakes in a jar from the oven and let cook.
  6. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
  7. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  8. Spray different sized mason jars or glass jars with PAM baking spray. Make sure to remove anything from the glass jar that might melt in the oven.
  9. In a large mixer cream the butter and the sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time and scrape down the sides in between. Add the milk and the bananas on low speed. Finally add the flour, baking soda and chocolate chips.
  10. Divide batter into mason jars and fill them up 1/2 way. Place mason jars onto a baking sheet and put into oven on the middle shelf. **Here is where is gets a little tricky** Check on the cakes in a jar every 7-10 minutes to see when they are done. Depending on the size of the jars you used the cakes can take anywhere from 15 - 30 minutes. You'll know when they are done by inserting a knife into the center of the cake and if it comes out clean. Remove the cakes in a jar from the oven and let cook.
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27 thoughts on “Cakes in a Jar

  1. It was Girl with a Curl at bake sale – and Minty remy and I have made David L’s ginger cake in jars as our Xmas presses this year – delish and easy to send overseas

  2. What’s with you & I all jarred up today??!! I could never forget those cakes in a jar at the Bakesale. Thanks to YOU now I know how to make them!! XXOO

  3. This is the perfect size to take with me for my snack on the go!
    I must go and check my freezer to see if I have any bananas…….

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  5. this is such an adorable idea! this is probably a silly question, but are the mason jars with attached lids (like the ones pictured) actually safe in an oven? i assume that if they have any kind of rubber stripping on the lid that could be problematic, but maybe not.

    • Hey Laura!

      Yes the mason jars with lids are oven safe. I took off the rubber stripping that came on them and then they were good to go!

  6. These are awesome! I’m making them right now, and I just noticed that the Devil’s food cake recipe calls for 1/2 a cup of water, but it doesn’t include water in the recipe. Am I not seeing it? If not — where should we use it?

    Best,
    Mita

  7. Every recipe I’ve seen calls for two piece jar lids. How did you get yours to work with the hinge tops? Don’t they come with a rubber gasket? How can you tell if they sealed?

  8. I see your cakes are in hinged jars. Did you put them in the oven to bake and if so, how did you keep the plastic gasket from melting?

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