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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Cake in a jar

I am not so keen on cooking but I love baking!

Unfortunately my family doesn't really like cake, don't ask me why...
For me, cake is the ultimate comfort food. I love everything about it, the smell, the sight, the texture, the countless possibilities.

This often means that I end up eating a whole cake by myself (having to do a LOT of yoga afterwards).

But today, years after the rest of blog land, I discovered the perfect solution:

Cakes in a jar!


They are gorgeous, they are delicious, they can be kept in the fridge for about 3 weeks, they can even be frozen,
they make wonderful gifts, and they are the perfect way to have your cake and eat it :-).

The first cake in a jar I tried is a delicious apple almond cake. The recipe comes from here.

What you will need:

4 mason jars of 250 ml (8.5 ounces) or 330 ml (11 ounces) each
180 g (3/4 cup) butter
3 eggs
180 g (3/4 cup) sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
200 g (1.6 cups) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 to 4 apples
1 packet vanilla sugar (or some vanilla essence)
1 tablespoon icing sugar
2 tablespoons almond flakes

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit)
Melt the butter in a pot
Whip the eggs, sugar and lemon juice until foamy
Mix the flour and the baking powder and stir into egg mix
Mix the butter in
Peel and cut the apples into small pieces and mix with the vanilla sugar
Coat your jars with oil, then fill in the dough, apples, dough, apples...
End with a layer of dough and only fill to about half of the height of the jar
Bake for about 20 minutes
Mix icing sugar with almond flakes and put on cakes
Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, until an inserted skewer comes out clean

You can now either close the jars while the cake is still hot (that seals them), and keep them in the fridge or freezer,
or you can eat your lovely cake.

Of course today my family wanted to have cake too, so all my little jars are empty.

Which means I can make some more soon!
Maybe a chocolate version? Or banana bread? Or carrot cake...

Have a lovely, cake-filled weekend :-)


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  1. That's ingenious, Jutta. I have been looking for a recipe and idea like that for ages. Makes great pressies for visits etc. Must get some of those handy jars and then give it a try.

  2. Looks yummy to me! Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm happily following you back via Linky!

  3. I love this!!!!........What a nice idea for gifts or a small dinner party dessert....Can I pin this on my pinterest board? Also, are you ahving another blog hop anytime soon?
    Hope you have had a great weekend.

    1. Hello dear Kay, pin away :-). not sure yet about another blog hop, will let you know when i have one.

  4. Thanks so much Sonja and Dannie :-)

  5. That recipe sounds delicious and your packaging is so cute!

  6. These little cakes look so adorable!!! And the recipe sounds so yummy! I will have to try this one out.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Take care,

  7. That is yummy and very creative you are. ^_^

    Stripes & Gray

  8. Wow, what a great fun and easy. Would make a sweet gift :)

  9. Such a good idea to make cakes. So nice so pretty and so good as a gift. You're inspiring. I also love cakes. Would like to have a go as this.

  10. Great idea Jutta! I am always coming across pretty jars at antique shops and this is a great use for them! Love it!
    Catherine @ToBeContnued

  11. I had no idea you could do this! I have a similar problem as you. It's just me, my husband and our 2 year old, and I'm then one who ends up eating the cake since my husband's not a big fan of sweets, and I don't want my little guy to eat too many of them. :-) I'm having a little recipe link party this week, and I'd love for you to stop by if you have a moment.


  12. wow! cake in a jar, how amazing! i would love for you to add this to my new link party... spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested!
    {love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

  13. This is so simple and so cute!!! I would love to eat some cake in a jar!!! :) Thanks for sharing!!! xoxo- Rachel

  14. Love jar recipes. Your cake sounds great. Beautiful pics too.

  15. They look amazing! Great tags too!

  16. you're kidding!! this is a fabulous idea. food from the heart is always the best gift. thank you for this idea...i will use it!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  17. wow. this is a fabulous idea. my hubby loves cake, but since it is just the two of us I rarely make a whole cake!


  18. This is the cutest idea ever!! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  19. Wow! These look lovely & yummy! A very wonderful idea using jar! AMAZING! :)

  20. so cute, I have done cupcakes in a jar, but never thought to actually bake in the jar, what a great idea.

  21. Love this idea. I think I will use this for a gift sometime...if no one eats it first!

  22. This is a really fun idea and your cakes look great!
    Thanks for sharing
    Lowri :-)

  23. Oh these look delicious!!! :)

  24. Perfect!! I am going to have to make some. I love that you can freeze them. Perfect for when I want something for myself. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  25. Oh my.

    This looks delicious.

    And mighty dangerous.

    I might have to come do yoga with you.


    Elena @

  26. What a great idea,they make great presents too :) Thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

  27. This is such a creative idea.

    Mrs. Delightful

  28. Such a great idea! Don't you just hate it when they say they don't like something, so when you find a way so it's almost just for you, theeen they want it? C'est la vie. :P

  29. Hello Jutta,
    I clicked over to your blog from Funky Polkadot Giraffe’s linkup party. I love this idea of making cake in a jar, so super cute. I just pinned your post to Pinterest. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

  30. This is so adorable! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday and I hope you'll stop back soon :)

  31. These look yummy and are so cute! I'm a new follower. If you have a minute, please stop by my brand new blog, I'd love to have you follow me, too! Thanks so much :)

  32. These look and sound SO yummy! They are making me hungry!! I'd love it if you linked this up to my weekly link party going on now Tutorial Tuesday!

    Newlyweds on a Budget

  33. What a great idea! They look so tasty and cute too. These would make great little gifts for so many occasions.

  34. I just love this!! I actually just made carrot bread/cake in a canning jar a few weeks ago, so good! I will have to try a cake, cake version! Thanks for linking up at Tuesday Tutorials at The Kurtz Corner! I will be featuring your project at next weeks link party! Keep an eye out :)

  35. This is indeed a fantastic looking gift. that is of course, also easily transportable. love this idea

  36. yum!!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday!
    Can't wait to see what you link up this weekend

    Natasha xx

  37. Yum! These look so delicious! And they are so cute in the little mason jars. Thanks so much for linking up to the Stache Party this week!

  38. Looks so easy...and super cute to boot. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great weekend!

  39. Oh, your photos look so great! Now I am hungry ... and want to crochet ... *lol*

  40. This looks wonderful and is so clever!! DFefinitely gonna have to try this one!! thanks you for sharing at Uncommon! Bonnie ;)

  41. your pictures are amazing and I love the tags! Thanks for linking up at topsy turvy tuesdays, I'm featuring your cakes in a jar this week!

  42. So nice so pretty and so good as a gift. You're inspiring, Send gifts to Pakistan.


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