Pumpkin Spice Cake in Jars

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

Recipes for Cakes Baked In Jars Ever baked cakes in canning jars? It's neat! ANY quick bread-type cake can be baked in canning jars. Lighter cakes tend to fall once the jar seals. I usually bake one jar first -- you have to know how high the batter rises. I usually fill ONE jar 1/2 full then bake it to see how high it rises, then go from there. You don't want the cake to come out of the top of the jar, only to within 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the lip of the jar. Write it down on your recipe (how far you filled the jars)! Once you've established how high the cake rises, you can go from there. The first time around is a bit tricky because you won't know how many jars you'll need. MOST of the recipes I've tried I end up using around 8. Sterilize as many jars as you think you'll need and go from there. Make sure your LIDS are new, the rings don't ha ve to be As the jars do seal, the cakes are as moist as the day you put them into the jars--sometimes MORE SO. The baking times will vary.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Sterilize 8 (12 oz) Ball Quilted Crystal Canning Jars (14400-81400), lids and rings by boiling them for 10 minutes.
  3. Leave the lids and rings in the hot water until you're ready to use them; remove jars and allow the jars to air-dry and cool.
  4. Prepare the batter in the meantime.
  5. Using a pastry brush, brush the inside of the cooled jars with shortening (DO NOT use Pam or Baker's Secret); set aside.
  6. Coarsely chop the raisins and walnuts; set aside.
  7. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in a large bowl.
  8. Add raisins and walnuts; toss to lightly combine.
  9. In another large bowl, beat eggs at high speed until thick and yellow (2-3 minutes).
  10. Gradually beat in the sugar until thick and light.
  11. At low speed, beat in the oil and pumpkin; blend well.
  12. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until well blended.
  13. Divide among the 8 canning jars (should be slightly less than 1/2 full.
  14. Wipe the sides of the jar off (inside/ outside) in case you slop or it'll burn.
  15. Place jars onto a cookie sheet or they'll tip over.
  16. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a pick inserted into the center of each jar comes out clean.
  17. Have your lids and rings ready.
  18. Take one jar at a time from the oven; place a lid and ring on and screw down tightly.
  19. Use HEAVY-DUTY mitts--the jars are HOT! Place the jars onto your counter top too cool.
  20. You'll know when they've sealed, you'll hear a "plinking sound".
Most Helpful

5 5

This was really easy, and really delicious. Looks so cool, too, in my pantry next to my jellies and such. Thanks for posting.

5 5

I gave jars of this away as Christmas gifts (I left the nuts out due to possible allergies) and it was a big hit. My family can't wait for me to make more--they love it because of the taste; I love it because it lasts in your cupboard forever. Just add ice-cream or custard and you have an instant, fun dessert. Thanks!

This is not a review, although the recipe does sound delicious. Anyone considering using this technique should check out the advice of the National Center for Home Food Preservation at http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/uga/uga_can_breads.pdf It might be wise to store under refrigeration, rather than room temperature.