Chocolate Cake Baked in a Jar

"These cakes/breads baked in a jar can be kept for a year but for best results I think they are better if eaten within 6 months after they seal. They are moist and frosting isn't needed, but you can always put some on right before you eat them. My guys leave every year for deer camp for 2 weeks and crave some food from home while away and these are perfect for them (no cooking needed)"
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8 cakes




  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Pre-wash (8 pint-sized wide mouth canning jars) canning jars (be sure to use the kind that have no shoulders) in hot, soapy water.
  • Rinse well, dry and let them come to room temperature.
  • Grease insides of jar well.
  • Beat together butter and half of sugar until fluffy.
  • Add eggs and remaining sugar, vanilla and applesauce.
  • Sift dry ingredients together and add to the applesauce mixture a little at a time: beat well after each addition.
  • Pour one cup of batter into each jar and carefully remove any batter from the rims.
  • Place jars in a preheated 325° oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  • While cakes are baking, bring a saucepan of water to a boil and carefully add jar lids.
  • Remove pan from heat and keep lids hot until ready to use.
  • When the cakes have finished baking, remove jars from oven.
  • Make sure jar rims are clean.
  • (If they're not, jars will not seal correctly) Place lids on jars, and screw rings on tightly.
  • Jars will seal as they cool.
  • Cakes will slide right out when ready to serve.
  • Unsealed jars should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 2 weeks.
  • Sealed jars may be stored with other canned food or placed in a freezer.
  • The cake is safe to eat as long as the jar remains vacuum-sealed and free from mold.
  • To enjoy the best flavor, try to eat all canned cakes within 6 months.

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  1. I am not sure why the previous reviewer had problems with this recipe, but ours turned out wonderful! They didn't last long around here, but I just found one that had been pushed to the back of the pantry and though it was a year was still safely sealed and tasted great! I thought that I had better write a review (a year late!). This is a great recipe!! Thanks TROUBLE4U2 for sharing it!
  2. oui! Something went wrong. Put exactly one cup in each jar as directed in recipe. After 40 minutes, cake had overflowed and still wasn't done. One the plus side, after baking an additional 15 minutes, some of the jars were salvageable and tasted good.


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