Chocolate Cake in a Jar

"These are actually cooked in the jars and make great gifts!"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
8 jars




  • Prewash 8 pint-sized wide mouth 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 temperat ure.
  • 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-degree 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.

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  1. kitchengrrl
    This was not bad. I too would definitely suggest jelly jars and not the pint size. I found the cake strangely dry and overly moist at the same time. O_o I added a 6 oz bag of chocolate chips to the batter and that made a nice addition. I'm wondering if I could just use the heat sealing principle and make regular cake that would keep as long.
  2. Mindi Righter
    This was a great gift recipe. It turned out exceptionally well and my 2-year-old loved it (which is really the ultimate test). The only change I made was to use jelly jars instead of pint jars. More of a "single serving" type idea. I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of them at the Christmas party where I'm planning to hand them out as gifts.


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