How to Bake a Cake in a Jar

Learn how to bake a cake in a jar. Homemade holiday gifts are fun to make and even more fun to receive. You can make these unique cakes-in-a-jar for a festive holiday treat.
By Amber Lanier Nagle
December 2007/January 2008
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You can bake this luscious Georgia pecan cake in a jar to give as a gift or to freeze for later use.
Photo by Amber Lanier Nagle


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Georgia Pecan Cake with Apple Recipe

Learn how to bake a cake in a jar. Canning and preserving food was a necessary part of survival for my grandparents, who lived and raised their family in rural Georgia more than 60 years ago. As a child, I loved the way those glorious Mason jars adorned my grandmother’s shelves — dark amber fig preserves, emerald pepper relish, ruby-red stewed tomatoes and golden pickled peaches.

When I read about cooking and preserving cakes in glass canning jars several years ago, I immediately thought of my grandparents. That year, as a tribute to them, I made several “cake in a jar” recipes to give to friends and family. They were a hit!

You can use any purchased cake mix or adapt a recipe to make the “cakes in a jar,” but follow these basic tips:

• Always use wide-mouth straight-sided glass canning jars.

• Lightly coat the inside with vegetable shortening or a nonstick cooking spray.

• Fill the jars half full with batter to allow room for the cakes to rise.

• Wipe batter from the mouth and sides of jars before cooking to ensure a good seal.

• Be cautious when removing the glass jars from the oven.

• Store in your refrigerator, or in the freezer for up to six months.

One of my favorite jar cake recipes is Georgia pecan cake with apple, served with a colossal scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy!

See the Georgia Pecan Cake with Apple Recipe at the top of this article.

— Adairsville, Georgia



















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