Over the weekend I played around with the concept of “cake in a jar” as seen numerous times on Pinterest and other websites. They were easy to make but the novelty wore off pretty fast after I tasted them. I’m not sure if it was my recipe of choice or the length of time I baked them but they seemed a little dry. My husband thought they were too sweet and then said, “I think I would rather have chocolate cake in a jar.” So my verdict on these is that they look cool but make sure you have a good recipe. Since the recipe I used didn’t turn out the best, I won’t reprint it here but I will say the one I used was for a homemade white cake and was from a website I very much admire. Again, maybe I baked them too long. I thought I would post some pictures anyway and my review of the concept in case others are interested in trying these.
I do think these would work well for a kids’ spring picnic birthday party. The jar would make a nice container for an outdoor event as there are always those parties where plates and napkins are blowing away or people are balancing their plate on their lap. They would be fun for kids too- a lot less messier than the cupcake often served at kids parties.
Like I said, I did a basic homemade white cake and then added my own jimmies or “sprinkles”.
I also used cake flour for the first time ever. I can’t say I’m a convert yet. . .
You put the cake mix in a jar but don’t fill them very high otherwise you a) won’t have room for frosting b) will have cake Vesuvius in your oven. I would say a jar filled about half way would be good.
You need to bake the cake jars in about 1/4 inch of water.
Serve to willing participants such as husbands on lunch breaks!