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Canning Jar Cakes for Gift Giving

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Canning jars are so versatile, you can use them for canning, pickling, storage, and now for canning jar cakes for gift giving. I have wanted for the longest time to try this, it seemed more difficult than it turned out to be. I’ve had this recipe saved in my bookmark for at least a year.

This is the perfect gift for sending to loved ones and friends. You can choose any flavor cake or quick bread to make. The sky’s the limit. 🙂 Plus they were fun to make!

You’ll need:
1 Boxed cake mix pf your choice (prepared as directed), I made a Triple Chocolate Cake
6 pint size mason jars with bands and seals
baking sheet
spray oil for jars
scraps of fabric
rubber bands/ribbon

1 cup pounded sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Prepare the cake batter as directed


Scoop the cake mix into the clean jars filling to the 1 cup line or about halfway


Bake for about half the time as directed on the box or for about 25 minutes


While the cakes are baking you can prepare the glaze topping by mixing the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together.



I used a toothpick to test for doneness.


Use a metal straw or a wooden skewer to quickly make holes in the cake so the glaze will soak in.

img_3350Pour the glaze evenly between the six jars.



Quickly put the seals and bands on the jars while they are hot, this is how the jars will seal. I’ve made these several times now and the quicker the better.


Plus no matter how quick I do it at least one jar doesn’t seal, but that’s never a problem around my house… We managed to eat any mistakes within the day.



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