Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cake in a Jar

This week I made chocolate cakes in a jar for the staff at dd's daycare and as for extra gifts on hand. Today I covered the lids with homespun ( and 8 inch square for each jar) and added gingerbreadman tags from
Here's the recipe:
Chocolate Cake in a Jar
1 Tbsp. shortening, melted
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup water
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush 5 (12 oz.) sterilized canning jars with melted shortening. Place jars on a baking sheet; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine butter, water and cocoa powder; whisk until smooth. Add butter mixture to flour mixture, whisking to combine well. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Evenly divide batter between jars, filling each jar approximately half full. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Using kitchen towels, remove one jar at a time from oven, and carefully place lid and ring on each; screw lids on tightly. Cool jars on countertop. Once jars have sealed, store them in a cool place for up to a year.

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