About a week ago, I came across an article which explains how to bake cakes inside canning jars. The author of the article bakes her cakes and sends them to soldiers overseas for Christmas gifts. The jars are sealed so they can be baked weeks ahead of time or even kept for one year. I thought, “What a great idea!” It was already too late for me to prepare the “cakes in jars” for shipping overseas, but I decided they would make great Christmas gifts for friends and family. This idea can be adjusted to suit other gift giving events as well. I decided to prepare these jars with Red Velvet cake for Christmas gifts, but now I have an idea for birthday gifts too. Any flavor cake can be baked way ahead of time and then kept for that special day.
Baking Red Velvet Cake in Canning Jars
Icing cannot be stored inside the jars because the lids must be placed on the jars while the cake is piping hot in order to seal correctly so I filled a separate container with icing. These cakes are intended to be eaten straight from the jar. The recipient will need a knife to spread the icing onto the cake once the jar is opened. He or she will also need a fork and a napkin. I folded a Christmas napkin around a plastic knife and fork and secured them with a red, green, or white ribbon.Then, I packed the jar filled with “ready to eat” Red Velvet Cake, the jar of Cream Cheese Icing, the ribbon secured knife, fork, and napkin into a Christmas gift bag. My Cake in a Jar is ready to be given to someone special. For complete instruction on how to bake your cakes in canning jars, click here.