Gift Idea: Cake in a jar

The flavor of this recipe puts any boxed brownie or cake mix to shame. It looks so pretty in the jar and is perfect for giving-it’s great as a hostess gift.  Serves 8 to 12.


  • 1 ¼ cups of flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Layer ingredients, in the above order, in a wide-mouth quart-size canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer. Screw the lid firmly in place.

Include additional toppings like marshmallows, chocolate chips or candy bar pieces in a small baggie attached to the jar or layer the chocolate chips in the jar, as well.

Attach a tag with the following instructions:

Cake in a Jar

You will need: 1 cup melted butter and 3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Empty the jar of cake mix into a large mixing bowl and add the eggs and melted butter. Mix thoroughly. Spread the batter into a baking pan and top with additional toppings if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

Taken with permission from The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin.

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