Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lemon Cake Baked in a Jar

I was a little slow about jumping on the "baked in a jar" bandwagon, but when I  laid eyes on Megan's lemon cakes baked in jars, I knew it was time:) To begin with, I have a soft spot for mason jars, and secondly, I am crazy about lemon! Don't these just scream summertime?  So sunny!
 Sunflowers are another love, and mini sunflower cookies add just a little punch of color contrast to top off the cakes. The chocolate sprinkles are not your average sprinkles, but are De Ruijter milk chocolate sprinkles. They melt in your mouth and were found at World Market. I'm a new fan.
I need to tell you that these cakes were so moist and luscious!  I was in lemon heaven:)  I ate mine with a spoon because I wanted to scoop up every last bit of cake and frosting! My husband ate his in short order too.
How perfect are these to transport wherever you want to go?!?  Everyone loves their own individual cake~especially in a jar!

Lemon Cake~Baked in Jars (adapted)

          1 package (18oz) lemon cake mix (preferably without pudding mix added)
          1 (3.4oz) instant lemon pudding and pie filling mix
          4 eggs
          1 cup water
          1/3 cup vegetable oil
          3 Tablespoons lemon juice 

         1 cup powdered sugar
         1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice 
         1/2 Tablespoons water

         I container of store-bought or homemade frosting. (I alternated between cream cheese and vanilla frosting.)

         Sprinkles, mini cookies, ribbon(for jars)

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, oil and lemon juice. With an electric mixer, mix on low speed to combine.  Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
Pour the batter into 10 well greased half-pint jars, about 1/2 full. Place jars on a baking sheet and  bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.

Combine all the glaze ingredients and beat until smooth.
Poke holes in the cake with a wooden skewer.
Drizzle with half the glaze.
Cool the cake completely; then drizzle with the remaining glaze.

Assembling/adding frosting:
Tip jars over.  Cakes should come out easily.  If not, run a knife around the inside of the jar to loosen them.  Slice each little cake in half, horizontally (top & bottom).  Place the bottom half back in the jar and top with icing. Place the top half of the cake on top.  Add a bit more frosting and place sprinkles and a decoration (mini sugar cookie:)) on top. Screw on lids and add ribbon:)

P.S.  I used THIS sugar cookie/royal icing  recipe for the mini sunflower cookies.


  1. Sue, these cakes in jars are such a fun trend. I haven't tried them yet. Yours look so fun and scream summer to me! Lemon is a favorite weakness of mine and how cute are the sunflowers! Joni

  2. SO gorgeous! Those sunflower cookies take them over the top!!

  3. I'm obsessed with mason jars!!! I will have to try this.

  4. These are beautiful. Lemon is my one weakness but the sugar cookies are the icing on the cake. Everything is so beautiful. I love the country feel of the mason jars.

  5. I've not made any cakes in a jar yet but they look so yummy. How long will they keep if you put a top on and do they need to be stored in the fridge?

  6. They look so great, I LOVE lemon. The sunflowers on them are so pretty!

  7. These are beyond adorable and you make the best goodies!!

  8. These are too cute...I love cake in a jar and lemon sounds so good for this hot refreshing. Thanks for sharing Sue :)

  9. These look absolutely delish! Thank you for sharing! I am a new reader!

  10. I made the pies in a Mason jar last year. Sounds like I had better try these wonderful cakes. My mouth just waters at the sound of lemon!

    I have been busy with company and then Girl's Camp and so have been missing in action for a while. Love, love love the cake pops! They are so cute. The watermelon cookies are adorable as always and the pie shakes are my favorite. We have a couple of places here that make those all the time. I love the crunch of the graham cracker in my shake. Too many fun things here!

    I think I will make the lemon cakes for Sunday dinner! The fam would just love those!

  11. Perfect, Sue! Im loving the dessert in jars craze! And lemon is my fave!

  12. First you got me with the picture, secondly you got me with lemon flavor and got me with the cake in the jar. These are so adorable, I love the presentation!!!

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  14. This is so sweet! You are always a genius in all these beautiful AND delicious creations! You are always a great baking inspiration to me.

  15. these look fabulous, Sue!!! I love the addition of the sunflower on top. So so pretty, but not TOO pretty that I wouldn't dig in with a big spoon. :-)

  16. They look like summer! :)

  17. Adorable :) and such truly lovely photos! Im sure these were a joy to eat!

  18. These look gorgeous! I had muffins in jars on my to bake list but I think these sound even better! :D

  19. I love lemon and this look very summery Sue! They are perfect, just like everything you make.

  20. What a wonderful post with just beautiful pictures. Delicious. Come over and visit us today. We have a wonderful Southern favorite.

  21. I love your cakes. They are so pretty! You make me want to make more. I think they are so fun in a jar. Now I need to check out those sprinkles. :)
    Thanks for the shout out!

  22. I have yet to try a cake baked in a jar. I thought they had passed me by, but I may just have to try one. What a fun idea!!

  23. Kudos for this blog. This is a really riveting blog post. I will visit again in future.

  24. I have loved the baked in a jar treats since first seeing them months ago when little pies were done by @stetted
    I still have yet to do my own. Yours are so beautiful, sunny and inviting and without a doubt, very delicious I'm sure.

  25. These are gorgeous!! LOve the cookies on pretty..and I will HAVE to try those sprinkles :)

  26. These are gorgeous and cute, too. Love those bright yellow colors and how you decorate them! :)

  27. These sound delicious AND look FABULOUS!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Have a great rest of the weekend!

  28. My. The only thing that could possibly make these better is a layer of lemon curd...I have the easiest ever microwave lemon curd recipe that I will layer in. I might need a taller jar!

  29. I've been saving jars so I can make some of these soon. I love this idea and am saving your recipe!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  30. Yours look so creative and summer-y! I love your style! I am in love with all the different sizes and shapes of many to choose from. But I am for sure making this (easy-peasy) recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  31. These look so pretty and I love the sprinkled topping. You made the Top 5 for Sweets for a Saturday with this one!!!

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  33. what did you use to grease the half pint jars?

    1. To tell you the truth, I can't really remember. I think I probably sprayed on Pam for baking.

  34. some of mine imploded =/ can u tell me why could it have been ingredients i used? but overall it seems like everyone else is having good luck im guessing its the jars used.

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