This week my spam folder brought me something I had never heard of before, nor had I ever considered it. Apple cake in a jar. You read that right, you make apple cake in a jar.
I have to admit, I had to reread the recipe like three times to be sure that’s what it wanted, it wanted me to bake apple cake inside of a jar. In the interests of ‘you have GOT to be kidding me, this will never work’, I gave it a shot.
First, the recipe!
Apple Cake in a Jar
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 2 2/3 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 cups grated apple
- 2/3 cup raisins
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease the insides of 8 straight-sided wide-mouth pint canning jars. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat in well. Add flour alternately with water and mix until smooth. Fold in apples, raisins and nuts.
Fill jars 1/2 full of batter, being careful to keep the rims clean. Wipe off any batter that gets on the rims. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, sterilize the lids and rings in boiling water.
As soon as cake is done, remove from oven one at a time, wipe rims of jars and put on lid and ring. Jars will seal as cakes cool. Place the jars on the counter and listen for them to "ping" as they seal. If you miss the "ping", wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn't move at all, it's sealed.
So I started by putting the batter together which wasn’t that difficult really. This is what it looked like:
Apple Cake Batter
In other words, it looks like cake batter. It isn’t really exciting, until I put it in jars.
Apple Cake Batter in a Jar
I was positive that I was going to end up with glass all over my oven, but ,I decided I’ve gone this far, I might as well finish it up. While it was baking, I boiled the tops.
Boiling Jar Tops
Once it finished baking, I took it out and put the tops on as the recipe said. I was shocked, everything worked!
Apple Cake in a Jar
I took them into work because I wanted to have the pleasure of handing them out and seeing the looks on people’s faces. They were greatly entertaining, because most people were very confused. Apple Cake in a Jar blew people’s minds. According to everyone, who tried the cake, it was very tasty too!
Until next time, toodles!