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Gift in a Jar: Fudgy Snack Cake

Gift in a Jar: Fudgy Snack Cake

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  • Makes: 9 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Bake 25 mins

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This easy cake-in-a-jar is both quick to assemble and easy to bake. Candy pieces and chopped nuts add a tasty topping to this moist, easy cakeno frosting necessary!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter-flavored, butterscotch-flavored or white baking pieces
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces


  1. Layer in a wide-mouth 1-quart glass jar or a 32-ounce canister or container with a tight-fitting lid the following ingredients, adding each ingredient at a time in this order: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next.
  2. For topping, tear off one 12-inch square of plastic wrap. Place walnuts, peanut butter pieces and the 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces in center of plastic wrap; twist plastic wrap to seal. (Or use a small plastic bag.) Place topping mixture in jar. Cover the jar.
  3. Give as a gift (or store the layered jar of cake ingredients at room temperature up to 1 month) and attach a recipe card with the following instructions:
  4. 1. Before using, remove topping mixture; set aside. Shake remaining ingredients in jar to mix.
  5. 2. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch or 9x9x2-inch baking pan.
  6. 3. In a large bowl, combine 1 egg, lightly beaten; 3/4 cup milk; 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled, or 1/3 cup vegetable oil; and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, stir in jar contents until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with topping mixture.
  7. 4. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven about 35 minutes for the 8x8x2-inch baking pan or 25 to 30 minutes for the 9x9x2-inch baking pan or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Makes 9 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Gift in a Jar: Fudgy Snack Cake)

Servings Per Recipe 9, vit. C (mg) 0, cal. (kcal) 382, vit. A (IU) 243, pro. (g) 6, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, sugar (g) 31, fiber (g) 2, calcium (mg) 91, sodium (mg) 196, iron (mg) 2, Folate (µg) 48, Monounsaturated fat (g) 6, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, chol. (mg) 44, Niacin (mg) 2, sat. fat (g) 9, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 54, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 17, Potassium (mg) 145

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