Sunday, October 14, 2012

Reading With A Snack: Cake In A Jar

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The kids are back in school and I can get a little time in to catch up on the to-be-read list. I enjoy curling up on the couch and (yes, I'll admit it) indulging a high calorie snack while I read.

One of those snacks is a nice slice of cake. The only problem, juggling the plate, fork, and book without getting crumbs all over your lap. Well, I found a simpler way. A friend of mine dropped by the other night with a treat. Cake in a jar. We ate it like you would a pudding cup, and it was lip smacking good too. With the holidays approaching I thought these would make cute little neighbor gifts as well. They are simple and quick to make, even the frosting is almost too simple.

Cake In a Jar


Yellow Cake:
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup half-and-half
Non-stick spray

Makes 4 mini glass jam jars

Chocolate Ganache Frosting:
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup chocolate chips

For the cake: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy in a medium bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beat/whisk in between each time. Add the vanilla and beat until mixed well.

Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl. Add half the flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until incorporated. Mix in the half-and-half, then remaining half of flour mixture.

Spray the inside of jars with nonstick spray and fill each jar up half way with batter. Place jars on cookie sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the Chocolate Ganache: Boil half-and-half in a saucepan. Add chocolate chips. Remove from burner and let the Ganache sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth.

Once the cakes are done, let cool for 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon the Chocolate Ganache On top. Top jars with vacuum seal lids, the heat from the cake will seal lids as the cake cools.

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