Cakes in a jar are a great gift for anyone of all ages, male and female :)
My sister in law is a little bake shy so I sent her a home made food treat hamper recently and this was one of the treats I sent :)
Things you will need:
A medium sized jar with a tight fitting lid.(preferably wide mouthed)
2 cups of plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
chocolate chips as needed
I added peanut M&M's on top to fill up the jar but they are not to be used in the cake :)
Labels for instructions ( you can download these for free or make your own)
What to do:
Sieve the flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a bowl.
Now gently add it to the jar trying your best not to let it spread all over the top.
Pack the flour down firmly with your fist or with a muddler.
Now for the next layer add the the brown sugar and pack it down firmly.
Add in the white sugar and do the same.
Now add your chocolate chips as a layer.
If you still have a gap you can add peanut M&M'S or anything edible large enough to remove before adding the contents of the jar to a bowl.
For the instructions on the label:
Pre heat your oven to 180
Please pour all the contents of this jar apart from M&M's into a large mixing bowl and mix well.
In a separate bowl add half a cup of softened butter or margarine and whisk in 2 eggs (one at a time) until smooth and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Add the egg mix to the cake mix and mix well to make a smooth cake batter.
To make cupcakes:
Add spoon fulls of batter into cake cases and bake for 12- 15 minutes on the middles shelf of the oven.
To make a cake:
Lightly grease and flour a cake tin and pour the batter into the tin.
Rap the tin on a surface 3 times to get rid of any air bubbles.
Pop in the oven for 25- 30 minutes.
Oven temps vary so keep an eye on your cakes.
Check to see if the cakes are done by poking a tooth pick in the center of the cakes, if it comes out clean, it's ready, if not put it back in the oven for a few more minutes until the tooth pick comes out clean.