Have you ever watched one of those miracle recipe videos on Facebook and wondered if it really works, or finished watching it and wish that you had just a little more information? That’s how I felt watching this video. Things like this are the reason that I started this blog. I remember wishing that there was someone out there that would try these things and let me know if they actually work. I also would look at crafts and recipes on Pinterest and wish that someone would give me the real scoop. I hope that this blog fills that void for you. If you ever have anything that you want someone else to try before you do, tell me about it in a comment or email me a link. I’d love to help you out!
So, back to the video at hand. It’s only one minute and shows how to make a delicious cake in a jar. Looks simple right? I tried it out for you and here is what I learned.
The video says to use 2 cups of fruit, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and butter. It shows her making 4 half pint jars. I discovered that the measurements are for what will go in 2 jars, with a little left to spare. If you follow the directions and use the ingredients over 4 jars, the cake will only be about halfway up the jar after baking. My 2 jars only would take 1 1/2 cups of fruit and not quite all of the flour mixture would fit. Shake it to get the cake mixture all the way down and get as much in as you can. The difference may be that I used all berries and in the video she uses cherries.
I tried this with pouring yellow cake mix over it instead. It worked fine and was like the Dutch oven cobblers that use a similar recipe, but I liked the flour and sugar mixture better.
I used strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. You could use whatever mixture of berries that you want. Mine was really good. I’m trying to lose weight right now, and so when I make things I only let myself eat a couple of bites so that I can get a feel for the taste and how the flavors of a recipe work together. I was not able to stop myself after one or two bites of this, or three or four for that matter. I was very grateful when my kids got home from school and I could give the rest to them so that it would stop tempting me.
I just put the jars on a baking sheet to cook. I didn’t feel the need to use beans around them. Just be careful to not spill when taking it out.
One warning. The cake will be at the top of the jar when it first comes out of the oven. Shrinkage will happen very quickly and you will find that there is plenty of room for the whipped cream or ice cream.
I like these because it is so easy to make the number of them that you need. If you want one, just half the recipe. If you want 10, multiply everything by 5. It’s nice that it’s so portable and would be great for a picnic, as suggested in the video, it would be a perfect hostess gift at a party or shower, or adorable set out at each place for dessert at a dinner or luncheon. There are so many possibilities! Try making just one, and you’ll be looking for an excuse to make more; I guarantee it!