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How to Make Cake in a Jar (with Hallmark Magazine)

This homemade cake mix can turn your least kitchen-savvy friend into a star baker. And you’ve done 90 percent of the work, which is the greatest gift of all.


  • Step 1: Download instructions & gift tags Download baking instructions and gift tags from "": Each tag has the name of the cake written on the front and the baking instructions on the back.
  • Step 2: Create first layer Create the first layer by combining ¾ cup cake flour, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and adding the mixture to the jar.
  • TIP: Even out and settle the layers by rapping the jar gently on the counter after you add each one.
  • Step 3: Add layer 2 Combine 1 cup cake flour and unsweetened cocoa powder and add that mixture on top of the first layer.
  • Step 4: Add layer 3 Combine brown sugar and ¼ cup of sifted cake flour and add the mixture to the jar.
  • Step 5: Create layer 4 Mix granulated sugar and buttermilk powder for the fourth layer.
  • TIP: You can substitute nonfat milk powder for the buttermilk powder.
  • Step 6: Create layer 5 Create the fifth layer by sprinkling the mini chocolate chips on top of the mix.
  • Step 7: Decorate the lid Decorate the lid by placing it top-side down on a sheet of wrapping paper, cutting out a circle of paper around the lid, and gluing it to the top. Screw the lid back on the jar.
  • Step 8: Attach tag to jar Write a personal note on the inside of the tag. Then, punch a hole in the corner of the tag and attach it to the jar with your ribbon.
  • Step 9: Deliver the gift Deliver the gift. Be sure to drop a hint that you want to be invited back for a piece of cake!
  • FACT: During the 2007 holiday season, the White House cooking staff baked 700 cakes.

You Will Need

  • 2 c. sifted cake flour
  • 1 tbsp. espresso powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • A widemouthed 1-liter jar or canister
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. buttermilk powder or nonfat milk powder
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A gift tag with baking instructions
  • A hole punch
  • Ribbon

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