With my husbands birthday earlier this month I got to thinking about service members who are deployed who are also celebrating birthdays except away from their loved ones. Sending jar cake in a care package is great idea for those of you who want to send something homemade that will stay fresh and arrive moist and delicious!
Here’s how to make them:
You will need:
Wide-mouth pint size canning/mason jars. Make sure to boil the jars to sterilize them.
1 package of cake mix or any cake recipe
1. Make the cake batter according to the instructions or recipe.
2. Grease the jar by liberally spraying the inside with cooking spray.
3. Fill jars no more than 1/2 way with batter, the cake will rise and make a huge mess if they’re over filled.
4. Place jars on cookie sheet on rack in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and the cake has pulled away from the sides.
5. While baking, boil jar lids in a pan of water.
6. When cake(s) is done, take one jar out at a time and cover with hot lid. Screw on jar ring tightly
7. The lid will seal as it cools. Listen to hear the “ping” as they seal.
8. As the cake cools, it will pull away from the jar slightly. That’s ok, it just means that it will slide out of the jar easily.
9. DO NOT FROST cake in the jar! Send frosting along.
10. Make sure you wrap the jars well (bubble wrap is preferable, but wadded newspaper or clothing and other items will pad it too).
Then you can decorate the jar. I also like to include birthday candles as a fun touch so they also get to make a wish. They have matches in their MRE’s so no need to send those. Good luck!