Do you usually make dessert for dinner? Unless we have guests, I don’t. But every once in a while it’s nice to surprise my guys with a sweet treat, and these cuties are one of my favorites.
Each person getting their own little cake in a jar…adorable! The cuteness is lost on the boys, but being the only girl in the house, I am used to that.
They love them because they’re totally delish.
Besides being cute and tasty, what I love about these cakes is that I can mix up the batter and stick them in the oven just as I’m getting dinner on the table. By the time we’re done cleaning up, I can have them frosted and ready to go. (And by ‘frosted’ I mean added a scoop of ganache to the jars…no complicated icing techniques here.)
Being a bit of a sentimental, it crosses my mind on occasion that our daily family dinners will be coming to an end one day, so it’s nice to make them special sometimes.
If making dessert keeps them at the table a little longer…I’m in.
I divide the batter evenly between four 8 oz (1/2 pint) canning jars (sometimes called jelly jars or jam jars). If they rise a little higher than you like (got to have plenty of room for the ganache) just scoop off a bit of the top.
I usually mix up a simple ganache (chocolate and cream), but any variety of icing would be lovely here. And let me say, sometimes I even skip frosting these and just sprinkle some chocolate chips on top of the cakes while they are still warm.
Sometimes I might add sprinkles because…sprinkles! These were for my husband’s birthday. Usually I make him a red velvet cake, but we mixed things up a bit with these cuties this year.
Here’s the recipe for these adorable individual cakes in jars:
Original recipe from Food Network