Monday, June 18, 2012

Cake in a Jar

Long before Hubster deployed I started researching different ideas for fun care packages. One of the favorite things that I found was Cake in a Jar recipe. It's so easy and it allows me to send cake to Afghanistan. You have to be careful to keep everything sanitized though so you don't risk contamination and getting your soldier sick. Since I've done this a couple of time, here is how I do it.

Start out by cleaning your jars well and let them dry.

Preheat your oven and mix your cake batter like usual. 

Spray the insides of the jar with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the jar being careful not to get it on the sides. If you do, wipe it off. Don't fill the jar up more than half way. The jars in the picture above turned out perfectly. 

Bake for approximately 35 minutes at 350.

While the jars are baking, boil the lids in water. Just before you take the jars out of the oven, take them out of the water and dry them off completely.

Once you take the jars out of the over, get the lids on them as quickly as possible. You should here a pop sound within 5 to 10 minutes. If you miss the pop sound, wait until the jar cools and press on the lid. If you can feel it move, it didn't seal properly and you shouldn't send it.

And that's pretty much it! If you know anything about canning, this is relatively similar.

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