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Apple Cake in a Jar

"Apple cake that is sealed in jars and can be given as gifts, or stored for emergencies."
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servings 371 cals
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Original recipe yields 16 servings (8 pint jars)


  • Calories:
  • 371 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 13.3 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 60.2g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 46 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 394 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease the insides of 8 straight-sided wide-mouth pint canning jars. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat in well. Add flour alternately with water and mix until smooth. Fold in apples, raisins and nuts.
  3. Fill jars 1/2 full of batter, being careful to keep the rims clean. Wipe off any batter that gets on the rims. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, sterilize the lids and rings in boiling water.
  4. As soon as cake is done, remove from oven one at a time, wipe rims of jars and put on lid and ring. Jars will seal as cakes cool. Place the jars on the counter and listen for them to "ping" as they seal. If you miss the "ping", wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn't move at all, it's sealed.
  5. Jars should be eaten or kept in refrigerator for up to a week.

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  1. 49 Ratings

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A word of caution about storing for a long time... I checked with the jar canning manufacturer. They said there was a concern that the bread could grow bacteria. The internal temperature of th...

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Tasty, but a little strange. After it stores for a while the cake shrinks and there is noticeable liquid in the jar. I would not recommend storing them for more than a few weeks.

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A word of caution about storing for a long time... I checked with the jar canning manufacturer. They said there was a concern that the bread could grow bacteria. The internal temperature of th...

I made about 30 of these a few years ago as Christmas gifts, and they were awesome. My parents have 3 apple trees so I'm always trying to find different ways to use the many apples they always ...

This recipe is the best!! I made it in hopes of sending it to my hun in the army (since he'll be overseas for almost one year) and it turned out great! On top of that, the apples can be substitu...

This cake is absolutely delicious! It is extremely moist and the apple flavor is perfect. My friends were a little put off by the idea of cake in a jar, but they agreed that it was great. I h...

This is very unique. It cooks nicely in the mason jars, and it comes out in a little cylinder. This is great for gifts. I made it for a dinner club, and I received positive reviews. However,...

This recipe was terrific. I filled five quart jars and enjoyed the little bit left over as a side dish for lunch. This apple mixture was very tasty and did not have one spice too dominant. I w...

This is a great gift idea. I made them as favors for a bridal luncheon I had. I did make a couple of changes: I left out the raisins and I made 7 full jars instead of 8 not so full jars.

These were fun to make...had to put the baby down for a nap and clear the counters to start. I boiled my jars and greased them with butter flavor crisco. Shredded enough granny smith apples to...

I gave this as gifts and sold them at a craft fair and I am still getting compliments 2 months later, people think it is complicated but very easy to do.