Friday, August 26, 2011

Applesauce Cake in a Jar



I made these Applesauce Jar cakes for String Beane's teacher.  It was a thank you gift for a great first week of Kindergarten.  I have been a kindergarten teacher.  They all deserve a treat at the end of the first week!  It is a job. 

This recipe makes about 14 1/2 pint jars. 

Ingredients
2/3 cups shortening
2 2/3 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups applesauce
2/3 cups water
3 1/3 all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cups chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Sterilize 14 1/2 pint jars.  Spray them with cooking spray and set them aside.  In a large bowl, cream the shortening and add the sugar.  Beat in eggs, applesauce, and water.  Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt and spices.  Add to the applesauce mixture.  Stir in the nuts. 

Fill jars 1/2 full with the batter.  Wipe the edges of the jars clean.  Bake 45 minutes.  Remove jars and quickly screw on the lids and rings.  The jars will seal as they cool. 

Once the jars were cool, I used some fabric and ribbon to try to pretty them up a bit.  That is not really my strong suit so I did the best I could.

I hope String Beane's teacher likes her treat.  He loves kindergarten so much.

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33 comments:

  1. Oh, I think you did a good job prettyfying them! Of course it's not my strong suit either.... My oldest starts kindergarten next week and I'll have to get his teacher something!

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  2. I have to get some canning jars. I've got all of the ingredients for the cake. These look delicious. I've been in an apple dessert mood myself this weekend. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  3. Sounds yummy ... and I love the idea of putting it in mason jars. How long do you think it could sit in the jars? This could actually be good for "hurricaine supplies" as well if it could last like 3 months. So making it anyway, just to eat :)

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  4. What a great idea...they look so cute! Stop by to enter my General Mills giveaway!

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  5. I love this! What a fun treat! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hi, there! You've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. Can you share your creative posts at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

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  7. Wow this is a brilliant idea!!! I am going to do this for gifts. Thank-you so much for sharing.

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  8. What a great idea. If you get a chance I would love you to link your recipe up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  9. Marnie - saw your post on Hope Studios! I received a gift somewhat like this last Christmas and loved it. Now I can make them and gift it this year.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    www.projectqueen.org

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  10. I can't wait to try this. It looks like a quick Christmas gift for those who stop by during the holiday season. New follower from the Creative bloggers hop. Hope you stop by for a visit. Have a great week.
    http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/

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  11. This recipe looks amazing! Please join in on the fun and come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow to share this tasty recipe with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  12. looks awesome!!! will have to try! thanks :)

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  13. I fall for anything in a jar ;) Love these beauties! Now following...

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  14. This wonderful post totally contributed to the blog party's success! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  15. Looks delish.

    Thanks for sharing with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

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  16. I never thought of doing this,, what a great idea.. Christmas will be easier this year!!!

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  17. This looks amazing!! Thank you for sharing!

    I'm hosting a party tomorrow & would love it if you'd come link up!!
    http://formamas.blogspot.com/

    Chrissy

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  18. You are so sweet to give a gift to teachers on the first week of school (especially kindergarten teachers! I agree- they totally deserve it!). Your little cakes turned out awesome! Thanks so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff last weekend! We would LOVE to have you come back and link up more of your great projects tomorrow!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  19. I would love to make these for Christmas for family and friends - thank you for sharing this recipe! I'm glad I found it via Sugar Bananas! :)

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  20. What a very special Thank You gift. It is a great recipe and your jars look so pretty. Lucky teacher! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  21. I have apple trees and tons of apples! Now I know exactly what to do with them!!! Thank you for the recipe and the great idea!

    Have a great weekend!

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  22. I've always wanted to make something like this. Great idea for a simple holiday gift.

    Thanks for stopping by sweet tooth Friday!

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  23. Love jar cakes! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper.

    Everyday Mom's Meals

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  24. Great idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  25. Yummy! I've done these at the holidays for gifts, different flavors though. I love that they stay moist for months (we actually saved one for a whole year to see if it would still be good... and it was!) Thanks for linking up
    Emily
    domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

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  26. Featuring YOU over on my blog today. Love this! :) Come check it out & grab a button if you'd like. Thanks so much for sharing this at last week's {wow me} wednesday.

    Ginger@gingersnapcrafts

    http://gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/09/take-look-at-you-its-fall-yall.html

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  27. That looks so yummy. I may just do the same thing for some holiday gifts. Thanks so very much for posting. I'm hungry now.

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  28. This looks delicious and is such a cute idea! I would love to have you link up to my party at http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-stop-thursday-linky-party.html if you have time. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. oh gosh!! Im sure they taste yumm.. but they look absolutely gorgeous!!

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  30. This looks really yummy! What a fun way to give a gift too. I have a thing for Mason Jars, and anything in a jar as a gift. I need to try this one.

    Thank you for joining This Week's Cravings! I hope you'll stop by and visit my Cake too. Daily Dish Recipes.

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  31. I love applesauce cake and how fun to make it in jars! Thanks for sharing with This Week's Cravings. Hope to see you again with a pumpkin recipe this week. Kristi @ Veggie Converter

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