Christmas GIFTS - teachers, neighbors, friends - SANTA CAKES - baked in the jar! Fun idea that's inexpensive!

I love having super sweet and generous boys but sometimes it's hard to do on a budget, especially around Christmas. The boys want to give something to ALL the teachers...P.E., Art, Music, Receptionist, Nurse, Principal, Asst. Principal, Librarian, and to their main teachers as well. YIKES!!!! I wish we could afford notepads for that many. We still want them to know they are appreciated so we are making red velvet cakes in mason jars. I made these a couple years back and LOVED HOW THEY TURNED OUT!!! 

Red velvet cake baked right in the mason jars!


Found these at HEB (grocery store)



I first put all the jars in the dishwasher the night before. I could fit 12 in a 9X12 baking pan with 1/4 inch of water in the pan. I filled all the jars 1/2 way with red velvet cake mix by using a ziplock bag with the corner clipped. Just SQUEEZE and PINCH to fill. SO EASY AND MESS FREE!!!!


350 degrees for 40 minutes


Added the icing and hot gluing the ribbon and belt



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9 comments

  1. Does the velvet cake mix in the jar have to be refrigerated?

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    2. I didn't refrigerate. Not sure how it would effect baking but I might try it.

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    1. I made the top labels and might have the free download on another post. Let me double check. If not I'll try to add it here.

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  3. Hi, do you have a download for the label? thx!

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  4. Do you need to apply cooking spray to the insides of the jars?

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    1. Sorry, just saw your comment. No cooking spray needed. The cake is so moist it almost pulls away from the jar.

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  5. So you have to have some water in the pan?

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