3 Halloween-inspired cakes in jars

Claire Gallam

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Want a truly unique Halloween dessert this year? Instead of serving one large cake, why not serve these individual cakes in a jar? Each little jar has a delicious Halloween-inspired cake inside, from pumpkin chocolate to funfetti, there's a cake in a jar for everyone!

Chocolate cake with pumpkin icing

These cute jars not only make fabulous dessert ideas, but they also work as favors too! In addition, you can put one cake in a jar on each person's plate and use them as a fun and very delicious place card. Or you can make them for your picky kids so each one has their favorite cake flavor!

Chocolate cake with pumpkin icing

Serves about 6

Ingredients: 

For the cake: 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil or unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

For the frosting: 

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease 6 Mason jars with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder together in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg, milk, oil and vanilla. Whisk by hand or beat until fluffy. Gradually add the boiling water until combined.
  3. Make a well into the center of the dry mixture and add the wet mixture, stir to combine.
  4. Carefully pour the cake into the jars, filling only about 1/2 of the way full (the cakes will rise). Place the jars on a cookie sheet and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely. While cooling, prepare the frosting by beating the butter, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin puree and a few tablespoons of milk. Frost each cake and garnish with fun pumpkin icing decorations or candy corn.

Halloween funfetti sprinkle cake

Halloween funfetti sprinkle cake

Serves about 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix (+ ingredients called for on the box)
  • 2/3-1 cup Halloween sprinkles
  • Red and yellow food dye
  • 1 tub orange frosting
  • Additional sprinkles for garnish
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 6 Mason jars with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the cake mix with the ingredients called for on the box. Carefully stir in the sprinkles until incorporated. Add a few drops of red and yellow dye to make the cake a fun light orange color.
  3. Carefully pour the mixture into the jars, filling about 1/2 to 2/3 the way full.
  4. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  5. Once cooled, frost the cakes with orange icing. Top with an assortment of sprinkles and enjoy!

Ghoulish graveyard ice cream cake

Halloween funfetti sprinkle cake

Serves about 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 container Arctic Zero Cookies & Cream, slightly defrosted
  • About 2-1/2 cups crumbled chocolate cake
  • About 1-1/2 cups whipped cream
  • 6 Milano cookies
  • Black icing gel
  • Wilton icing Halloween add-ons

Directions:

  1. Layer 1/4 cup of chocolate cake crumbles into the bottom of a Mason jar. Top with about 2 to 3 scoops of Cookies & Cream Arctic Zero. Top with whipped cream. Repeat another layer so the top is covered in cake crumbles.
  2. Using the black icing gel, write RIP on each Milano cookie. Carefully stick the cookies into the Mason jars. Top with Halloween add-ons.

More fun desserts in jars

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.