Apple Streusel Cake In A Jar



Good morning!

I hope you all had a nice Halloween yesterday! We received a whopping 5 trick-or-treaters last night. You know you live in the sticks when…!

This morning, I am going to show you the first Cake In A Jar recipe that some of you have been anxiously awaiting. As I mentioned in my Going the Distance post, these Cakes In A Jar are among the most delicious and moist cakes I have ever tried. I developed the recipes through trial and error and I am happy to share these with you to enjoy. They would be really fun recipes to make with kids too.

First up…. Apple Streusel! My favourite. :)


Apple Streusel Cake In A Jar

Makes three-four, 250 ml Mason Jar cakes.


  • 1/2 cup + 1/8th cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8th tsp ginger
  • 1/8th tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp ground flax + 2 tbsp water (flax egg)
  • 1/4 cup butternut squash, pureed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped and peeled apple (I used Granny Smith)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/8th cup coconut oil, melted (or other light tasting oil)
  • Streusel, for layering: 2 tbsp Turbinado sugar, 1 tbsp flour, 1 tbsp Earth Balance, 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped Pecans, for layering


Directions: Preheat oven to 350 and grab a baking sheet and set aside. Grab three 250 ml Mason jars and sterilize in boiling water. Set aside. In a small bowl mix your flax egg and set aside. In a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, nutmeg, salt). In a medium sized bowl mix your wet ingredients (flax egg, butternut squash, vanilla, milk, oil). Add wet to dry and mix well. Fold in chopped apples. Now mix up your streusel ingredients in a small dish with a fork until fully combined. Add approx. 3 tbsp of the cake batter into the Mason jar. Now add on about 1/2 tbsp of streusel mixture and some chopped pecans. Follow this with another layer of cake batter (about 1-2 tbsp) and then more streusel and chopped pecans. Makes 3-4 mason jar cakes. Take the mason jars and place on baking sheet and then bake for approx 20-25 mins at 350F until cake slowly bounces back when touched. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 3 days.

Note: Some people ship the cakes in a jar, but from what I read it is not recommended due to bacteria risks. I would err on the safe side and safely store the cakes in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

First up, gather your dry ingredients!


and your wet…


Combine and then fold in the chopped apples.



Gather your cinnamon streusel ingredients…


Mix together with a fork to combine.


Begin layering the Cakes In A Jar!


Layer 1 = 3 tbsp approx cake batter

Layer 2 = 1/2 tbsp- 1 tbsp streusel

Layer 3 = 1 tbsp chopped pecans

Layer 4 = 1-2 tbsp cake batter

Layer 5 + 6 = 1/2 tbsp streusel and pecans

Don’t worry if you don’t do the layers perfectly. It will all turn out in the end!


After 20-25 mins of baking in the oven at 350F…


YUM!! One of the best tasting cakes I have ever tasted.


I get a little excited over them. ;)


Have a great day!

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Sarah November 1, 2010

Those look delicious. I love the idea of a portable dessert :)


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 1, 2010

Angela thanks for sharing the recipe — I will definitely be making these very soon :)

We live in a fairly decent sized suburb and we didn’t get any trick or treaters — no kids in the area and living near a busy street keeps them all away!


alexa @ Sohdalex November 1, 2010

How delicious! They look great ;)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 1, 2010

Yummm! Love the cake in the jar idea – it makes it so easy to transport… which could be a dangerous thing! ;)


Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun November 1, 2010

Now THAT sounds absolutely amazing. I love apple streusel and I love cake so…….YUM! I must make this. ;-)


Danica November 1, 2010

OMG – I LOVE it!!! You are so creative Angela and I think it’s awesome you found a way to fit some butternut squash in there too! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to see the rest of the recipes


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 1, 2010

THANK YOU for sharing this recipe!! Oh my gosh it looks SO GOOD. Wish I had time to make it immediately!!


Jenny November 1, 2010

this looks amazing!


Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini November 1, 2010

Oooh! I’m excited to try these this weekend when I have an early thanksgiving meal with my parents! I look forward to other flavors…like chocolate! :)


Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher November 1, 2010

I am also getting excited over them!
And they’re so cute…


Jen @ Making Messes November 1, 2010

I’m drooling…. That looks divine!


Nicole (Picky Nicky) November 1, 2010

I can’t believe you developed this recipe on your own… Oh wait, I can believe it because you always come up with the greatest things!! :D
I’d try another flavour, as I don’t really like apple cake


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 1, 2010

Since these are vegan and foodborne illness is therefore no concern, I propose skipping that pesky “baking” step.


Diane November 1, 2010

Not to be a pest…but since when is there no food borne illness in vegan foods??


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 1, 2010

I suppose I should have been more specific and said “salmonella from eggs” because that’s usually the big concern for raw batter.


Allison @ Food for Healing November 1, 2010

my oh my that looks tasty


Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 1, 2010

That looks so tasty! Do you think this would work with any alternate flours?


Candice @ ChiaSeedMe November 1, 2010

These are so pretty! If they taste half as good as they look then I’d say we’re all in luck! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Angela. These would make really creative gifts for coworkers etc I think. As long as they could be refrigerated until given, I suppose. Have a great day!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 1, 2010

That is such a cute idea! Perfect individual snack for a person who wants to keep themselves from wolfing down an entire cake…


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 1, 2010

I only got 5 trick or treaters too. And I live in a busy neighbourhood!


Elizabeth November 1, 2010

These look great! Do you happen to know the nutritional low down on these?


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 1, 2010

I’m sorry I don’t, but I wouldn’t imagine they would be too healthy!
This was my first successful recipe, but I’m SURE they can (and will) be made healthier in future attempts down the road. :)


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 1, 2010

That is such a delicious idea.


Amy K. @ Onehealthypeanut November 1, 2010

Oh my! I was looking for something to make as a “thank you” for a friend! I am making these today! Could you substitute pumpkin puree for the butternut squash?


Ashley (Taste For Healthy) November 1, 2010

I’ve so been looking forward to your “Cake in a Jar” recipes!! The apple streusel looks awesome!


Jenna November 1, 2010

That is so creative! They look so good :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) November 1, 2010

making this tomorrow…done and done! yummy :)


Lisa November 1, 2010

That looks so tasty! I love apples in desserts. More than any other fruit.


Erin November 1, 2010

Oooh, that looks so good!

We only got 4 trick-or-treaters in total. It was such a letdown! And the doorbell only rang twice because they showed up in pairs. :(


Camille November 1, 2010

What a great idea!
The best part is that I already have all the ingredients lying around my house! :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 1, 2010

Those look so delicious! Definitely a recipe I want to try for a dinner party I am having on Saturday!


Kristy November 1, 2010

That looks and sounds so delicious! I must give it a try, wish me luck! ;)


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 1, 2010

Yum, yum, yum.



Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' November 1, 2010

That looks amazing!! I might have to make them for Thanksgiving this year! (I love Apple Streusel anything!!)

We got a whopping 0 trick-or-treaters last night! (we might as well live in a retirement community– our complex is NOT appealing to children!!)

Thanks for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to try it! :D


Marisa @ Loser for Life November 1, 2010

Those are so creative and delicious-looking, Angela!


Shanna, Like Banana November 1, 2010

The best part of apple streusel is the streusel…is that wrong?


Lauren Guerrieri November 1, 2010

Hi Angela,
I just stumbled on your website last night and I am IN LOVE! Your personal journey toward achieving health and fitness is so inspiring. I also loved looking at your recipes and I appreciate how many pictures you take during the cooking process. What a beautiful website you have!


veganlisa November 1, 2010

I love the party potential of these treats. They would be great to bring for a post-race celebration.


Bridget November 1, 2010

Mmm those look so yummy! Even after eating a gazillion haloween candies the other day.

Can’t wait to see your next project food blog post this week!


Jenny November 1, 2010

OMG, this looks delicious. I couldn’t help but mouth water when I saw pics of all the cake in a jar pics. Could you post the recipes for the Triple Layer Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake and Decadent S’more with homemade graham cracker crumble as well?



Emily November 1, 2010

Oh my god I love love love this! I think I will make these for Thanksgiving, they are very… rustic chic.


Whitney November 1, 2010

Yumm!! What a great fall treat! I can’t wait to try them. I made Vegan Halloween Whoopie Cookies and they were quite tasty as well :)


LizLivingVegan November 1, 2010

That looks so good! Do you think it would be fine to swap out squash for pumpkin? I don’t have any squash but I’m thinking pumpkin would work the same…


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