Apple Streusel Cake In A Jar

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 1, 2010


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 at 10:21 am

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


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

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 at 10:25 am

How delicious! They look great ;)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

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 at 10:28 am

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


Danica November 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

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 at 10:31 am

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 at 10:33 am

this looks amazing!


Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini November 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

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 at 10:33 am

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


Jen @ Making Messes November 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

I’m drooling…. That looks divine!


Nicole (Picky Nicky) November 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

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 at 10:52 am

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


Diane November 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm

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 at 11:03 am

my oh my that looks tasty


Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

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


Candice @ ChiaSeedMe November 1, 2010 at 11:10 am

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 at 11:11 am

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 at 11:14 am

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


Elizabeth November 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

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 at 11:23 am

That is such a delicious idea.


Amy K. @ Onehealthypeanut November 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

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 at 11:27 am

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


Jenna November 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

That is so creative! They look so good :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) November 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

making this tomorrow…done and done! yummy :)


Lisa November 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

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


Erin November 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

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 at 11:41 am

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 at 11:41 am

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


Kristy November 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

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


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

Yum, yum, yum.



Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' November 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

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 at 11:53 am

Those are so creative and delicious-looking, Angela!


Shanna, Like Banana November 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

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


Lauren Guerrieri November 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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 at 12:06 pm

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


Bridget November 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm

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 at 12:10 pm

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 at 12:11 pm

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 at 12:17 pm

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 at 12:33 pm

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…


christyn @ All Ways Nutritious November 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Fabulous idea….love that its in jars! i think i’m going to make them today…i’m very excited!! thank you.


Brooke November 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I can’t wait to try these! They look sooo good!

Where did you get those hot pink measuring spoons??? I WANT THEM!! ;-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Goulda’s Kitchen :)


Nic November 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm

What a clever idea! Those would be fun at a fall dinner party!


Corey @ the runner's cookie November 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Looks gorgeous and delicious! I need to try this!


Olya November 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

That’s beautiful! Thank you very much for the recipe.
I now start to suspect that Canadian people are obsessed with pumpkin :)))
I wish we had canned pumpkin here. Having to peel, cut, roast and puree it seems tedious at times. Oh well :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

yes I can imagine it would!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Wow these look seriously amazing! I think the only thing that would top them would be to make the caramel that you made that goes inside the homemade Twix bars you made….and incorporate that. Just sayin’ b/c I am a caramel addict…not that I couldnt become easily addicted to these cakes without it LOL :)

Have a super Monday and can’t wait to see you in just a few days!! Wow!



Maddie November 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I love the idea of cake in a jar! They look delicious :) Thanks for sharing. We had a ton of trick or treaters yesterday. We bought 10 big bags of candy and still ran out!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

How awesome!! Love the idea that they’re in a jar- makes cake even more portable :)


Stefanie November 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Such a cute idea. :)


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I love this idea. It looks like something you’d find at a get-together. One hosted by someone really on the ball. I’m saving this recipe. Maybe that hostess can be me.


monicanelsonfitness November 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I am loving it! Plus it is easy to take anywhere and not so messy hoepfully.
Great recipe. :)


Hope November 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Cake, in a jar? Could it get any better?!


Katy @ A Healthy Shot November 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Ok. You are a food genius :)


Balanced Healthy Life November 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Those look great! I love the idea that they are portable! : )


Halley (Blunder Construction) November 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Sad that there weren’t many trick-or-treaters, I love seeing all the costumes! What about cake in a baby food jar? Would be the perfect size for party favors & presents.. cupcakes in a jar!


Danielle November 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Wow!!! I was thinking these would be so perfect if there was any way I could make them smaller. I wonder how it would work?


Stacey November 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Yes, you do live in the sticks when you only get 5 trick-or-treaters. In the 5 years that we have lived in our house, we’ve had a total of – One. I think one of these years I’m going to go hang out at a friends house just so I can see all the wonderful kids.


Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

oooh yummo! What another fantastic idea!!!


Stacie November 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

We only had a whopping five trick-or-treaters too! Yup…you guess it–we live in the sticks too. Yummerz…I can just smell the apple strussel in a jar :) Good luck with food challenge #7! You can do it!!!!!!!!!


Anna November 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Ahh, I’ve been so excited over getting the recipe for you cakes-in-jars! I just need a reason to make these now =]


Charlie November 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Those look great!


Sohara November 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Oh, mmmmm! That cake looks fantastic, especially the post-oven pictures! That’s such a cute idea, too, with the jars. Is that one of your own inventions or is it something you picked up somewhere? Also brilliant portion control. It’s nice to find recipes that aren’t for a huge three-foot-tall layer cake…

We had a whopping zero trick-or-treaters, and we live in a nice little apartment complex! We dressed the cat up as a little jester, gathered candy together, and everything. I think parents are starting to get afraid of Halloween and letting their kids knock on strangers’ doors, which is really sad.


Lauren November 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm

These are the BEST idea! I didn’t know you could put mason jars in the oven. Thanks for the heads up.


Leah @ Why Deprive? November 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

You come up with the most amazing stuff! This looks incredible!

We didnt get many trick or treaters either. That was probably a good thing though, all those people at the door make the dogs crazy. It gets really loud, really fast!


stacey-healthylife November 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

That is such a fantastic and creative idea. They look so tasty also.


thefruitpersuit (Sabine) November 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Hey Ange!

I recently went vegan after being vegetarian for a short while, and I have dedicated a lot of attention to vegan awareness on my blog. You are one of the most compassionate and inspiring vegans I know (sadly, I know none in real life..) and thought you’d might want to take a look at my ‘why vegan?’ post: .

Love, Sabine


Danielle November 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I am about to make this cake in a jar RIGHT NOW! I just had cheesy savory oats for the first time with salsa and olives as toppings and it was amazing. I am not sure why I waited so long.


[email protected] November 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Oh man, I love that you baked those in the jars! So, so cute and already portioned out. I’m super jealous of everything you make- you are so talented!


Cara Craves... November 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Super fun idea!
I need an oven, STAT…
I only have to wait another 6 months or so :(


Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm

This idea is so fun! :)


kathleen November 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I love how each person gets there own individual cake!


[email protected] November 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm

This was my first time to your blog, and I was sole the minnute I read the title Apple Streusel in a jar. It looks sooo good, and is different. I can’t wait to make one!


Laura November 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Score! i have lots of apples to use up.
but i dont have flax, can i use a real egg? or 1/2 of one.


Samantha Cernock November 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

What a GREAT idea!


Wei-Wei November 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Wow you’re amazingly creative! I think that I’ll definitely try these, as soon as I can find some mason jars! :D


Wendy @ Seriously Sassy November 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Those. Look. SO. Good.
You just keep outdoing yourself, Angela!


andilu November 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thank you thank you thank you!
I have been sitting here hitting the refresh button ever since you originally posted the cakes in a jar…;)


Sierra November 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Seriously, girl, you are AMAZING!!! You’ve totally saved my life! Well, that might be an exaggeration, but you know how it is being vegan (I’m gluten-free as well) and not being able to find things to make that are delicious! Soooo hard! Now that I have your blog, though, I have a plethora of things to make! I’ve made your salt kissed peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, crispy chickpea bites, and twix bars so far….and all of them have been HEAVENLY!!! Love love LOVE your blog!!! Keep doing what you’re doing!!! :D


Lesley Lifting Life November 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Yum! An absolutely perfect, warm fall treat!


crystal November 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

oh my gosh they look so delicious! I cant wait to try this!


Jolene ([email protected]) November 2, 2010 at 12:29 am

Those look SO good Angela!!!!!!


Rebecca November 2, 2010 at 2:38 am

They look great, good idea for a dinner party. I really wish I could get canned pumpkin.


Casey Thomas November 2, 2010 at 6:44 am

These look very yummy! It looks like cake parfait :)


Pure2raw twins November 2, 2010 at 7:29 am

YUM! Thank you for sharing, I am going to bookmark this recipe, cannot wait to make it!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 2, 2010 at 8:44 am

They look amazing…such a great idea!


Hilary November 2, 2010 at 8:44 am

I LOVE the idea of baking cakes in Mason jars! I’ve always loved ramekins for their cute individual size, but this opens up a whole new world! :)


Katie November 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

I made this last night with a few subs (GF buckwheat flour, chia egg instead of flax, applesauce instead of oil, and a mix of sucanat and brown sugars) and they were delicious! I didn’t have mason jars handy, but they turned out fine as 8 cupcakes. I knew I had a winner when my husband came from from the gym and scarfed down three :) BTW, I figured out the calories, and for the subs above, each cupcake was 98 calories, 2g fat, 9g sugar, 4g fiber, and 2g protein. Not too shabby for something so darn delectable :) Thanks!!


jodye @ 'scend food November 2, 2010 at 10:57 am

I love jars, and especially food eaten out of jars, and even more so, sweet appley desserts eaten out of jars, so it looks like this is a definite win in my book. The streusels look amazing, Angela. Thank you for sharing the recipe!


Tracey November 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

What a great idea for cake! This recipe is perfect for the season as well, thanks for sharing it with us! Can’t wait to give it a try :)


[email protected] November 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

and the combinations are endless as to what type of pie and flavors to add. jar of happiness <3


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed November 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

yum yum yum!! love it :) well done on being the reader’s choice too!! your entry was epic!
Heidi xo


Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 3, 2010 at 9:52 am

Oh my word, that looks so incredibly tasty!! Thank you for this fall recipe! I ‘m totally going to make this all the time now.


Amy @, a.musing November 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Haha I’m just making this recipe now and was like, man that doesn’t look like a lot of batter! ‘Til I realised I’m using the big Mason jars. lol

Any chance you’ll be posting the s’more-in-a-jar recipe? I’d love to try that one too – it looks delicious!


Amy @, a.musing November 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

So I heard a crack coming from the oven and decided to take the jars out just in case and baked it in a regular dish. I couldn’t actually find any cracks, but I wouldn’t suggest making this in the big jars, just in case.


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