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Trail Mix Chocolate Cake in a Jar

Updated on December 19, 2015
The perfect easy-to-make, edible gift
The perfect easy-to-make, edible gift | Source

The Perfect Gift

The day of Mother's Day I still had no gift for my mom. I had no idea what to get her but I didn't want to end up like the last three years (my mom started a collection of body lotions I gave her, which she doesn't use).

I kneaded to find a gift before I saw her today and that's when the idea of a chocolate cake came to me. Except I didn't have enough time to prepare it and cook it, so I decided to skip the cooking part and try something more creative that would be perfect as a last minute (very last minute) gift and still be pretty.

I scouted for a good sized jar and decided to put in it all the ingredients needed to make a tasty chocolate cake (with trail mix because my mother loves it!) and turn it into an edible gift. Of course this recipe could be made without the "decorative and edible gift" part, but if the occasion ever presents itself, you have muffin to lose by trying!

Rate the Trail mix Chocolate Cake

3.6 stars from 5 ratings of Just add Water: Trail mix Chocolate Cake

Trail mix Chocolate Cake Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 10-12 servings, about 2 oz. each
Lay your space-consuming ingredients out first
Lay your space-consuming ingredients out first | Source

Trail mix Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Trail-mix, add as much or as little as you like. You can also substitute things like chocolate chips, raisins..
  • Jar or decorative container
  • 1/2 cup milk or water, do not add this to the jar, it will be added later.
Add the ingredients in this order, from the finest to the coarsest.
Add the ingredients in this order, from the finest to the coarsest. | Source
Make sure it is tightly sealed if you plan on storing the gift for a while.
Make sure it is tightly sealed if you plan on storing the gift for a while. | Source

Instructions for preparing the Trail mix Chocolate Cake

  1. Lay out all your ingredients. It may be helpful to measure out how many ingredients your jar can hold by filling it with water and then measuring it using a liquid measuring cup as you pour it out. This will give you a guideline on whether or not you need a larger or smaller container.
  2. Start slowly pouring in the ingredients according to how fine the powders are. The finer and lighter the ingredient, the closer to the bottom it should go. This will ensure that the ingredients don't "bleed" through each other and that the container will have a polished appearance. In this case, the order should be: Flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, sugar, trail-mix.
  3. Cap the container or jar. Seal it tightly if you aren't going to gift it right away. The ingredients can be stored for weeks as long as they are kept airtight in a cool and dry place.
  4. Create a decorative instruction card. Since you can't add liquids to this mix, they will have to be added later after the mix is stirred. On the card include the cook time and the rest of the wet ingredients needed. In this case the cook time is 40 minutes at 300°F. and the wet ingredients are 1/2 cup of milk OR water.
  5. Decorate the rest of the jar as you see fit. Ribbons are an easy and fun way to go.
Add an instructive and decorative card
Add an instructive and decorative card | Source

Decorating the Container

You can make a handmade card (if you are really in a rush such as in my case) or you can create one on the computer and put it on the container. If you are making this recipe, feel free to click on the card and ribbon image to the right and print the full-size image to use.

If you are gifting a card along with the cake you can write the instructions in there if you prefer to leave the jar or container without decorations.

Trail mix Chocolate Cake Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 oz
Calories 200
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 7 g
Carbohydrates 31 g10%
Sugar 115 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • Londonlady profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Writes 

      5 years ago

      I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    • loveofnight profile image

      loveofnight 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      What a great gift, I am definitely adding this gift giving idea to my list. Thanks so much

    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great that you even include the nutrition facts, what a thorough recipe hub!

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 

      5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      What a great idea. I have seen these gifts in a jar and think they are absolutely wonderful. And this is perfect for the last minute gift or if you want to plan ahead. And I never heard of throwing trail mix into the cake. What a great idea. I am gonna need to try this!

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I've heard of cookie mix in a jar, but the trail mix chocolate cake sounds like a winner! Great recipe and accompanying photos. Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting!

    • Londonlady profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Writes 

      6 years ago

      Thank you! I think this is the best "last minute" gift idea that I ever had.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      What an awesome gift idea! And it looks so pretty!

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