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Last Minute DIY Gift Idea

Fruitcake in a Jar

The countdown is on and christmas only one more day away. Have you all got your presents ready yet? Being a huge fan of DIY gifts I wanted to share this cute idea for mini fruitcakes in a jar which you can make in under an hour and which make fabulous little gifts.

The great thing about these cakes is that they will remain moist and delicious for up to a month! So what better way to show someone you care than a personalized cake in a jar! All you need are glass jars, you can use preserving jars or even screw top jars of any size really. The only really important thing is that they are very clean and sterilized beforehand. I tend to use a combination of both preserving and screw top jars. The following recipe is enough batter for 4-5 jars (the jars I used are about 290 ml).


200g butter

150g sugar

4 eggs

150g flour

75g ground almonds

1 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt


50g raisins + glace cherries (to taste)


some oil for greasing the jars

175°C – 20-30min depending on size of your jars

Important steps:

  1. Sterilize your glass jars and the lids beforehand if you want to seal and keep them for a while – easily done with boiling water for instance.
  2. The jars should be greased with oil to ensure the cake comes out easily. Just take care to spare out the upper part of the jar.
  3. Fill the jars only about half-way with batter.
  4. Screw clean lids on top immediately when the hot cakes come out of the oven. If you are using preserving jars, use clean rubber rings only and clip the lids in place. Use 2-4 clips on each jar. Then leave the cakes to cool with lids in place.


The above recipe can be personalized to taste of course, so feel free to use candied peel or nuts and different kinds of alcohol (if using that at all). You can also exchange the ground almonds for flour. The batter is essentially a pound cake batter and prepared likewise.

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Afterwards you could add a little gift card, a napkin or piece of cloth to decorate the lid with or even personalized stickers. And, of course, all kinds of christmas decoration if you like :) You could also just use a pretty gift bag if you are pressed for time!

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Cake in a Jar

I found these pretty little gift cards at IKEA

I found these pretty little gift cards at IKEA

Cake in a Jar


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  1. What a cute and festive gift idea! :) I’ve never seen a cake in a jar before it would be a lovely gift :)

    Hope you have a merry Christmas!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. This is so cute and unique. A really great idea. Happy Holidays!

  3. Such a cute idea! I would never think to put cake in a jar but it does make for a cute little gift
    Dresses & Denim

  4. I’m a huge fan of those cakes!
    Never thought about giving them to someone as a gift but that’s actually a really cool idea :)

    Caro x

  5. Such a cute idea! It would be great for a last second gift :) Lovely recipe!
    xo Kiki

  6. Such a great idea! They look yummy. Gemma x

  7. Tassenkuchen ist finde ich immer eine klasse Idee !
    Ich hoffe du hattest gestern einen tollen Heiligabend:)

    • caliope

      December 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Dankeschön, Cyra :) Ja, sie lassen sich wirklich gut verschenken. Ich hoffe, du hattest auch richtig schöne Feiertage!

  8. I love the idea :)
    Merry Christmas to you ;)
    Xx Blue Ducklings

  9. Das ist ja wirklich eine süsse Idee und hält sich so sicher lange… das kann man auch noch nach weihnachten verschenken =) Und ja, ich hab das Kleid auch selbst bestickt =) Ich wünsche dir frohe Restweihnachten!
    Love, Héloise
    Et Omnia Vanitas

    • caliope

      December 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Dankeschön, Héloise! Ja genau, ich verschenke sie auch ganz gerne zu anderen Anlässen :) Ich hoffe, du hattest auch wunderschöne Feiertage!

  10. Das sieht super süß und total lecker aus! Ich würde mich über so ein Geschenk total freuen :)

  11. Eine super schöne Idee, nicht nur zu Weihnachten! Wünsche dir einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

  12. a yummy fruitcake in a jar sounds like a lovely idea! they can be colorful and pretty too :)

    • caliope

      January 3, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Thank you for stopping by :) Yes, they can be customized easily, which is what I love about them too!

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