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How to Make Easy Chocolate Cake Mix in a Jar

Tired of the same bland chocolate cakes from a box? Ditch the boxed cake mixes and try our Easy Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix in a jar. Plus you’ll always have Chocolate Cake Mix on hand, no need to worry about buying the stuff in the store.

Homemade cakes are always so much better than boxed or store-bought cakes.

Everyone is always asking how can I make boxed cakes taste like they’re from a bakery.

While bakery cakes can be really, really good, they can also be pretty pricey. Plus, you usually have to order ahead of time and designate a pickup person and time.

Why go thru all that hassle when you can make just as an amazing cake at home with Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix?!?

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Who Needs A Jar of Cake Mix?

  • Newlyweds
  • Friends
  • Kids going off to college
  • Family members
  • Expecting moms to be
  • Anybody who loves Grandma’s baking
  • People who love practical gifts versus just stuff
  • Chocolate cake lovers!

Chocolate Cake Mix Ingredients

Ingredients Needed to Make Cake Mix Jars

  • flour- we recommend all-purpose flour
  • cocoa powder - Hershey's cocoa is a popular one in our kitchen
  • sugar- white sugar
  • baking powder- a common kitchen ingredient that is very useful in baking recipes
  • salt- iodized table salt is normally used in cake mixes, but you can use sea salt or kosher salt as well

Wet Ingredients to Add to Cake Mix to Make Amazing Chocolate Cake

  • eggs- we use fresh eggs from our chickens, but you can use store bought too
  • vanilla extract- if you make your own, you definitely should use it over store bought.
  • vegetable oil- we recommend using this versus coconut or other cooking oils
  • milk- we used cow's milk, but you could use others
Ingredients to make chocolate cake mix from scratch in containers.

Tools Needed for Cake Mix Jars

Measuring Cups and Spoons

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Mixing Bowls

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Mason Jars for Storing

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Stuff Needed to Make A Cake or Cupcakes

You can use this DIY chocolate cake mix to make your own 9x13" cake or 24 cupcakes. Here's what you need on hand to make those delicious dessert options.

Mixing Bowl

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Mixer

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9x13 inch Cake Pan or Cupcake Pan

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Cupcake Liners if making Cupcakes

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Cooling Racks

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Oven

How To Make Chocolate Cake Mix From Scratch

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together and pour into Mason Jars for storage. Alternatively, you can layer the dry ingredients in your jar to products pretty layered jars for gifts.

How To Make Cake From Mason Jar Cake Mix

  1. Mix the egg, vanilla and oil together in a mixing bowl with the cake mix.
  2. Add in the milk and combine until a nice batter starts to form.
  3. Pour cake batter into a 9x 13- inch cake pan or lined cupcake pans (makes 24 cupcakes).
  4. Bake in the oven at 350F for 20 mintues if making cupcakes and 25 minutes if making a cake.
  5. Use toothpicks to insert into center of cake or cupcakes to ensure that they are done baking. Make sure the toothpicks come out clean, otherwise add a few more minutes to the bake time.
  6. Cool on cooling rack if necessary.
Ingredients in a mixing bowl.
All dry ingredients mixed together in a mixing bowl.
Cake mix in a jar.

We love making a cake from scratch without all the chemicals, random preservatives and ingredients you can’t even pronounce that you’d find in a cake made from a box.

We have the same feelings about quite a few other grocery store boxed items. We will pass on the store bought pancake mix, hot chocolate mix, brownie mix, taco seasoning, ranch seasoning mix and more.

Simply because we have our own DIY recipes of all this and know what’s in them. We love the homemade pancake mix, hot chocolate mix, brownies and pumpkin spice- just to name a few.

Recipe Tips, Tricks and Variations

  • Like more of a chocolatey cake, add a bit more cocoa powder. Or a handful of chocolate chips to the mix.
  • Need dairy free chocolate cake ? Use Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Be sure to modify any other ingredients added, like butter.
  • You can layer the cake ingredients in the jar to make a beautiful layered gift or you can whisk it all together so it’s ready to pour and mix.
  • When you make chocolate cake from this cake mix recipe, the best homemade buttercream royal icing.

Can You Use All-Purpose Or Cake Flour?

We tend to use all-purpose flour for this recipe. However, if you want to use cake flour you can. Just know that they're different and can provide different textures in your cake.

What's The Difference Between Cake Flour and Plain (All-Purpose) Flour?

Great question! Cake flour is a finer flour that has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour. It has anywhere from 7-9% protein, where plain flour has 10-12% protein in it.

So what does this mean? The less protein in your cake means the lower the amount of gluten that forms when you're mixing your cake batter together.

If you wish to use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour, you will need to adjust your measurements and add a bit of cornstarch. One cup of all-purpose flour, minus 2 Tablespoons and then add in 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch and you have "cake flour" or something similar to it.

How Do You Store Cake Mix From Scratch?

You can safely store your cake mix in air tight Mason Jars or air tight containers. This helps keep the mix fresh for as long as possible.

How Much Cake Mix Does This Jar Mix Make?

This recipe makes enough dry mix to make 1 cake or 2 dozen cupcakes.

How Long Is Cake Mix In A Jar Good For?

This depends on how fresh your ingredients are that you start with. If you’re using fresh ingredients, obviously they’ll last longer than ones you have had in the cupboard for months already.

If stored properly and in a dark, dry, cool area, this mix is good for 6-12 months.

We haven’t tried it yet, but we had a reader say she stored hers in her Jar in the refrigerator for 2-3 months and it was good to use.

How To Gift Chocolate Cake Mix?

Start by making your cake mix from scratch and storing it properly in a Mason Jar.

Then write out your instructions on how to make a cake with DIY cake mix. Make sure to include the other ingredients needed and how much of each they’ll need.

Add your Made with Love sticker to the lid of your Mason Jar. Use a piece of twine or ribbon to attach your To and From Tag around the neck of the jar and that’s it!

Cupcakes and jar of mix.

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How to Make Easy Chocolate Cake Mix in a Jar

Grab this super easy chocolate cake mix from scratch recipe. This is a great mason jar gift idea and makes the best, moist, chocolate cakes!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Cake Mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 cake
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

Jar Ingredients for mix:

  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch salt

Wet ingredients for cake:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup Milk

Instructions

  • Mix all dry ingredients together and pour into Mason Jars for storage. Alternatively, you can layer the dry ingredients in your jar to products pretty layered jars for gifts.

How To Make Cake From Mason Jar Cake Mix

  • Mix the egg, vanilla and oil together in a mixing bowl with the cake mix.
  • Add in the milk and combine until a nice batter starts to form.
  • Pour cake batter into cake pan or lined cupcake pans.
  • Bake in the oven at 350F for 20 mintues if making cupcakes and 25 minutes if making a cake. This makes a 9x13-inch cake or 24 cupcakes.
  • Make sure the toothpicks come out clean, otherwise add a few more minutes to the bake time. Cool on cooling rack if necessary.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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Karen

Thursday 18th of August 2022

It never says what temperature to bake at an what size of pan to use in the oven.

Mason Jar Recipe

Thursday 18th of August 2022

Thanks for bringing that error to our attention. This makes a 9x13 inch cake and bake on 350F. We have revised the post to add that info.