Amazing Apple Cakes







The Christmas season is here once again. It’s that time of the year when families and friends get together. It is also a frantic time of cooking and preparing food. Thus was our weekend.



adding flour

adding flour

My wife chose to give Apple Spice Cakes as gifts to some of her friends at work this year. So we spent Saturday night cooking. She made a large three layered cake and four dozen small Cakes-in-a-Jar. These are small half pint jars that have the cake baked inside them. I have to admit that it was a cool idea. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.  She’s the baker in the family. I just do what I’m told. So if you are interested I’ve included the recipe for her wonderful Apple Spice Cakes below.

I got so caught up “helping” to the point that I missed taking the finial picture of the larger cake and I failed to photograph the small ones being baked. So it now appears that we crammed the large cakes in to the small jars. That isn’t what happened. The photographer was just too busy doing other things to photograph the correct flow.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and will enjoy spending time with your family and friends this week.





chopped apples

chopped apples














Cake in a Jar

Cake in a Jar


 Amazing Apple Cake

From Calling All Cooks, version 3 (the blue book) with my own modifications :o)


2 eggs

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped dates

3 cups chopped peeled apples

1 3-ounce can coconut

1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup margarine, softened

1 1-pound package confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons (or less) milk

2 teaspoons vanilla


Combine eggs, milk, oil, mayonnaise, pineapple, flour, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt in a large mixer bowl; beat at low speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently; batter will be very thick. Stir in dates, apples, coconut and 1/2 cup of pecans. Spoon into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until layers test done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Beat cream cheese and margarine in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to make the frosting of spreading consistency. Spread between layers, and top with additional chopped pecans.


To bake in 1/2 pint mason jars: Fill a casserole dish with 1/4 inch water. Spray the inside of the mason jars with a non-stick coating, and fill half-way with the cake batter. Place in the casserole dish, and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool, then pipe frosting on top, and sprinkle with chopped pecans.






  1. Adam Allegro December 19, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Haha, what a wonderful, festive post!! These look fantastic. I especially like the “mixing” photo. I will need to give my gf the recipe as she is the baker of the two of us. Well done!!

    • Phillip December 19, 2011 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks Adam. I believe the mixing bowl shot is my favorite too. I was really pleased with the motion blur. You’ll have to encourage your gf to try them. Of course your need to help!

  2. Len Saltiel December 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Looks delicious Phillip. I’d actually try it but I can’t bake for a lick. Nice post and images.

    • Phillip December 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      Thank you Len. I do a lot of the cooking for us. However, when it comes to baking, I take a back seat too!

  3. Jimi Jones December 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I can smell these bad boys baking. 🙂
    These shots are excellent, Phillip. Have to show these to the Mrs., who loves to bake.


    • Phillip December 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

      Thanks Jimi. You’ll in for a treat. They are really delicious!

  4. Eden December 21, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Cool action shot with the mixer 🙂

    • Phillip December 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      I appreciate Eden.

  5. Andrew Graeme Gould December 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Now that looks fantastic in the jar, Phillip. Nicely documented in your series. But wait a minute… mayonnaise? I’m surprised by that ingredient, but I presume it fits in there somehow. Thanks for the recipe, too!

    • Phillip December 22, 2011 at 5:37 am #

      Thanks. We we thinking the same, but if you think about it, all it is made of is eggs and oil. So I guess that is the reason. Just try it, it is really wonderful.

      • Andrew Graeme Gould December 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

        OK… Makes sense, Phillip. Will try it soon!

        • Phillip December 23, 2011 at 8:48 am #

          You’ll love it. Let me know how it goes. Merry Christmas!

  6. deniseippolito December 27, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Yummy! Thanks so much for the recipe and making me crave apples!!

    • Phillip December 27, 2011 at 9:44 am #

      Thanks Denise. Let me how you like it!

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