Canning Cakes

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Alright, so this ‘canning’ method falls in the try it at your own risk category. The USDA have stated that there is no safe way for canning cakes. However just like homemade banana bread in a jar, many people including myself and the Canning Granny have over the years managed to do it, without any serious complications. The recipe featured below, is for a sour cream pound cake, any cake recipe should do without the icing on top.

Technically speaking though, you are not really canning the cakes since you do not require any special canning equipment such as a pressure or water bath canner. This same method can be used for your sweatbreads as well as your brownies. One of the advantages of doing this is that it allows you to divide your often large cake, into smaller portions that can then be preserved and eaten over time.

Canning Cakes
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • shortening
  • butter or margarine
  • sour cream
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • milk
  • cake flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • lemon extract
  • vanilla extract
  • wide mouth pint jars
  • cooking spray
  • serrated knife
  • baking sheet
  • kitchen towel
  • jar lifter

Alright so after following the instructions to make your cake batter, which basically involves mixing all the ingredients into a batter, you are ready to begin THE process. Only use wide mouth jars as they are easier to get the cake out of when it time to eat. Spray the inside with cooking spray and fill each one halfway, then place on a baking sheet in your oven at 325 degrees F for a maximum baking time of 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil your lids and rings and keep them warm. As soon as your cakes are ready start removing the jars one by one from your oven, and screwing on the lids and rings before placing them on top your folded kitchen towel. Extra care should be taken, as it is very easy to get burnt. Leave the jars on the counter to seal. Store in a cool dry place for months or even years!

You can follow step by step instructions on the Canning Granny blog here…

Canning Cakes

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