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Pumpkin Cake in a Jar

Pumpkin Cake in a Jar
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Yield: Makes 8 cakes.

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  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2-2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cloves, allspice, and cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 8 wide-mouth pint jars. Cream the shortening and sugar together; beat in eggs, pumpkin, and water. Set aside. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, and baking soda together; add to pumpkin mixture and stir well. Stir in nuts. Pour into jars, filling 1/2 full. Bake jars set upright on a baking sheet for about 45 minutes or until done. Remove from oven. While still warm, place waxed paper on top of each cake and place lid on jar. Cakes will slide out easily when they have cooled.

Updated Thursday, May 8th, 2003

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7 Responses to Pumpkin Cake in a Jar

  1. Anonymous November 13, 2004 at 12:28 pm #

    It turned out perfect in those jars and and what a nice gift to give to your friends. I was well pleased with the recipe.

  2. Anonymous October 18, 2005 at 12:43 pm #

    I really liked this recipe. I liked it being in the jars. When we travel we can keep it fresh longer, by opening a jar only when we need it. Everyone who tasted it liked it also. jp from texas.

  3. Rene Klein November 25, 2005 at 9:12 am #

    This is an easy recipe for a light cake with robust flavor. I included these cakes in a food basket and brought them as a hostess gift. A dollop of whipped cream dresses it up for presentation but the flavor stands on its own!

  4. Linda Berthelsen December 23, 2005 at 1:35 pm #

    Easy and fun to make; very tasty! We packed them in jars with cloth lids and ribbon for holiday gifts.

  5. Anonymous January 17, 2008 at 8:50 am #

    I made 4 batches for Christmas gifts for co-workers, neighbors and family, some with nuts, some without. Everyone LOVED them! Very easy, and great to keep on hand for a quick dessert for a small family.

  6. Rene Klein October 23, 2008 at 9:44 am #

    I have made this recipe for the past 2 years and have a reputation for “my” wonderful Pumpkin Bread!

  7. Anonymous November 7, 2008 at 11:02 am #

    OH MY, what can I not say about this recipe, the cake slid right out of the jar, it was soooo moist and so Heavenly tasting, no one could believe that I made this wonderful creation, I’m making it for Christmas gifts…YUMMY

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