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Recipe: Valentine's Day Cup-A-Cakes

Posted February 11, 2014
Updated February 13, 2014

Courtesy: Lil' Chef

These mini cakes are baked in decorative jars and make the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Kids can help: Mix ingredients and add the sprinkles.

Valentine's Day Cup-A-Cakes


3 Tbsp butter
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup applesauce
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
¾ cup buttermilk
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp lemon zest
½ tsp red food coloring
2 ¼ cup flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp cocoa
Cinnamon Red Hot candies

You'll also need:

½ pint glass canning jars
Paper designs for lid inserts


Cream butter and sugar. Add applesauce and egg and mix well. Blend in vanilla, buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest and food coloring. Mix well.

Combine dry ingredients and add slowly to mixture, stirring well. Spoon batter into each glass jar, filling only ¼ full. Set jars on cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness. Let jars and cakes cool completely.

Frost cakes. To get the roped icing effect, put icing in a pastry bag and, using a large tipped opening, make a circular, graduated rope, ending with a peak at the top. Decorate jars by cutting a circular piece of colored paper to fit the lid insert. Finish with a red ribbon or tape a red strip of paper around the top rim of the jar.

The recipe makes about 12 jars.

Susan is the mom of two and owner of cooking studios for kid and teens, including North Hills' Lil' Chef. Go Ask Mom features recipes on Fridays, but we're sharing an extra one this week for Valentine's Day. For more, check's recipe database.

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  • RGMTRocks Feb 12, 2014

    Recipe sounds good and is a cute idea for something a little different. Now if only the recipe included inforamation on how many 1/2 pint cakes this will make, then one would know how many jars they need if they're going to do this.........