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Simple Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes in a Jar

What a fun weekend, there were bake sale’s going on all over the states to raise money for Share Our Strength. I had the privilege of baking for the LA Bake Sale Saturday and prepared my simple Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes in a Jar as you see here. Huge thanks to Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking for heading up the event. She is the hostess with the mostess! I heard LA produced over $2300 for charity. So great!

I found those adorable jars at Michaels for a buck a piece along with the fun little tags. I love them. I also found them on Amazon that you can order online! Kinda funny, I couldn’t be at the LA Bake Sale because we were in San Diego, so I went to the San Diego Bake Sale to visit my friends and buy some goodies. Those ladies had a packed house. It was so much fun seeing them.

So fun to see Lori of Recipe Girl (left), Amy of Do You Know The Muffin Pan (right) and Kathy of Panini Happy (missed a photo with her, drats!)

I thought I’d share my little Bake Sale goodies with you, they’ll work in any size jar. My cinnamon filling makes for a buttery cinnamon-y jazzed up cake mix cake you will not forget πŸ™‚Β  Enjoy!

Love these labels that Party Ink custom made me for my baked goods! Perfect for bake sales, and gifts for friends. The cookies are placed in CD white paper liners. Such a fun way to wrap up cookies!


Cinna-Bun Butter cakes in a Jar

1 yellow butter cake mix, I used Betty Crocker

1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil

1/2 cup sour cream

3 eggs

1 small package vanilla instant pudding mix

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup light packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray baking jars of choice with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Place cake mix, oil, sour cream, eggs, and pudding mix into the bowl of a stand or electric mixer, beating until well combined, about 1 minute.

3. Place flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a medium bowl, mixing to combine. Cut cold butter into small cubes, add to flour mixture and use a pastry cutter or a fork and cut butter into mixture until well combined and crumbly. Takes a good 5 minutes.

4. Depending on the size of jar you use, this step will be different for every size. For the tiny jars I used, I placed about 2 tablespoons cake mix into the bottom, topped with 2 tablespoons cinnamon mix and topped with another 1 tablespoon of cake mix. No matter what size of jar you use, only fill it 1/2 full or you’ll end up slicing off the top that bakes over the top. Use your best judgement according to the size jar you are using. Layer cake mix and cinnamon topping until you reach 1/2 full of your jar.

5. For my tiny jars, I baked them for 19 minutes and they were perfect. If using larger jars just keep a close eye on them after 20 minutes of baking. Carefully remove hot jars from oven, let cool then close with lids. Find some cute tags and wrap around top with a ribbon.


Snapshots at La Jolla Beach with my stinkers over the weekend, have a great new week!!

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  1. 1
    Amy @DYKTMP? says:

    SO nice seeing you again, Jenny! Hope you had a wonderful day with the family.

  2. 2

    What a neat idea! I might have the kids in my class make these for their dads for Father’s Day! Thanks for sharing!

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    kimberlycun says:

    love the packaging πŸ™‚

  4. 4

    These look amazing! I bet they were a huge hit at the bake sale!!

  5. 5

    I would have gobbled those up at the bake sale. Great idea!

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    Gwenevere says:

    Ok so I didn’t finish reading the post but I was so excited when I saw your idea for cookies in a CD cover that I just had to comment right away while my excitement was fresh! perhaps that Idea has been around for a while but since me food blogging hasn’t been it’s new to me and I think IT’S TOTALLY AWESOM!!! Such a great idea. We are having a garage sale on saturday and my son wants to sell cookies and lemonade, this is the prefect way to package them. I’m ordering CD covers as soon as I finish this comment.

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    Courtney says:

    You guys did an amazing job! So nice to see bloggers come together for a great cause πŸ™‚

  8. 8

    holy yum…i LOVE things in jars! and, well, if it has butter in the recipe then sign me up πŸ™‚

  9. 9

    Oh that all looks so yummy! And that is an ingenious way to wrap a cookie! Love it!

  10. 10

    These look fabulous. Thank you so much for the ideas and the recipe. I love the CD holders for the cookies. I’d love to know where you got your jars for the cakes. They’re fabulous.

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    Cindy says:

    I was so hoping you were giving us a template to make the cookie labels ourself. Love the ideas, have done cakes in a jar before, they are really neat.

  12. 12

    Ok I donated to the San Diego bake sale but wasnt there because on Friday we left for Aruba so had given my Nutella Brownies to Marie to have at the sale. I wonder if anyone bought any? lol

    I would have loved bumping into you!

    Or would have I think driven to LA just to have one of your cinny cakes in a jar. holy fabulous idea!!

    I love all the pics of you and the ladies…I hope I get to meet you and them one day very soon! But for now, it’s off to the beach πŸ™‚

  13. 13

    SO fun to see you at our bake sale!! Thanks for spending some money πŸ™‚ What a cute idea your jars are. And I absolutely LOVE the cookies slipped into CD wrappers w/ those darling stickers. Saving that idea for next year!! Love ya, Girl… see you in a few days!

  14. 14

    those little cakes are so cute!! and the packaging on all your goodies is beautiful πŸ™‚

  15. 15

    Looks like you had a great time! Love the cakes in the little jars! And the tags are super cute!
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. 16

    These are too cute. I love the way you packaged your baked goods.

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    Maria says:

    What a fun day and your treats look amazing!

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    LunaCafe says:

    Such great ideas and such a worthy event. Bravo! …Susan

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    Your packaging is adorable. Some really great ideas. I’m so glad the Bake Sale was such a great success.

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    jenna says:

    I adore your packaging!! so beautiful!! I’m sure who ever went home with this cinna-bun butter cake was in heaven!

  21. 21

    Always great to catch up, Jenny! And it was lovely to finally meet all your gentlemen. πŸ™‚ We’ll be sure to snap plenty of pics in ATL – see you soon!

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    Erin says:

    So cute! And sound yummy!

  23. 23

    These are amazing and if you don’t have a little shop you should open one!

  24. 24

    I love cakes/cupcakes/muffins baked in jars. Best way to ship goodies to friends in far away places.

    Congrats on raising so much for a great cause!

  25. 25
    Karly says:

    Love your little cakes in jars! What a cute, fun idea!

    You have such a cute little family! πŸ™‚

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    TidyMom says:

    Jenny these are adorable, not to mention sound delicious!!

  27. 27

    I love the “in a jar” movement going on right now! Looks delish!

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    Katrina says:

    Mmmm these look so lovely!

  29. 29

    These are *so* cute! And I love the “cookie-in-a-cd-case” idea! Brilliant! πŸ™‚

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    sheri grennille says:

    can i ask how much you charge for the beautiful cake in a jar – and yours are truly beautiful.

    • 30.1
      Jenny says:

      I did not price my cakes at the bake sale, so I am not sure what they went for πŸ™‚ Thanks for your compliment!

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    Mich says:

    ADORABLE and perfect size for a Fundraiser/Bake Sale! Did you bake these jars in a Bain Marie or how did they go into the oven? Thanks!

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    marianne.j says:

    I would like to bake these in muffin pans. Have you tested doing that? Just wondered if you had the timing, if so. If not I will test myself. I make the same cake and bake it without a cinnamon topping and when done remove the plain cake from the pan and let cool. I then melt 2 sticks of butter and mix two cups of sugar with 2 tablesppons of cinnamon. I dip the cakes in the butter, making sure to cover the entire cake and then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Wonderful. A taste of heaven. Also, Have you ever tried Penzy’s cinnamon? It is outstanding!!!! Especially the Vietnamese Fancy cinnamon. Their vanilla can’t be beat either.

    • 32.1
      Jenny says:

      I haven’t tried that yet Marianne, but I think it would work just fine πŸ™‚ I’d start the baking for 17 to 18 minutes and check often from there.

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    Erin A says:

    So so cute and clever.

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    jamioday001 says:

    Hi! Another great recipe… looks beautiful and delicious,… as usual! I wondered if you could help me out. How do you store all of your recipes? I was wondering if you had them on computer or in a binder? How do you organize all of them?! I would love to start a good system and thought you may have a good idea, or can refer me somewhere else. Thank you!!

    • 34.1
      Jenny says:

      I just store them on my blog πŸ™‚ If I didn’t have them all accessible through my blog I would probably store my favorites on my computer in categories. Easier than bulky binders. Good luck!

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    EatLiveRun says:

    these are adorable!! I wish five would just magically land on my doorstep right now.. πŸ™‚

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    Tracy says:

    Those cakes in a jar are the cutest! Love them!!

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    CAS says:

    You just never cease to amaze me with your kitchen creativeness. These cinnabuns in a jar are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! Thank you for so generously sharing all your wonderful knowledge, cleverness & recipes.

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    Bee says:

    What a cute idea! The jars are adorable and the cake sounds delish!

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    Heather says:

    These are adorable Jenny! Love them! What a great idea! Looks like you had a fun filled day and all for a great cause. πŸ™‚

  40. 40

    Jenny, these adorable desserts flew out of my hands the second I delivered them to the bake sale. Such a cute idea. Glad you were able to join the fun in San Diego πŸ™‚

    • 40.1
      Jenny says:

      Marla, thank you so much for transporting my treats to LA! Wish I could have been there, looking forward to our weekend in Atlanta!!

  41. 41

    The presentation and packaging of your treats is fantastic! Lovely shots of you and your boys.

  42. 42

    So cute!

    Especially the butter cake. I wish that I could have been there to buy two or ten.

    Thanks so much for the recipe and packaging ideas!!

  43. 43
    Jessica says:

    I LOVE the wrapping a cookie in a CD cover idea! GENIUS! Now, if only my cookies were BIG enough to look good in a CD cover πŸ™‚ LOVE your site!

    • 43.1
      Jenny says:

      Thanks Jessica,
      I used my Brownie Chunk and Chocolate Chip Cookies, just made them larger, it was easy πŸ™‚

  44. 44
    Ilke says:

    What a lovely, useful ideas with packaging!
    First time on your blog and I am glad my sister-in-law forwarded your blog to me! Will be back to check all your previous recipes!

    • 44.1
      Jenny says:

      Thank you Ilke, so glad to have you, let me know if you have any questions about the site πŸ™‚

  45. 45
    Emily says:

    These are adorable!!! What a fun idea! And thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Yum!!!
    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  46. 46
    Danae says:

    These are such a cute idea! I’m thinking of using these for end-of-the-year teacher treats. How many small jars were you able to make with one batch? Thanks!

  47. 47

    I love those cute little jars! Such a fun idea!

  48. 48
    winediva says:

    Love this idea! I wonder how easy they are to eat from the jar? Small spoons?

  49. 49

    So beautiful!

    I featured this in my new Tuesday’s Treasures post at:

    Come check it out!

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  51. 51

    wow I love those buns in jars! They look to die for.

  52. 52
    Jenny says:

    I don’t get it… do you EAT cake out of a jar?

    • 52.1
      Karen says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t get it. They look delicious but I wonder how you actually eat them…
      somebody please tell us…..

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    Jessica says:

    Your packaging and recipe are both so creative and appealing! My mouth is watering over those little cakes. Thanks for sharing!

  55. 55

    I have been following your blog for quite some time now, and I am always amazed by your creativity. Your recipes, your jars, your labels – everything – are just stunning. Thank you for the inspiration, and I can’t wait to see what’s next! πŸ™‚

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    katarina says:


    this cakes look so beautiful! I love the cute little jars, they have a vintage like feel to them.
    can you please tell me where you buy them?

  57. 57
    Judy says:

    Do you think these would work in a cupcake/muffin pan instead of the individual glass jars?

  58. 58
    Mads says:

    How many jars does this recipe make?
    It’s the perfect gift for Christmas, or birthdays, or anything really. Thanks!

  59. 59
    Erica says:

    how far in advance can you make/store these?

  60. 60
    Karen says:

    I love the CD cases for you bake sale items. How clever is that? And the recipe for the cakes sounds delicious too. I’m just wondering how you get the cake out of those tiny little jars to eat it? Is it hard to actually consume?

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  62. 62

    Is there an alternative to the Yellow Cake Mix. I’m in the UK and we don’t have that (or many boxed cake mixes) here.


    • 62.1
      Monica S says:

      I’m wondering the same thing. But I dont buy many boxed cakes….I prefer scratch.

      • 62.1.1
        Jenny says:

        Hi Monica, I imagine you could use any cake recipe you’d like. Just watch the bake time as it may be different.

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    jenrwarren says:

    I LOVE this idea. I’m hosting a baby sprinkle in a couple of weeks and thought this might be perfect as a favor. Nothing cuter than Cinna-“Bun in the Oven” cake in a jar! I’m hoping to find these super-cute jars this week. I was wondering how many jars you made with this recipe? I only need about 15-18, but I didn’t know if I needed to double or triple your recipe.


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    Monica S says:

    I was wondering if you could use a homemade cake, instead of boxed, to save money, & if the cake has to be premade, or if its only the dry cake ingredients? This sounds like an awesome idea, & I’m going to definatly try then!

  67. 67
    Debbie Daggett says:

    Hi. I love this idea. I live in Canada in a rural area, and our church baazar needs a pick me up. I would like to try this idea. Would that be alright? What size of jar. I have found 3″ by 2″ size. Is that the size that you used? Could you let me know what size you used and let me know if I would be allowed to try this at our church? I know that you could use any size and just adjust but I would like to know what you used and how much you were able to get per jar. Thanks. The idea was really quite brilliant. Cudos to whoever thought that up.

  68. 68
    Debbie Daggett says:

    Hi, I just love the idea of the cinnamon bun in the jar. I am from a rural area in Ontario Canada and I would love to use this idea at our church baazar. Would that be alright? What size jars did you use? I know that you could use any size and adjust the amount. Would the 3″ by 2″ size be similar? Thanks for posting this recipe. At is brilliant.

  69. 69
    Bonnie says:

    How long do you think these would last in the jars? I like the idea of sending a little cake to my husband who is deployed. He usually gets his packages in 5-8ish days….Would it last that long??? Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Jesssums says:

    Those jars are so adorable! Where did you find them?

  74. 74
    Ron Roth says:

    Sounds great, but how do ya get em out of the jar? Or do you just dig em out with a spoon? How then do you serve it?

  75. 75

    Hi! I adore this recipe and I featured it over on Ashley Suzanne {the blog} {}! I would be eternally grateful if you would grab the feature button for your sidebar.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  76. 76
    Danae says:

    Important question! I’m using similar jars to the ones you used. I’m making these for teacher gifts–love the cute idea! Did you somehow unhook the lids from the base before you cooked them in the jar or were you able to leave the attached? I’m a little hesitant about using these jars, but they’re so cute I really want to. Help please! Thanks!

  77. 77
    Julie says:

    I just made these tonight – and I am excited to say that they turned out great! I bought a larger jar from IKEA (about $3) and the mix ended up filling 4 of these. I tied a little key-chain size Starbucks gift card to it and these are my teacher gifts this Christmas. I did have to kick up the cook time significantly, but they are great tasting cakes and I am excited to share this on facebook – you are awesome!

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    Bridget Ulrich says:

    These look awesome! I am thinking about using these as a campaign fundraiser- how much did these jars cost you to buy?

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    Antoinette says:

    Your cinnamon cakes in a jar look amazing! Could you tell me what the ounce size of the jar was? Or was it half a cup or something like that?

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    stacy says:

    do these lil cakes have a shelf life? can you actually can them and use them months later? i have a spice cake that i make and can. i’d be interested to find another option.

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    marla says:

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post πŸ™‚

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    Susan says:

    These are so cute….but how does one eat it?

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    Melody says:

    making the jars now for thanksgiving teacher gifts…cake batter seems really thick…here’s hoping all is ok!!

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    Cindy says:

    Any thought as to making this a gift but dry ingredients with wet instructions on the reverse side? I love unique gifts and this one sounds great.

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    Melinda says:

    Are the CD envelopes grease-resistant? Love those and the jars. Found the jars for $0.70. Thanks!

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    Rachel says:

    What size jar did you use in your picture?

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