Simple Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes in a Jar

These Simple Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes are baked right into a jar. They’re super tasty with brown sugar and cinnamon, and they make the perfect gifts!

A Cardboard Box of Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes in a Jar

Easy Cinnamon 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.

Jen, Lori and Amy at the LA Bake Sale

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 🙂  Enjoy!

A Box Filled With Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes in a Jar

Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes in a Jar

Brownie Chunk and Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Bag

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!

A Box of Simple Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes

A Labeled Cinna-bun Butter Cake in a Jar

Simple Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes in a Jar

These Simple Cinna-Bun Butter Cakes are baked right into a jar. They're super tasty with brown sugar and cinnamon, and they make the perfect gifts!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 12 jars
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Oven


  • 1 yellow butter cake mix I used Betty Crocker
  • 1/2 cup canola oil 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 brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cold


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


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: butter cake, butter cake recipe, cinnamon cake recipe, gooey butter cake


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

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100 Responses
  1. Melinda

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

  2. Cindy

    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.

  3. Melody

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

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