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 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
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 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp 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, cinnabun, cinnamon cake, cinnamon cake recipe, gooey butter cake, gooey butter cake recipe


The Flake Family at La Jolla Beach

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100 Responses
  1. stacy

    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.

  2. Antoinette

    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?

    1. Jenny

      Hi Antoinette, I don’t have any jars left to check, but I would guess they hold about 1/2 cup.

  3. Bridget Ulrich

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

  4. Julie

    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!

  5. Danae

    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!

  6. Ashley Suzanne {the blog}

    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!

  7. Ron Roth

    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?

  8. Bonnie

    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 🙂

  9. Debbie Daggett

    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.

  10. Debbie Daggett

    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.

  11. Monica S

    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!

  12. jenrwarren

    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.


  13. Rachel Howdle

    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.


      1. Jenny

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

  14. Karen

    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?

  15. Mads

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

  16. katarina


    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?

  17. Emily (Roots+Platters)

    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! 🙂

  18. Jessica

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

    1. Karen

      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…..

  19. Danae

    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!

  20. Ilke

    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!

    1. Jenny

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

  21. Jessica

    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 🙂 LOVE your site!

    1. Jenny

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

  22. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

    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!!

  23. Cookin' Canuck

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

  24. marla {family fresh cooking}

    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 🙂

    1. Jenny

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

  25. Heather

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

  26. CAS

    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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