Gingerbread Cake Mix In a Jar for 1. Glutenfree Vegan Recipe

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Dont we all love everything in Jars! and Individual servings! And they make for cute and perfect gifts too. So this holiday season, keep an eye out on the blog for things in jars. Not just desserts, but some savory goodies too.

Lets start up with this Gingerbread bread/cake in a jar. The cake mix is in the jar. It can be made into batter in the jar, and then baked or microwaved and served in the Jar! How fun is that. Easy, Moist, spiced, delicious. Countdown to Christmas Stocking stuffers begins.

I used Brown rice and buckwheat flour for the cake in the pictures. You can use Oat and almond flour or other flours as well. Make a batch with other flours, to test if the wet ingredient amounts work. Ginger bread spices and sugar are mixed in. Some candied ginger is added on top and blackstrap molasses coats the bottom. This jar is ready to be gifted.

I am Holiday lagged and wishing that the long weekend did not have to end. It is probably going to snow this week. I hope it does! then Seattle will come to a stand still and everyone will take a snow day:)

More ideas that can be made into Jar gifts.

Oat Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix in a Jar
Molten Lava Chocolate Cake for 1
Dry Pasta Sauces in a Jar - White, Mac & Cheese, Chipotle Cheese, Sriracha Sesame cream, Nacho cheese sauce and more
Ginger Molasses Cookies
Coconut Macaroons


Mix all the dry ingredients.

Add molasses to the jar.

Add the mixed dry ingredients. Top with candied ginger.

Add the wet ingredients and mix well to combine.
Mix well else you will get molasses honeycomb candy at the bottom.

Bake or microwave until done. Serve warm with ice cream.
The front jar gingerbread mix was baked. The jar in the back was microwaved.

Single Serving Gingerbread Cake Mix and Bake in a Jar
Allergen Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, gluten. Can be made nut-free

Jar (4 oz): Flours:
1.5 Tbsp brown rice flour
1 Tbsp buckwheat flour (or sorghum or amaranth flour)
1 loaded tsp ground cashew (or almond or other nuts)

1/8 tsp baking powder
a pinch of baking soda
1/2 tsp flaxmeal
2 Tbsps ground raw sugar
1/8 tsp ginger powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
a generous pinch of cloves powder

1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses
1 tsp chopped candied ginger(optional)

To add:

2 tsps coconut milk or almond milk or non dairy yogurt
1 tsp oil (melted coconut or vegan butter or canola)
1-2 drops of lemon juice or vinegar(optional)

Instructions on the Jar: 
Add 2 tsps coconut milk, 1 tsp oil and a drop of lemon juice to the jar. Mix well to combine. Microwave for 45 seconds or Bake for 19-20 minutes at pre-heated 375 degrees F.

Pack the Jar:
Drop the molasses into the jar and spread at the bottom. In a bowl, mix all the flours and the other dry ingredients. Add to the jar. add some candied ginger. Close the lid and keep ready.

To make the gingerbread:
Add the ingredients under 'To add' and mix until well combined. Mix well to incorporate the molasses, else the molasses will make some hard honeycomb at the bottom.
Microwave for 45 seconds or Bake for 19-20 minutes at pre-heated 375 degrees F. Let cool a bit then Serve warm topped with vanilla or Carrot Cake Ice cream.

Note: If you do not have gluten-free flours like rice, buckwheat, use 1.5 Tablespoons ground Oats(or Spelt flour) + 1.5 Tablespoons ground almonds to replace the flours. 
Variations: Substitute the non dairy milk with pumpkin puree or applesauce.
You can omit the molasses from the packed jar and add with the wet ingredients. Change instructions to accordingly. 

This Cake in a Jar is being shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Rickis wellness weekend


  1. Wow this looks so cute and can't believe its vegan too!

  2. Cake looks so beautiful ! Bookmarked !

  3. I once made hazelnut cakes in jars and I think this is a great idea!

  4. I love anything in jars! Seriously this is so cute and looks yummy too!

  5. what a fabulous gift, richa! they are so cute but look so moist and decadent!

  6. These are adorable! I am a sucker for mason jars. I can't seem to ever have enough!

  7. Perfect!! I usually find myself baking things only for events or family, because if I give them to others I'm not as tempted to eat so much. This is what I need for "me" desserts. :D

  8. I am so gonna try this Richa.. so hooked

  9. Very cool Richa! I've done this with mini pies before but not cakes, YUM. I think I would want more than one...........♥

  10. I've been looking for a recipe that uses brown rice flour - thank you so much!!!! Your presentation and photos.... as always... are awesome. Very cute idea re the jars.....brilliant!

  11. Yum!! Could I sub the brown rice flour for oat, spelt, WW pastry, or another? I have the buckwheat and can get brown rice flour from the bulk bins but I already did my weekly shopping and want to make this ASAP! :)

    1. Yes you can sub it with oats or spelt. ww+buckwheat might get a bit too dense.

  12. Which brand of jars did you use? Are all canning jars oven safe? Don't want to send someone a jar and have it crack on them :)

    1. I am not sure of he brand. these are the molten lava take and bake jars(from hot cakes in seattle) that i have a ton of :) and i have baked the frozen lava cakes after thawing the frozen cake batter for 10 mins without a single one cracking. i think any good quality mason jar will work fine, since there isnt much of a temperature differential with the gingerbread batter and baking temperature.

    2. Thanks! I am going to Hot Cakes for the first time on Saturday so I'll pick some up! Would love to send these to my pregnant sister in law for Christmas to satisfy late night sweet cravings!

    3. what! you havent been to hotcakes yet. they have the cakes in the frozen section in pcc and some other markets too.:)

    4. What?!? I had no idea! That's dangerous. Ballard is an acceptable distance from Kirkland, but I have a PCC that I can walk to. I am doomed, happily doomed :)

    5. :D :D yes, it is dangerous. very dangerous:) i think half my spice rack is made of these mason jars. i will complete the collection in another few months:)

  13. Perfect. I'll be making some of this just as soon as I get over the stomach ache from eating an ENTIRE gingerbread/chocolate/coffee bundt cake. You see, this is what happens when all you want is a taste of something and no one else wants anything but chocolate straight up. That'll teach me. Now I can get my Gingerbread fix in portions to suit me without killing me. Thanks. :-)

    1. well. you can make my dal in a jar for a savory break. that will also be good on the tummy:)

  14. how cute are these?!?! great idea!


  15. I made me one for after-lunch today for a very cold day here in the Bay! Richa - this one's a keeper, LOVE LOVE LOVE it :) So yumm and quick and easy and light. The flours and spices combination go together very well. Thanks!!!

    1. it is super cold here too this week.. in the 20s brrr. I am so glad you like it !!

  16. hi richa, is there a substitute for the molasses. we dont get it here in India. just loved your idea of baking in a jar. :-)

  17. Your gingerbread cake mix in a jar is making my heart sing! Delicious!

  18. Can I just make all your recipes...all the time...? Hehee. These look great, thanks!

  19. Thank you for this AWESOME idea for my daughter and I! We are going to try it today! Being as naive as I am, my ONLY concern is placing the glass in the oven as I do not want to microwave. Do I just have to ensure my glass is oven-proof? Sorry for the silly question but thank you for the idea!

    1. it should not break. the usual glass jars should be oven proof. it might be a problem if you are using a chilled batter and then baking it. but a room temperature batter should not be a problem for the glass.

  20. SO many said they loved this idea, and it IS really neat, but who's had success? Who's had failure??? It seems to me it would be so hard to mix properly in the jar. . . . . Who's actually tried different flours?

    1. use a small spoon. or move the ingredients to a bowl and mix. or use a larger jar or less ingredients per jar :)

    2. Thanks for your reply, Richa. I appreciate the time you take on your site. I haven't tried this recipe as I'm too busy scouring all of your recipes! lol I'm new to being a vegan and LOVING it. I wish more people would understand that we really can eat good food without animal products being involved :)


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