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


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 or more 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 35 to 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 35 to 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. 

To make regular gingerbread, Use Spelt or unbleached white flour
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

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  1. says

    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!

  2. Robin says

    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! :)

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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!

    • says

      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 :)

    • says

      😀 😀 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:)

  3. says

    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. :-)

  4. says

    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!!!

  5. says

    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!

    • says

      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.

  6. Anonymous says

    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?

    • Anonymous says

      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 :)

  7. says

    This is such a cute idea as a christmas present, I am loving it. How long can it be stored until it expires?
    Also doesn’t the glass break in the oven? Not sure where to find oven-proof jars but will give it a try. Don’t want unpleasant surprises.
    Thank you

  8. Pongodhall says

    These jar mixes are wonderful Richa.
    So time saving and, lovely to give a few to hostess when we stop with them.

  9. Beth Grant DeRoos says

    Love this and have wondered if someone has nut allergies can they leave the 1 teaspoon of nuts out? Is there a good substitute?

  10. Christine says

    These are so cute! Richa, I know you are on the Instant Pot sites sometimes so I’m wondering if you think this could be cooked in the Instant Pot? I’m giving my kids each an Pot for Xmas so this would be fun to give with it.


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