Layered Strawberry Chocolate Cake-in-a-Jar

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Layered Strawberry Chocolate Cake-in-a-Jar

Chocolate Cake
1/2 cup all purpose flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Sauce
3 tablespoons water
2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.

To make the cake, in a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and sugar until creamy.  Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low, and beat in flour mixture, alternating with milk until just combined.  Beat in melted chocolate until combined.  Pour batter into pan.  Bake 20-25 minutes, or until cake pulls away from edges of pan, and a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached.  Cool completely.  Refrigerate for easier slicing.

To make the frosting, in a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together cream cheese and butter until creamy.  Beat in confectioners' sugar, milk, and melted chocolate until well combined and smooth.

To make the whipped cream, in a large bowl, using a mixer on high speed, beat together cream, sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form - about 2-3 minutes.

To make the strawberry sauce, stir together water and cornstarch in a small bowl until combined.  In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together cornstarch mixture, strawberries and sugar.  Bring mixture to a simmer, whisking frequently.  Cool 5 minutes.  Puree in a food processor.  Strain into a medium bowl. 

To assemble jars, cut out cake rounds the size of the jars by using a cookie cutter or a small glass.  Layer jars with cake, spoonfuls of frosting, spoonfuls of whipped cream, and strawberry sauce.


  1. Yum! They look dive right in good :)

  2. That looks amazing, Emily! Definitely would be hard to top!

  3. Oh dear. These look AMAZING!!! I was all thinking I wanted to make a mixed berry pie for our bbq this weekend, but now... I may want to make these!!!!!

  4. These are so cute! I love those jars!

  5. I might cry. seriously? you said it yourself, nothing beats chocolate and strawberries. but then you add cream cheese frosting?! oh man. grocery store here I come.

  6. Sounds worth the effort to me. I have done mini trifles in a wineglass where I make homemade pudding and fresh whipped cream (although I do often use store-bought pound cake). Not complicated. Just a lot of steps.

    I love layering desserts in self-contained packages. This looks perfect.

  7. Mmmm, chocolate covered strawberries. I was really big on that in my youth and never got over it. These look perfect for make ahead desserts.

  8. Your blog is the worst thing for my diet! The photos are just too gorgeous and the recipes just too divine! I'm done for!

  9. woah, this is absolutely fabulous! and chocolate cream cheese frosting? that might be all you need with strawberries ;)

  10. whenever I see a recipe with multiple steps like this, I think to myself...BRING.IT.ON.

  11. Yum, so pretty and perfect for a party! I love the presentation!

  12. i need to make these, they sound like my dream cake!