Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar

Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar: Easy recipe made with store bought ingredients and perfect for a party, picnic, or birthday. I found this on Life’s a Party’s site.

Mason Jar cakes are easy to make and so much easier to serve than a regular cake, since everyone gets their own individual portion.  Each cake is assembled in a mason jar, the lid is added on top and you can store them in the fridge.  When you’re ready to serve, just pull them out.  If you are headed on a picnic or bringing dessert to a party, the jars are so easy to transport.  Nothing gets squished or spilled since each individual cake is in its own little jar.  And then when it comes time to serve, everyone can help themselves to a jar and a spoon and that’s all they need.  Afterwards, just collect the jars and wash them for next time.  

Mason Jars

We used 1/2 pint mason jars.  These 8 oz mason jars are perfect smaller jars for individual servings of the mini cakes.  A glass jar works great for this because you can see the layered ingredients inside, and the jar lids help seal the jars for moist cakes.  

Black Forest Cake Layers

We used chocolate cake made from a cake mix as our cake layer for black forest cakes.  You can use any kind of cake for your mason jar cakes.  A dark chocolate box cake mix is perfect for making black forest cake.  You need thin cakes in order to layer the cake in the jars.  

For our black forest cake we also did a layer of cherry pie filling and whipped cream.

Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar

Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar: Easy recipe made with store bought ingredients and perfect for a party, picnic, or birthday.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Mason Jar Cakes


  • 12 ½ (8 oz) pint mason jars with lids


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix prepared according to the package directions
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • ½ pint whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp fine sugar
  • ¼ cup chocolate shavings


  • Make the chocolate cake according to your package instructions and bake the cake batter in two round cake pans. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Use your mason jar like a circle cookie cutter to cut out a circle of cake for each of the individual cakes. Cut the circle in half so it's half as thick and you can use it for two thin layers of cake.
  • To make the whipped cream, add 1/2 pint of whipping cream to your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip cream to soft peaks, and add vanilla extract and sugar. Whip to firm peaks.
  • Assemble the black forest cake in your mason jar, beginning with a bottom layer of cake, then add a layer of cherry pie filling,and then a layer of whipped cream. Repeat, with another layer of cake, pie filling and whipped cream. Take care to keep the sides of the jar clean. We found it was easiest to put the whipped cream in a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off or a piping bag and pipe it into the jars.
  • Finish off the last layer of the black forest cake jars with a sprinkle of chocolate shavings. Let set in the fridge for an hour or two before serving
Keyword chocolate cake, Dessert

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