The countdown to Halloween is well under way and we are enjoying a few holiday treats! I celebrate Halloween all month because I love it!! I also love mason jars, which goes back to my love of glass storage containers.
And honestly, these couldn’t be easier to make and will impress your little Hallow-weenies at home. My boys love anything for Halloween that is remotely gross, which is why the Kitty Litter Cake has always been so big around here. The idea of worms coming out of a pretend grave is also right up their alley. I wish I could take these to their Halloween party at school, but we are no longer allowed to bring homemade treats. Such a bummer.
You want to make sure your mason jars are washed and completely dried before you begin. I used 1/2 pint wide mouth jars. They are the perfect size.
Filling the jars half full of batter allows the cakes to puff up nicely, leaving enough room for the topping and candy.
I don’t have a lot patience with decorator gel but I did the best I could.
By placing the gummy worms in first, it is easy to spoon the graveyard crumbs around them.
How cute are these? They will be a hit with your family too!
All it needs is a little miniature zombie in there. Do they sell those?
Mason Jar Graveyard Spooky Cakes
- 1 Devil's Food Boxed Cake Mix or other chocolate flavor
- 10 sheets chocolate graham crackers, pulverized into crumbs
- 1 cup chocolate frosting
- 1 tube black cake decorators gel
- 11 Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
- 44 gummy worms
- chocolate sprinkles
- Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Spoon batter into 11 (1/2 pint) mason jars, until they are half full (not more). You do NOT need to spray jars with cooking spray. Wipe off any excess batter from inside or outside of jars. Place all filled jars on a large, rimmed baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes in a 325 degree oven or until toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
- Place chocolate frosting in pastry or Ziplock bag with a wide mouth pastry tip. Poke tip into top middle of each cake and squeeze some frosting under the surface. Does not need to be a lot, just enough to give a creamy center.
- Poke 3 gummy worms into each cake. Spoon chocolate graham cracker crumbs over each cake and around gummy worms, completely covering the surface.
- Pipe the letters RIP onto each Milano cookie with decorators gel and push each cookie into the cakes through the graham cracker crumbs.
- Lay one more gummy worm on top of graham cracker crumbs for decoration. Sprinkle chocolate sprinkles over the top.
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These are so cute. I’ve never baked a cake in mason jars, but now I want to. I don’t have a lot of patience for detail, but I think I could do this one.
Yes, these are super simple to put together.
Thats awesome. Wowwwww. This is so creative. 😀
No homemade treats for school? That’s a bummer!
Tell me about it. They’ve taken the wind out the Mom’s sails who love to create fun treats for the kids. I always looked forward to that when I was a kid.
Nikki H says
As a former teacher of 34 years, I can tell you that we appreciated the homemade treats much more than the store bought ones.
Very cute! I have tiny Mason jars, but I think they’re even smaller than those. Haven’t opened them yet. 🙂 Not sure I would get to inserting the headstones; I’d eat all the Milano cookies. They are a major weakness for me.
Yes there are tiny 4 oz ones, these are larger.
Kim in MD says
These are adorable, Cathy! You aren’t allowed to send in homemade treats to school? Is that due to nut allergies? What a shame.
Who knows the real reason, but most likely liability has a lot to do with it. And now they want only “healthy treats” on Birthdays. The kids don’t even look forward to it anymore.
Solitary Diner says
Those graveyard cookies look adorable, but I don’t think I could make or eat the kitty litter cake. It just looks too real for me not to gag while eating it.
Ha-ha, I get it.
Great work Cathy! So creative and my kids could help with the decorating. Love the idea and thanks for sharing. 🙂
Is it safe to cook in mason jars? I would be scared they would explode.
I’ve never had a problem, but I would likely not bake above the 350 degree temperature.