Long lasting cakes in vases, great idea for picnics! Cooking with Laura

Dear little sister Laura you really are a genius!

Recently Laura prepared some cakes, put the mixture in glass jars and popped them straight in the oven at 180C!  I wasn’t convinced. In fact I promptly switched the oven off and it was all turning into a big argument.

I did not like the idea at all. These jars were old jam jars and not safe at all (according to me!).

Oh these young people! I kept far away from the oven in case it was all about to explode…but the darling sister knew what she was doing and absolutely loved my anxiety about it! A power struggle it was. And she had the best of it!

So the big and supposedly wiser sister had to keep quiet and acknowledge the good work of her younger sibling. Sometimes it happens. Who says older people know better? I could not believe how these cakes turned out and the oven was intact, still! The old jam glasses had already been sterilized at high temperatures by the food manufacturers that’s why they were perfectly safe to cook in.

But the most interesting thing is how long these cakes can last. A week later they were just as soft and fresh as they were a week before. According to Laura they can last even for 2 months if you put the lid on as soon as they come out of the oven so this will create a vacuum. Store them in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

This makes them ideal to make in advance for pic-nics or to take away conveniently stored in a jar.

Use clean recycled jars with a large top so you will be able to take the cakes out easily.

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes


  • self raising flour – 250 g + extra for dusting
  • butter – 150 g + extra for greasing
  • sugar – 100 g
  • chocolate chips – 4 tbsp
  • eggs – 2
  • icing sugar – to decorate
  • milk – as needed
  • clean glass jars – 4


Melt 40 g of butter in a sauce pan and spread it inside each jar using a brush. Then dust the buttered jar with flour

In a bowl put the eggs with the sugar and the sifted flour. Stir well and add milk to make a smooth consistency

Add the chocolate chips and mix

Fill the 4 jars reaching 3/4 of the glass

Cook at 180C for 25-30 minutes (without their lid) until the cakes look golden

As soon as they come out of the oven put the lid on and seal well. Store in the fridge for future use.

Thank you Laura


9 thoughts on “Long lasting cakes in vases, great idea for picnics! Cooking with Laura

  1. Dear Alida,
    I love this post. What an ingenious idea! Who knew? You are so funny, I could just see the two of you arguing about the glass jars in the oven. I do not have a sister so I do not know what that is all about, but I can say that you made me laugh. This recipe is so delicious, with a cup of tea or coffee, family, laughing, there is nothing better. What I love it that it is compact and no plates, it just goes back in the jar. I guess you have to give Laura a little credit for this one….Love your photos as well. Thanks for sharing Laura’s recipes. Have a great weekend dear friend…….
    Dottie 🙂


  2. Oh this post made me laugh Alida, it made me slightly anxious too and I think I’d have been with you in wanting to turn that oven straight off again. But how amazing and how interesting that the cakes last so much longer – clever Laura 🙂


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