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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.

Black Forest Jar Cake

We had a birthday girl on the weekend, and she requested Black Forest Cake.  I thought it might be fun to make our cake in a mason jar for her party.  It’s so easy to make, and then everyone has their own serving and you don’t even have to cut the cake at dessert time.  Perfect.

I’m a big fan of mason jar cakes.  They’re 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 it’s 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.  

We’ve made black forest cake but you can make any cake in a jar for this.  Add icing and sprinkles for a birthday cake, add whipped cream and fresh strawberries for strawberry shortcake, try cream cheese frosting and red velvet cake for another option.  The possibilities of combinations are almost endless.  Use any flavor of boxed cake mix or your favorite cake recipes to make the cake layer.  And then layer in frosting, or other toppings like we used to make your favorite flavor of cake.  

It’s an easy dessert to make and looks wonderful for a party.  Try these little cakes as the perfect dessert for birthday parties, a bridal shower, or as a simple way to make any occasion extra special.

Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar ready for a picnic

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 Jar Cake

Yield: 12 Mason Jar Cakes

Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar

Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • chocolate cake mix prepared according to the package directions
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 pint (237mL) whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate shavings


    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 343mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g
How to make Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar

Storing Black Forest Cake Mason Jars

Be sure to store these black forest cakes in a jar in the refrigerator with the lids on the jars, since this type of cake contains whipped cream.

how to make Black Forest Cake in a jar

This is such a delicious dessert and perfect for anyone who loves cherries and chocolate.  These mason jar cakes are so much fun for a party, and make for such a pretty presentation.   These would also be perfect for a picnic.

Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar

Everything’s better with chocolate sprinkled on top, right?

Black Forest jar cake for a birthday

With Black Forest Cake in a Mason Jar, life really is a party!

More Recipe Inspiration

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