October 17, 2012

Apple Cake in a Jar!

Happy Fall, Y'all!  The post begins with a recipe from my kitchen!
This is Carolyn from Carolyn's Creative Corner and I have a fun post today!  This recipe was taken from the magazine "Mature Living", October 2012 issue, page 32 "Dorothy Rieke's Apple Recipes"
3 cups all-purpose flour                    2 ⅔ cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt                              4 eggs
½ teaspoon baking powder               ⅔ cup water
2 teaspoons baking soda                    3 cups peeled, grated apples
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon           ⅓ cup chopped dates
⅔ cup shortening                                ⅓ cup raisins             
                                                             ½ cup chopped walnuts
Sterilize 7 or 8 wide-mouth pint jars and lids.  Grease them with shortening.
Preheat oven to 325˚F.  Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Set aside.  Mix the shortening, sugar, and eggs together in a large bowl.  Add the dry ingredients alternately with water, mixing well.  Fold in the apples, dates, raisins, and nuts.  Fill the jars about half full.  Clean the tops of jars.  Place the jars on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.  When the cake is done, remove the jars from the oven.  Wipe the rims with a clean soft cloth.  Place hot, sterilized lids on the jars.  Add the bands and tighten.  Set aside to cool.  When ready to serve, open the jar, slide out the cake, slice and serve with a sauce such as lemon or butterscotch.  Yield: 7 or 8 cakes 
To decorate the jar, I will be using Cricut Cartridge "Doodlecharms", the Gypsy (ProvoCraft hand-held design tool), Cricut Markers, DCWV Chalkboard paper, and the Expression2 Anniversary Edition Electronic Die Cutting Machine.
I am using a 12inch x 12 inch mat to cut the apple image, shadow, and blackout of the apple.
The first step was to draw the images with the Cricut Markers.  I set the speed at 4 and pressure on 3.
When the drawings were complete, I replaced the marker with the blade housing, set the pressure on 5, and pressed 'return to design' button on the Gypsy screen.
The blade moved back to the beginning of the design.  I pressed the 'cut' button and the images were cut on the same lines that were previously drawn.
Three sets of apple images were cut on the 12x12 mat.
I cut 6 sets of apple images and glued each set together as shown.
A hole punch was used to make the hole on the apple tag.
The top of the jar is covered with a cloth circle at 8 ¾ inches in diameter. I cut a paper pattern, then folded the circle in half.  The fabric was folded and the half-circle was placed on the fold.
The fabric was cut into a circle.
To prevent the edges from fraying, I used a Zig glue pen and 'painted' the edges.  The edges of the fabric could be machine/hand stitched, if desired.
To make the placement of the fabric circle even and straight on the lid, I put a large Zot (glue dot) in the center of the lid.
Folded the fabric into quarters with the right side of the fabric together.
Placed a portion of the tip of the fabric on the glue dot.
Spread the fabric circle over the lid, held the fabric in place, and screwed on the ring.
I cut a large piece of sheer ribbon and tied it around the outside of the ring.  Then threaded a shorter piece of ribbon through the apple tag and tied it into the bow.  I used Zots (glue dots) in a couple of places on the ribbon around the ring to help keep it from slipping.
To remove the cake from the jar, slide a dinner knife around the edge of the cake.  Turn the jar upside down and the cake will fall out.  Slice the cake and serve.  It is suggested to add a sauce.  The cake is very moist and tender!
***My husband is a diabetic.  I used 2 cups of 'Stevia in the Raw' instead of sugar.  Stevia is approved for diabetics and does not raise the blood sugar.  Stevia seems to be sweeter than regular sugar, so I decreased the amount of Stevia to 2 cups.***
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