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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cooking with Chef Jo: YouTube- Canning Desserts

You should know by now that YouTube is one of my favorite hangouts online. Under the recommended section I ran across canning cakes and quick breads for long term storage. Now there's only two of us on this homestead. So the idea of making something with a large amount of portions means cooking once and eating many times. So the idea of cooking or baking once and preserving the rest for a later date is an attractive proposition. But, to can quick breads and desserts never occurred to me before.

I watched several videos and all but two used little Jiffy or prepackaged mixes, not cooking from scratch like I do. These two content provider were who I focused on. I mean anybody can go out and buy Jiffy or packaged mixes, right? What I wanted to do was take my own banana, zucchini, blueberry, etc bread dough and can it. Cake recipes like carrot, angel food, and chocolate that would ordinarily feed 8-16 portions pared down to one or two servings. With just two here eating it, normal sized portioned desserts and breads goes stale or moldy before we can finish it, and that's just wasteful. Just something sweet for a couple of mouthfuls is enough for us. Any more than that is a huge temptation for me to overeat. I do it for meals like spaghetti, chili, meatloaf, etc. Why not desserts too?

Now, I have various options of wide mouth jars to pick from since I canned so little this year. To keep it simple, I chose 1/2 pint jars. It's just enough for 1 large serving or two small servings. I tried  my Quadruple Chocolate Cake and cream cheese raspberry swirled brownies because almost everyone can use some chocolate in their lives, right? Why do normal stuff when you're a chef who likes to play with her food (like me)?

I mixed up my quadruple chocolate cake recipe. Now, normally my recipe would make 4- 8" layers of cake so I cut the recipe into quarters. After all, I was just trying it out to see how it turned out and stored. If we liked it, I could always make more. This is one of my most expensive cake recipes, but ooh so rich and chocolaty! It's so-o-o good, it'll make you wanna slap yo mama. I can say this now because my mama isn't on this Earth anymore. Otherwise, I'd be picking myself up from the far wall if I ever tried.

Jo's Quadruple Chocolate Cake
Makes 6-7 1/2 pint jars

Just because it's tiny doesn't mean it can't be  pretty
What you'll need
1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/3 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder, spooned and leveled
1/8 cup Hershey's mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet
1/2- 3.5 oz  Ghiradelli Twilight Delight Intense Dark Chocolate, grated 
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp espresso powder
                                                                                   3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
                                                                                   1 large egg
                                                                                   1/4 cup buttermilk
                                                                                   1/2 vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
                                                                                   1/3 cup hot boiling water
                                                                                   2 TBS sour cream 

Putting it all together
  • Sterilized your jars. Wash your lids and rings.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Grease inside of the jars with butter and dust with some extra cocoa powder.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder together in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips and grated chocolate bar into the flour mixture. Set aside. 
  • Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or you can use a whisk) mix the oil, eggs, and vanilla together on medium-high speed until combined. 
  • Mix the buttermilk and sour cream, and mix until combined.
  • Add the buttermilk mixture to the wet mixture and mix until combined.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, add the hot water/coffee, and whisk or beat on low speed until the batter is completely combined. 
  • Batter is will be lumpy because of the grated chocolate and chocolate chips.
  • Fill each jar halfway.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Turn your oven off and leave the door open.
  • Baking times vary, so keep an eye on yours. The cakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • As you immediately remove your jars, one at a time, from the oven wipe/clean each rim with a paper towel dipped the 1/2 vinegar and water solution. If the cake has risen above the rim of the jar trim the cake down with a knife a little ways below the rim of the jar before you clean the rim.
  • Place the lid and ring tightly on each jar. The jars will be very hot so protect your hands.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and set on several layers of toweling to protect your jars and surface. 
  • Allow to cool completely and check your seals.
  • Place sealed jars in your pantry after labeling.
For serve- You don't have to do the elaborate decorations with tempered chocolate and whipped cream like I did. I'm showing off and showing the possibilities. Simply frost with your best cream cheese chocolate frosting or favorite frosting. With the effort and ingredients you've put into making this cake, please don't ruin it with those tubs of frostings from the grocery store.

To serve just slice the cake down the middle. It's too rich, moist, and calorie potent to eat as a single serving, but if you really wanted to you could. 😲 This recipe is sure to satisfy the robust chocolate craving and with one small piece. I have to say, for the first timer the results were fabulous. Enjoy!

Y'all have a blessed day!
Cockeyed Jo


  1. You're a genius Jo! What a great idea. I love how you decorated your cake too, it's beautiful!

    1. Aw thanks Rain. (blushing) As far as the idea goes, it's not mine. The decorating is mine. I spent 10 years as an executive chef in some 4 & 5 star resorts. Why have or do something ordinary when you can have & do something extraordinary?

    2. I totally agree with that! I try to live my life that way, go the extra step, we only live once! :)

    3. Life is too short to do otherwise. :o)

  2. Jo, this is exactly what I've been looking for! I used to have a link for canned pumpkin cake, but the page disappeared and I always regretted not writing the recipe down. It's so nice to have dessert at the ready if needed (and not take up freezer space). Thank you!

    1. Leigh, I thought so too. I made up loaves of banana bread this weekend. I've always been disappointed in frozen bread products. When thawed, the loaves end up kind of mushy. This way the breafs stay moist and there's no extra condensation moisture to deal with.


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