S’mores Cake in a Jar {Homemade Gift for Teachers}

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I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself.  Not only do I totally feel on top of my holiday “game” by giving my children’s school teachers a little holiday “Thank You” so early in the month, they {their teachers} “score” twice.  I’ll explain: I used Dairy Products in my recipe from Smart & Final that have the California Milk Seal on them, and when they redeem the seals, they’ll get Scholastic books free!

I made my kids beloved teachers S’mores Cake in a Jar.  I think they are SOOOO cute, and they’d better be really yummy {I didn’t taste test them, they probably wouldn’t have appreciated that.}


Please note that I found this S’mores Cake in a Jar Recipe on the blog, “How Sweet It Is”, and Jessica graciously gave me permission to share it.  I doubled her recipe, BTW.  {Yahoo!}

S’mores Cake in a Jar Recipe


  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 pinches of salt

Melt butter and mix in graham crumbs and salt. Mix until moistened. Spray 4 mason jars with non-stick spray and press graham crust into jars. Press down with whatever you have in your kitchen that works.


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream

For Topping:

  • 1 bag of large marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. Add milk, cream, butter and vanilla, and mix until combined. Stir in sour cream. Sift dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture. Mix until batter is smooth. Using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to mason jars one scoop at a time. You only want to fill them up about half way, and the batter should work evenly for 4 jars. Again – don’t worry if it is perfect. Place mason jars in a baking dish and add about 1 1/2 cups of water to the bottom. Bake for 30 minutes (or much longer if needed), or until cake is set.

Remove cake from the oven and press large marshmallows down on top. Brown marshmallows under broiler for about 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Don’t burn if you can help it! 🙂

Now, the directions say to serve immediately, but I wasn’t able to do that.  I did deliver them once they had cooled, but it looked like they are just fine to wait a bit to eat!

*Makes {4} 24-ounce mason jar cakes plus {1} 16-ounce mason jar with a little batter left over.

Decorating the S’mores Cake in a Jar

Nothing says fun like a S’mores Cake filled jar that is decorated with an adorable printable.  I found the FREE gift tags printables I used on Today’s Fabulous Finds. Aren’t they so cute?  I just used ribbon and twine I had around the house to tie on the neck of the bottle.

*The California Milk Advisory Board & Scholastic have created a program called “Help Our Teachers, Help Our Kids” {#HelpOurTeachersHelpOurKids}.  It’s a program designed to help our teachers get Scholastic books by collecting the California Milk Seals from participating dairy brands like First Street Brand from Smart & Final.  All the teacher needs to do is submit the seals collected by students & families and then reap the rewards!  (Each seal counts as one sweepstakes entry. Teachers who submit 100 seals get 25 Scholastic books or $25 school supply gift card. Each teacher entrant gets one Scholastic book.)

*Select Smart & Final First Street products are part of the California Milk Advisory Board #HelpOurTeachersHelpOurKids promotion.

Disclosure:  This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for  #collectivebias #CBias.

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  1. I want. I need. I must have. The end.

  2. cute gift

  3. Seriously drooling over here. Love this for Christmas gifts!

  4. These are so cute and I bet very tasty. Love this idea for gifts.

  5. I was the happy recipient of one of these jars!!!! Can I just say how DELICIOUS it was!

  6. I, better send my C.V.to the school where your kids study.

  7. Such a cute idea!

  8. What fun gifts! I will be posting about my teacher gifts in 2 days during my 12 Days TIL Christmas Countdown…I hope you’ll stop by! Merry Christmas.

  9. This is SUCH a GREAT Idea. We have a fire ban out here in Colorado and my kids are so sad that we cant make smores when we go camping. I am going to surprise them with these on our next trip! Thanks so much for sharing:)

  10. Awesome! I am so going to have to make this 🙂

  11. Such a great idea. I never know what to get for the teachers and usually end up giving them cookies!

  12. Thank you so much for this festive, personable idea. I’m using it as a Christmas gift this year, as I will not be able to go out and buy any presents this year.

    Thank you!!!!

  13. Is the cake supposed to be gooey yet or when you say set do you mean like a reegular cake. I made it for work and they loved it but it still seemed gooey. We didnt know if that was how it was meant to be.

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  16. would this need to be refrigerated by the teacher if she wanted to leave it at school for lunch on another day?