Halloween Marble Cake in a Jar |  These cakes are so much fun no one will even notice that they started with a cake mix!  With pretty colors of purple and green and a surprise chocolate spider inside your guests will be excited about these fun cakes in a jar!

Halloween Marble Cake in a Jar


You can make the spiders different colors or just plain black like I did.  I really like the idea of making the body one color (like dark red) and the body black.  Click here for the mold—->>>>BITE SIZE SPIDER CHOCOLATE CANDY MOLD. Melt candy melts and either spoon into each mold or pour melted candy into a squeeze bottle and fill.  Refrigerate until hard.  This can be done days before the cakes are made.

Make cake batter according to the recipe below, divide batter and color.  Layer batter into 7 half pint jars and bake.

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Halloween Marble Cake in a Jar

Love…love….love the marbled cake!

Halloween Marble Cake in a Jar

To insert the spider….release spider from mold.  Slide an off set spatula along the side of the jar creating a gap.  Slide the spider into the gap.  TIP:  Do this step while the spiders are cold.  It makes working with them so much easier.

Halloween Marble Cake in a Jar

Make the frosting according to the recipe.  Separate into two bowls and color.  Spoon frosting into two piping bags, flatten the bags, snip the ends and fit them into a large piping bag fitted with a large piping tip (making sure the tip of each bag goes into the piping tip).  Add a swirl of colorful cuteness to the cakes!

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Halloween Marble Cake in a Jar

Preparation 20 2017-12-16T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 25 2017-12-16T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 7     adjust servings



For the Cakes

  • 7 (half pint) jars
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large egg whites
  • gel food color, purple and neon green

For the Spiders

  • black candy melts

For the Frosting

  • 2 cups shortening
  • 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons milk
  • gel food color, purple and neon green


For the Cakes:

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray the inside of each jar with non stick cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the cake mix, oil, water and egg whites.  Beat until smooth and creamy.  Divide batter into three bowls (about 3 1/2 ice cream scoops each).  Add color to two bowls of batter.  Use a small cookie scoop (about 3/4 ounce), Add a scoop of each color to the prepared jars, place on a baking sheet with edges.  Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

For the Chocolate Spiders:

Melt chocolate (black candy melts) in a microwave safe bowl.  Spoon or fill a squeeze bottle with chocolate and fill the spider wells.  Place in refrigerator to harden.  Once cakes are completely cooled, slide an off set spatula along the side and down to the center side creating a space.  Slide spider into created space.  TIP:  Working with the spiders cold makes this job a lot easier.

For the Frosting:

Add the shortening to a medium mixing bowl, beat until light and fluffy.  Add extract and beat until incorporated into the shortening.  Add sugar 1 cup at a time; beat until smooth between each addition.  Add milk only if frosting is too thick (1 tablespoon at a time).  Divide frosting into three bowls.  Add color to each (two) bowl, stir to combine.  Spoon frosting into piping bags, flatten, snip ends.  Fit a large piping tip into a large piping bag, insert the color frosting into the large piping bag making sure the tips of the bags are inserted into the piping tip.   Add a swirl of cuteness!

Recipe Notes




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