Swedish Apple Dessert in a Jar

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This is an inspired Swedish Apple Dessert. It’s not quite a cake, not quite a pie, and for this reason, I decided to bake it in mason jars. You may notice, I’m getting very comfortable baking in jars.

This special apple dessert is called apple cake over at  Delishhh,  published by Ewa who lives in Seattle, and is originally from Sweden. Ewa,  pronounced Eva, wrote a glowing post  about this apple cake which drew me in.

I chose this not quite apple pie,  because the recipe was very unusual. I bake a lot and I’ve never seen a recipe like this before. It’s not really a cake, because there is no cake batter, and it’s not a pie, because there is no pie dough. It’s not a cobbler and it’s not a crisp. The dough is butter, flour and sugar, but no liquid. It’s mixed together, refrigerated and rolled out and then placed as a topping over the apples.

Swedish Apple Dessert by Angela Roberts

Swedish Inspired Apple Cake PIe in a Jar by Angela Roberts

As I was making the dough, I couldn’t figure out why there wasn’t any liquid added into the batter, but it works. It’s delicious and buttery. I’ve made it twice, the first time, sticking to the original recipe, which turned out to be too sweet for me, and the second time I put it in jars and cut the sugar by 2 tablespoons.

Swedish Inspired apple cake pie by Angela Roberts

This is an easy dessert for anyone who is afraid to bake. You can make the recipe the way Ewa did and bake it one baking dish, or do it individually in jars. I used half pint jars.  I wrote about baking jars  in my red velvet in a jar post  I’m hooked. The recipe will make 8 half pint jars or one 9 inch cake pan.

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Swedish Apple Dessert in a Jar

A Swedish inspired apple dessert that isn't quite an apple cake, not quite an apple pie, baked in individual jars.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Swedish
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 9 tbsp 125g room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cups and 2 tbsp 200 ml all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 medium sized granny smith apples
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  • Mix together butter and sugar with a mixer or by hand. Mix together flour and baking power and add to butter and sugar mixture. Pull this mixture together to form a dough. It won't be a batter or a pie crust, but you can form it into a small dough. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Peel and slice apples. Mix brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon together. Mix with apples. Squeeze lemon over apples. Mix again with hands.
  • Take dough out of refrigerator and roll out. Place apples in 8 half-pint mason jars or in a large baking dish that fit the apples. Place dough over apples. It will not be perfect.
  • If baking in jars, bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes. If baking in one baking pan, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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  2. It’s funny that Greg calls it a crisp due to the crust, but it does seem to creep closer to a pie with that crust. Isn’t it great how desserts can take on so many forms and remain somewhat nameless? Love the sound of it.

  3. I adore mason jars. They remind me of a time that was much simpler. Apple desserts seem perfect to make in them. I’ll have to try this…it looks delicious!

  4. I remember my neighbour giving me a a pie that was not a pie like this. They were from somewhere in Europe. I never did get the recipe but..hey now I have it.

  5. This looks wonderful! Your selection for SRC is excellent. I have never baked in mason jars but I think it is time to give it a go! I am in Group B and stopping by for a quick peak…pinning this one!

  6. I swear Angela, I just adore anything in a canning jar, especially if it is a wonderful little dessert like this one. Isn’t it crazy that it took so long for all us cooks to realize that canning jars can have so many other uses? I just found a cookbook that is all food in jars….I love it.. Great entry.

  7. Sounds delicious and looks so cute baked in the jars, something that I never would have thought to do but genius. Great SRC pick.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.


  8. I’m intrigued – what an interesting recipe! It’s always so fun to see how these unusual recipes turn out for different cooks. And I definitely have a soft spot for things baked in mason jars – glad to find like minded cooks! πŸ˜‰

  9. I haven’t made desserts in jars yet (though I know it’s a craze). But I love mini individual deserts and apple pie/crumble is one of my favorites. Mmm!

  10. How creative. This is one of my favorite cakes to bake – and eating with some vanilla ice cream it is even better. I will have to make it in individual jars next time. Great post and awesome pictures!

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