Happiness Cake in a Jar


One of my favorite recipes from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook is their Chocolate Chip Layer Cake. I think that simple name does not even begin to describe what it is: mini chocolate chip butter cake layered with passion fruit curd, chocolate cake crumbs, and coffee buttercream frosting. Hello. So I decided to rename it Happiness Cake, because this is what happiness is. =) The original recipe is quite long and complicated, so I decided to simplify it by using a cake mix and Oreo cookie crumbs. I also decided to make this cake in a jar instead of procuring cake rings and acetate lining. I love that they can be kept in the freezer for a while and are totally portable, so they make really good gifts for friends!

What you will need

1 recipe butter cake (enough for a 9" x 13" cake)

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup passion fruit puree, divided

1/3 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon powdered gelatin

3/4 cup butter, very cold

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs

1 cup butter

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

1/3 cup milk

1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


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