fall inspired: tiger stripe cake



: There is absolutely nothing healthy about this recipe whatsoever. I normally try to modify unhealthy desserts to be a little bit healthier, but this is one of those recipes you just have to try as is! 

Growing up, tiger stripe cake was my absolute favorite dessert. The combination of decadent chocolate cake and the quintessential fall pumpkin bread made the sweet treat irresistible. My mom had a small baking business, and Mizzou fans always loved this treat as a cute way to celebrate football games. 

We usually make this recipe in a bundt cake (

which looks precious

), but I thought putting it in individual mason jars would be perfect for fall! Not only are mason jars super cute and trendy, but it makes it easy to give out as gifts. By adding a little bit of ribbon to the jars, it's the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your friends and family. 

I have to confess, when my mom and I make this, we use her homemade pumpkin bread recipe. To make it easier on y'all, I would suggest just buying a boxed version. Because I make the homemade version, I'm not sure how much the boxed kind will make. I halved our recipe for pumpkin bread, and there was still enough left over to make a small loaf of the bread. When layering, use your best judgment for how much to add on each layer. I added measurements as a guideline, but it really just depends on how large your mason jars (

or other containers

) are and how full you want them to be! You can see from the picture above how much batter I layered in the jars, and it actually was a little bit too much! Unfortunately, the cakes fell after I took them out of the oven, but they were still at the brim or over. 

Before baking the cakes, I wanted to make sure it would be safe to bake in the mason jars. One recommendation was to place the jars in a baking dish filled with hot water. I started off doing that, but when I saw the batter overflowing into the water, I decided to switch them onto a cookie sheet. The water will definitely change the way the cakes bake, but if you're afraid of baking in mason jars, that may be a good route to go!

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what your favorite fall recipe is in the comments below!