I love that you can take an ordinary jar and bring it to life! A fun thing to do is to combine different orange-colored candies inside the jars with the cake and buttercream to create different flavors and textures. - Duff

  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt

  • 1¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger

  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • ⅓ cup whole buttermilk, at room temperature

  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

  • ⅔ cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 3 cups buttercream frosting

  • 10 (8-oz.) wide-mouth jars with lids

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch square pan, and line with parchment paper; grease parchment. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a large bowl; set aside.

  2. Whisk together pumpkin, oil and sugars in a separate bowl. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Whisk in buttermilk and vanilla. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; whisk until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  3. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes; transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely. Cut into 1-inch cubes.

  4. Spoon or pipe ¼-inch frosting in bottom of each jar. Top each with 4 cake cubes, lightly pressing together. Repeat layers until jar is filled ½-inch below rim, finishing with frosting. Seal jars. Draw jack-o’-lantern faces on jars with permanent marker (or cut and paste black construction-paper shapes). Store in fridge up to 1 week.