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Jar Cake Makes Perfect Gift

Today, we get to try two of my favorite things, snacks and crafts, all in one. Doesn’t get much better than that. What’s fun about this snack craft, aside from the fact that when it’s done you get to stuff it in your face, is that you can make any kind of cupcake you want. Then, with embellishments you can fit any theme. Tuck one in a gift bag for teachers, bridal showers, baby showers, or colleagues for holidays or any other occasion!

 Plus, it’s ridiculously easy.

 Jar Cake gift

How To Make Jar Cake

For this craft-snack, you’ll need: 

A cake mix (or a cake recipe) 


Icing bag with wide tip

Small mason jars with wide mouths

Embellishments of your choice (paper, stickers, ribbon, even forks in coordinating colors)


Start by running the jars through the dishwasher to make sure they are clean. Spray the inside of each jar with Baker’s Joy or other flour containing spray. Alternatively, grease and flour each jar. My laziness becomes quickly apparent. Set aside. 

PrimeParentsClub Jar Cake RecipeHeat oven according to box or recipe. Make the cake batter as directed. Fill each jar less than half full. You can see from the pictures that the standard 2/3 full for cupcake tins will give you gigantic, overflowing cupcakes, and will waste all that delicious, moist cake. Really, underfill those babies. Pop them in the oven and set the time as directed for cupcakes. Ensure the cakes are done by using the toothpick test. Slide a toothpick into the center of a cake; if it comes out clean, your cakes are done. 

Place each jar on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. If you’re like me, and you never wait for them to cool, you will kick yourself. Let them cool. Remember, they are going to be delightful little gifts; we don’t want a melted and congealed mass of icing inside our pretty little jars. If you must, walk away. 

When they are totally cool, ice, ice baby. An easy way to do this is to use a can with a tip already on it. I’m not a huge fan of the flavor and I like to make my own. Barring that, scoop prepared icing into a decorating bag or baggie. If using the decorator tip, any simple design will PrimeParentsClub Jar Cake do. With the baggie, force the icing into a corner and snip off a small portion of the bag. Press all the air out and, while twisting the top of the bag, push icing out of the bag and into the jar. Using a big tip will make this job go faster. 

Add a dash or two of sprinkles or other cake decoration for kicks, if you desire. Make sure to keep icing below the threads of the jar, so that the top won’t smoosh your work. I used an apple corer to remove the center from a cupcake to add more sugary deliciousness, I mean frosting.

Finally, seal each jar with its lid and decorate the jars. Here I simply tied tulle ribbon around the jars in matching color and secured a white plastic fork to each jar. You could use twine, ribbon or even uninflated balloons to add color. Print circle stickers with a party theme or a baby name and apply them to the side or top of the jar. Use food coloring to change the color of a white cake or to make a different color frosting.

So many ways to play with your food! 

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I'm a Pittsburgh transplant in Tulsa, OK, where I live with my husband of 17 years and our 3 wild things. They are 14, 12 and 8. I keep my feet, fingers and head busy running, crafting and writing. My first book, "Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo," is available on amazon and b&n.


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  2. Jen

    June 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

    These are 3.5 inches, they were the best I could find without running to several different stores. They used to be available in the food storage section of my grocery store, but now I find I have to check different places. I prefer the wide mouth jars, but these worked just fine. I found these at Garden Ridge.

  3. christin

    June 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Very cute! What size are those jars? They look a bit smaller than the regular canning jars in the picture. Can you buy these jars somewhere easily?

  4. Prime Parents' Club

    June 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

    It would be fun to layer cake flavors/colors (like chocolate and vanilla cakes) so that you get a striped effect when looking at the outside of the jar.

    • Jen

      June 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

      There are so many ways to customize, and super easy to do. Send pictures if you do it. Would love to see.

  5. Jacqueline Wilson

    June 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

    This is such a cute idea. It would make great party favors for a smaller brunch or kids’ party. Also, it would be fun at a kids’ party to bake them and then let the kids decorate their own. Thanks for sharing!

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