Cupcakes in a Jar make giving your favorite treat that much easier and prettier! We created these red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, decorated them with valentine themed sprinkles, and tied a wooden spoon around the rim with some baker’s twine. Packaged and ready to give. These are the Valentine’s Day gifts my kids will be giving their teachers this year.
Here is what we did…
Heart shaped stamped spoons:
We wanted to add a wooden spoon to each jar to make it easy to just open up and eat. Using our wooden spoons, antique typewriter rubber stamp set, and some pink ink, we stamped little hearts along the bottom of each spoon. We created two patterns, a single pink heart and an ombre effect using 3 different shades of pink.
Red Velvet Cake:
I have to admit that my favorite recipe for red velvet cake comes from a box. Yes, in my opinion, Duncan Hines makes the best mix and it always comes out light, fluffy, delicious and is a beautiful vibrant red color. I do however make my own cream cheese frosting. For the cake, just simply follow the instructions on the box and bake in any type of cake pan. Once baked, just cut up the cake into small enough pieces that will fit through the jar.
Here is my go to recipe for the frosting. If you follow the steps you will get a thick and decadent frosting.
Partystock’s Ultimate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:
1/2 cup of room temperature butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups of sifted confectioner’s sugar (also called icing sugar) – if you find your end result is not as thick as you would like, just add more icing sugar as needed, 1/2 cup at a time
8 ounces of room temperature full fat cream cheese frosting
Using an electric mixer or hand mixer, combine the first four ingredients and mix well until smooth. You now slow down the speed of your mixer and add the cream cheese. Don’t over mix, but just make sure the cream cheese is incorporated and you have a smooth texture. This last process should only take about 45-60 seconds. And there you have it! A thick and beautiful frosting that is perfect for any cake or cupcake. This recipe will make you about 6-8 cupcake jars depending on how much frosting you use, but it can easily be doubled if you need more. If you’ve made too much, you can freeze the rest in an air tight container and the next time you need it, just let the frosting get to room temperature before using it.
Assembling the Cupcakes in a Jar:
Using our 8 ounce square mason jars, start by pressing in a piece of cake. This piece just has to be big enough to fit through the jar, but you will be pressing down the cake with your fingers and forming it to the shape of your jar. After the first layer of cake, you pipe a layer of frosting using any tip you like. Then add another layer of cake (each cake layer will measure about 1.5 inches thick). You then top off with a pretty swirl of frosting and decorate with sixlets, edible pearls, or any type of sprinkles.
Once your cupcake jars are complete, you can close them off with a regular lid or one of our lined daisy mason jar lids. You then tie on the wooden spoon with some baker’s twine wrapped around the rim of the jar.
There you have it, a perfect treat to serve at a party or to give away as a favor or gift. Super simple, pretty and delicious!
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Happy Baking and Happy Party Planning!