If you’re looking for a creative way to serve individual cakes, look no further than this Cake in a Jar recipe idea! It’s as simple as layering colorful cake and frosting into a mason jar for one cute and delicious dessert!
You might remember me sharing this Cake in a Jar idea a few years ago as part of my caticorn inspired party. I loved these little mason jar cakes so much that I thought they deserved their own post.
You know an idea or a recipe is a good one when you come across it again several years later and you look at it with the same joy and delight. (I will admit I snacked on those cakes for a couple days after the photo shoot.)
How to Make Cake in a Jar:
As you’ll see in the recipe below, Cake in a Jar is simple to make. I used box cake mix because I think it works just as nicely. The trick is to bake the cake in sheet pans to ensure a thin layer of cake. This will allow you to layer more cake in your jars.
Alternatively, you can use your favorite homemade cake recipe. It will work the same way.
With the cake baked and cooled, use a round cookie cutter (the size that fits into your mason jars) and cut out rounds of cake.
Because it’s my favorite, I used my go-to cream cheese frosting for this recipe. I highly recommend homemade frosting over store-bought. The homemade version is simple to make, and the flavor is a hundred times better.
The theme of this party was all about being yourself so I had a lot of fun with the colors in my cake and frosting. I even added sprinkles! You can use different colors depending on your event or celebration.
Once the cake and frosting are prepared, layer the rounds of cut cake in your mason jars. After each layer of cake, pipe or spread a layer of frosting. Shake some sprinkles on the frosting for pizzazz.
Continue layering until you reach the top of the jar. Then cover with a lid.
As you can tell, I got creative with my jar lids. I added a bit of whimsy with a colorful cat-adorned lid. (More details on how I made the jars can be found here.)
However, an unpainted mason jar lid could be just as beautiful. Tie off the jar with twine for a rustic touch.
With that, your mason jar cakes are ready. Not only are they cute and delicious, but they are easy to pack and transport. In fact, they’d make a delightful dessert for a summer picnic!
Whatever you do with it, this Cake in a Jar idea is a fun and clever way to serve cake. With plenty of cake flavors, frosting recipes, and styles of jars to choose from, you can let your creativity run wild.
Use my recipe below as a guide; then have fun with your own creations!
Cake in a Jar Recipe:
makes 24 mason jar cakes
Here's what you will need:
2 boxes of cake mix (I used funfetti.)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons milk
Begin by preparing both cake mixes according to the package directions. Add food coloring to each of the prepared batters to achieve the desired color. (I used teal gel food coloring.) Bake the cakes in two greased and floured half sheet pans. Follow package directions for baking. You'll know the cakes are done if a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
In the meantime, prepare your frosting. With an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, cream cheese, and salt for about three minutes or until smooth. Then, one cup at a time, add the confections sugar, mixing between each addition. Next, add the milk until the desired consistency is reached. (More powdered sugar may be added to thicken the frosting.) Finally, beat in the food coloring until the desired color is achieved.
After both sheet cakes have cooled, cut out cake rounds from each. Use a round cookie cutter that is the same size as your mason jar (about 2 1/2 inches in diameter) to cut out the rounds. You will need need a total of 72 rounds (3 rounds per mason jar).
Begin by layering the cake rounds and frosting in the mason jars. Start with a cake round, then frosting and sprinkles and then another cake round and more frosting and sprinkles. Finish off with a third cake round. Top with your cat-ified mason jar lid to complete.
Want more Mason Jar Desserts? Try these:
- Mason Jar Blueberry Pie
- Strawberry Rhubarb Mason Jar Cobbler
- Mason Jar Cherry Supreme
- Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes
- Mixed Berry Shortcakes in a Mason Jar
I hope you enjoy my recipe for cake in a jar! Give this a try and let me know what you think. Happy Baking!