Sweetness Contained {Cupcakes in a Jar}

There are a couple popular techniques that can elevate simple dessert into something extra special.  One trick is putting sweets on a stick.. cookies, cake pops, rice krispies treats and even mini pies somehow are much cuter on a stick!  And it seems the same can be said of putting special treats in a jar… it can turn a simple cupcake, for example, into an extra adorable treat, perfect to take on a picnic, give as a party favor, or as a sweet thank you to a teacher, co-worker or friend.

I’ve been seeing lots of beautiful treats in jars… cheesecake in a jar, cupcakes in a jar and even homemade cake mix in a jar.  Everything it seems, looks better in a jar!

So, I recently headed to Wal-Mart and bought myself a case of 1/2 pint canning jars.  Then I whipped up a batch of our household favorite… Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

I baked the cupcakes as I normally would, using cupcake liners in a regular sized muffin pan.  Then, after the cupcakes were baked and cooled, I removed the liners and cut the cupcakes in half (horizontally).  I placed a half cupcake in the bottom of a jar, piped a swirl of frosting, added another half cupcake, more icing, a third slice of cupcake and a final swirl of icing.  So each jar contains 1 and 1/2 cupcakes.  I would suggest being slightly stingy on the icing, or the amount of icing may overpower the cupcakes, but it comes down to personal preference too!

Make someone’s day with a special treat in a jar!

I’m adding this post to Tidy Mom’s- I’m lovin it Friday post.


  1. They are the cutest ~ most delicious looking cupcakes EVER!!!!

  2. These are super cute! I just want to eat cupcakes and sweets every time I read your blog! Yum!
    Love you!

  3. I love these so very much! The contrast is BEAUTIFUL!

  4. how cute and I can already see myself decorating the jar lid and the jar itself…twine, papers, oh la la I'm thinking I'll be picking up some jars for myself tomorrow! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration 😀

  5. I love these! I bought myself jars a couple of weeks ago for this express purpose, now I just have to execute!!

  6. Yummy and very cute! ♥♫

  7. so cute! thanks for the how to :)

  8. Did I ever mention my fascination with all things mason jar related? Had to post on EdibleCrafts.CraftGossip.com

  9. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! What is it about putting something in a cute little package that we love? What a fun treat that can travel to someone's house without getting damaged too!

  10. I make these too! I use a sheet pan to bake the cake and then a 2 1/2 inch round cutter to cut out the perfect layers. I've made Pina Colada by adding some rum flavoring to the frosting as well as a layer of crushed pineapple. Another good one is Dreamsicle where you pour dissolved orange jello over warm orange cake and layer with vanilla frosting. BTW, the cake cuts easier if you refrigerate it first :o)

  11. Soo cute!!! What a great idea! Thank you!

  12. Love, Love, Love! I hope you will bake a red velvet cake and share the recipe and photos with us.

    Beth of Sacramento :-)

  14. Sooooo adorable. I'm just going to have to give these a try! Thanks for sharing your fun idea!

  15. this is so cute, I'm sooo making my own version of this, thanks for the idea!

  16. I've never seen that before. I guess to make any dessert, the thing is to do individual servings. These are adorable. Plus you get way more frosting per cupcake – and I like that!

  17. Very fun and stylish.

  18. What an amazing and fun idea! I think it would be great fun to eat my cupcake out of this little jar. So cute I could eat it up with a spoon! LOL

  19. I LOVE this!! I mean, how great is this when transporting cupcakes?!! Plus, your are right, there is something about the cuteness of a jar. I'm definitely doing this very soon!!

  20. This would be the perfect way for kids to take home cake from a birthday party and do double duty as a goody bag – I will shamelessly steal this idea, but if anyone asks, I'll tell them Glory told me about it! Bravo!

  21. Oh wow, I've been toying with baking cake in jars lately, but this is just reeaaallly freaking cute! Must try it!

  22. Such a beautiful jar of yummmmm! I love chocolate & cream cheese together too! :0)

  23. Found this thru The Tom Kat Studio on fb!! Posted the link on our fb page. THANK YOU!!

  24. These are absolutely adorable! I think these jars are the new-thing. Love it! And the color pairing? Totally awesome!

  25. This is great! Would make a perfect gift.

  26. I've been making these for about a year for special events and people absolutely love them. They think it's such a wonderful idea and something they typically haven't seen before. And if you're shipping cupcakes – this keeps them intact!

  27. Love this! So pretty and delicious ~ a combo that I am quite fond of :)

  28. I love this idea! I've seen it before, but you remind me of the fact that this would be a great gift for someone who, I'm sure, will absolutely love these…and it's her birthday soon!

  29. I made these today as gifts! Thanks for the great idea!! http://www.maiabees.com/2011/06/cupcakes-in-jar.html

  30. Just did key lime pie topped with merengue in jars b/c I saw this. Too stinkin' cute. Thanks so much for the idea.

  31. You can just bake the cupcake directly in the jar…

  32. I found your blog via YoungHouseLove and I adore these! I'm having a BBQat the end of the month in honor of our little boy who was born 6/17, and I'm really thinking I'll layer either light blue frosting and white cake, or white frosting and light blue cake. Thank you so much for the inspiration! (:

  33. Has anyone ever tried this and frozen these to use later? I was thinking of making these for teachers birthdays to be delivered on their birthday by making up one batch at a time.

  34. Any idea how long these would keep?
    I'm thinking of doing them for Xmas but I have to ship most of my Xmas gifts.


  35. Melanie- I'm not sure how long they last, and don't have any experience shipping them, although I've considered it. I've kept them up to 3 days in the fridge and they're still great, but I haven't tried any longer… they are always eaten by then!

  36. Where can I find or buy these jars?

  37. @Anonymous- As I mentioned in the post, I bought the jars at Wal-Mart. I have also found them at the grocery store.

  38. I love !! J'adore !

  39. Im doing this.. but im thinking bananna pudding for the fourth and carrot cake for thanksgiving lol.

  40. Hi there.

    Did u use a muffin case on a muffin tray or a cupcake case on a muffin tray?


  41. Such an adorable idea!!! Love it!

    I featured your cupcakes on my blog today, come check it out! :)

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  43. May I please know the font you used for this site? Thank you.

  44. Ooooh…. I’m keeping this in mind for possible teachers’ day gifts for my little one!

  45. I like these they are soo cute! this is going to sound really silly but isnt it hard to eat them from the jar? is it more of a naw it looks cute” sort of thing but isn’t all that practical?

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  50. Have you tried to freeze or perhaps even ship to family or friends?


    • Hi Cynthia, I’ve yet to try it, but I do think it would likely work well. Of course you’d need to send it packed with some cold packs and such to keep them cool as possible. I might start by sending it to someone in your general area of the country, so it might get there in 2 days or so, and then ask them if they were still cold, etc. For that matter you could do a test run and not actually ship them at all… just freeze them, pack it in a box, and leave it on your back porch for 2-3 days, then open it and see how they look.

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