Halloween Cupcakes in a Jar

I am just home from an 8 day trip through the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.  My trip included lots of cookie decorating, meeting with “internet friends”, and so much chatting that by the end of the week I had no voice!  I’ll look forward to sharing some of the details of my trip very soon, but for today I’ll share these fun and simple Halloween Cupcakes in a jar.

If you’ve been around (Glorious Treats) for any time you may have figured out that I like (maybe love!) desserts in a jars!  First there were the cute and simple Chocolate Cupcakes in a jar, then festive 4th of July Cupcakes in a jar, followed by Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes in a jar, and recently Pumpkin Pecan Dessert in a jar.

Layering cupcakes or desserts in a jar is such a great way to add some pizazz to an individual serving of dessert.  They make great gifts or party favors and are easy to transport… what’s not to love?  Each time I post a treat in a jar I get questions as to where I buy my jars (even though I do mention it in each post)… I usually buy my jars at Wal-Mart or my local grocery store.  I’m sure you could also buy them on-line.  These cupcakes are layered in 1/2 pint canning jars.

Halloween Cupcakes in a Jar

Directions ~

1.  Bake Chocolate cupcakes (here’s my favorite Chocolate Cupcake Recipe) in standard sized paper liners.

2.  Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, remove paper liner, and cut cupcakes in half (horizontally).

3.  Prepare a batch of frosting (I used my Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting), and color the frosting as desired (in this case, orange).  Fill a piping bag fitted with a large tip (I used a Wilton 1M) 2/3 full with icing.  You could also simply fill (2/3 full) a large ziplock type bag, and cut off one corner.

4.  Layer the cupcakes and frosting in clean jars, starting with a cupcake half, then frosting, until there are three layers of cupcake, and three layers of frosting.

5.  Top with sprinkles if desired.  Serve jars open, or top with lid.

As with most baked goods, these are best the day they are made, but can be stored (covered with lids) at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If you’re using the recipes I’ve linked above you’ll be able to make about 16 jars.

These cupcakes were featured in the beautiful fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine, available as a paper copy for purchase (here), or veiw the full magazine on-line (here) (find these cupcakes on page 36).

Happy Baking!


  1. Looks great 😀 I want to try to do it

  2. The photos in this post are great, love the web mat.

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  4. Gorgeous! And now that I know what im missing when you say vanilla cream cheese…well frankly. I'm hungry! I hope you're rested up. I missed you yesterday during my wait.

  5. They are so pretty and festive, I LOVE them!

  6. I love this and cant wait to try it! I do have a question. Is the direction to cut the cupcake in half correct. Your pictures appear to be 3 layers of cupcake. If you cut the cupcake in half, there should only be 2 layers of cupcake. Did I miss something?

  7. @rowejones- There are three halfs in each jar, or a total of 1 1/2 cupcakes per jar.

  8. These are beautiful! I didn't realize you were going to be in Arkansas. I was there this past weekend. Hope you had a great trip.

  9. These are so cute! Perfect for Halloween!

  10. Glory these are adorable treats in a jar, and as always your photography is perfect!

    I love seeing your creations everyday!


  11. I have been making the cupcakes in a jar for teacher birthdays. They love it. 12 cupcakes makes 8 jars. I freeze them until the actual day of the birthday. I take the jar out of the freezer that morning, decorate it up, and put in a gift bag with a spoon. I usually deliver a couple of summer birthday teachers on the same day as the other deliveries until my 8 jars are gone then I make another batch. This way none of my jars are in the freezer very long.

  12. These look awesome! I'd love to eat one right now!! Once again, your photography is wonderful!

  13. Such pretty photos, Glory! I LOVE this idea. I want to be you when I grow up. Also, I never knew that going to Tennessee would make reading your blog painful. Because now I know what those cupcakes taste like, and I want one right now! :)

  14. I love these in a jar look beautiful! gloria

  15. I had to go back and see ALL of the "Desserts in a Jar" and I loved every one of them.

    But where do you get your jars?

    Your work amazes me … a not-so-big-time baker. Thanks.


  16. Simply brilliant and beautiful!

  17. Beautiful cupcakes. I've been making cupcakes in jars ever since your first post. They are just so pretty. I loved seeing the photos from Glory and Pam of your cookie camp adventure. It looked like you guys had such a great time. I loved that in every single photo (even one when you were far in the background) you have this gorgeous, outgoing smile on your face. Glad your back and can't wait to hear more about what you learned and about the adventure with the gals!

  18. Love the look! I'd love to try the taste too:) Who doesn't love their very own dessert in a jar?!? Congrats on the magazine feature!!!

  19. These are so visually pretty and I bet they taste ten times better…can you Fed Ex me one :)-

  20. Oh Glory, how I wish I had a spoon and that cupcake in person!!! :)

  21. you make the coolest looking treats !!!

  22. Looks great, bet you had fun making this. I'd love to try this. Love the photos.

  23. Great idea and beautiful photo, Glory. Now that I've eaten your famous cupcakes, I'm going to make them this week. Yum!

  24. lovely idea, and lovely pictures!!

  25. Awsome !! Cant wait to try the idea!!

  26. These look gorgeous, Glory!!! I have to try them soon…

  27. These are awesome, I'm featuring them on my blog tomorrow http://www.trilogyedibles.com!

  28. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing this one.

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  31. I love this idea, though crafty in other ways, I would have never come up with this….so thank you soooo much for sharing this!!! You are amazing.

  32. I think that I’m not getting your feed in my reader anymore….I seem to have missed about 5 of your latest posts except the krispies! Weird!

    Anyway these are adorable!

    • These are from last year, so they wouldn’t be in your current reader… but please keep an eye out and let me know if you aren’t getting my others. Thanks!

  33. What a great idea for a party. I will be making these soon.

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  37. I was just wondering if these could be made, frozen and mailed
    from Calif to Utah? I know you can freeze cake and frosting but what about together? I do make the all butter butter cream.

  38. I wanted to know what size jar is that???

    • Hi Monique, These are 1/2 pint (8 oz) standard mouth canning jars. I usually buy them at Wal-Mart, but I can often find them at my local grocery store too.

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  43. Do you have to boil the jars before using them?

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