Chocolate Cupcakes in a Jar

Recently, I’ve been dreaming up lots of delicious and creative combinations for variations on Cupcakes in a Jar.  The first ones I made last year were Chocolate with Vanilla Frosting, then I made Red, White and Blue for the 4th of July, delicious Orange Creamsicle, and then simple Halloween Cupcakes in a Jar.   But when it came down to it and I had some time to make some this week,  what did I make… chocolate!  Not super creative or original, but oh so delicious!  Sorry, but given the choice I’ll always choose chocolate… and if you can add the word “double” in there (as in “double chocolate”), then I’m really all in!  So that’s what I have for you today, Double Chocolate Cupcakes in a jar.

I used my favorite Chocolate Cupcake Recipe and Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Of course these could be made with any combination of box mixes, or recipes.

How to make Cupcakes in a Jar ~

Bake cupcakes as directed by the recipe, using paper liners.  Cool cupcakes, remove paper liners, and slice cupcakes in half (horizontally).

Prepare frosting as directed.  For easy (and pretty) assembly, fill a large piping bag with frosting (or a large ziplock bag, with the end cut off).

Layer cupcake halves and frosting in 8 oz jars (I usually buy mine at Wal-Mart, also available on-line at The Jar Store).  Each jar will have 3 cupcake halves (or 1 1/2 cupcakes).

Serve open, or top with the lid for travel or gift giving.  Store, covered with lids, in the refrigerator up to 3 days (maybe longer, but I can never seem to wait!).  Best when eaten at room temperature.

In my mind, Double Chocolate Cupcakes could be considered medicinal, under certain circumstances… so feel free to save a few toward the back of your fridge to use “as needed”, or share with a friend in need  =)

I’m also excited to add that my cupcakes in a jar are featured in this weeks Women’s World Magazine!  Below is a peek of the magazine and the (full page!) article featuring my photos and recipe suggestions.  The issue is on stands now, and is marked as the May 28th edition.  And yes, I know that magazine covers often share quite conflicting headings.   I’m not sure these cupcakes will help you get “slim” even while drinking tea… but you could try to enjoy them while running in place!

Happy Baking!


  1. what a fantastic idea! the look delicious.

  2. Thank you for once again coming to the rescue. My daughter and I failed to communicate once again! She said she wanted “butterfly” cupcakes. I envisioned cupcakes with pudding and wings made out of the cupcake. She envisioned sparkly butterflies and flowers. We came to this understanding at 7:30 the day before she wants her cupcakes for her entire classroom!!!! I showed her these cupcakes and asked if it would be ok to change the jar to the plastic “crystal” cups (no glass jars for 25 4th graders!). She is now over the moon. Thank you once again!!

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  8. Will these stay fresh if sent overseas

  9. Hi! What are your tips for getting the cupcakes in the jar so cleanly? I am getting frosting all over the inside of the jar! Lol :)

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