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. 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.

  2. 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?

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

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

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

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

  6. Hi there.

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


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

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