4th of July Cake in a Jar

This 4th of July Cake in a Jar is fun and Patriotic!! Easy to make ,and kids and adults will love them! Made with pre-made cupcakes, or make from scratch.

Guys, I think I’m experiencing character growth because I’m posting a holiday recipe weeks before the holiday.

Usually I don’t even think of them until the week before and I’ll post something wonderful, like Pound Cake Easter Eggs, but I’ll do it the night before. If I’m feeling generous, two nights before. So then it’s all, “Here’s a fantastic recipe, but the stores are already filled to the brim with holiday shoppers and you’ll never pull this off in time. Good luck!” Yeah, not this time. I’ve got ya. I’m feeling rather generous this Monday because I didn’t have a great weekend, and I’m recovering.

Not even worth a paragraph. Not vague-blogging. We’re all fine. We all like each other. Just not the best time!

This, however, is the best time:

Cake in a jar

There are a few things I love about my cake in a jar recipe, and not just how PRETTY it is. It’s that once you learn how to make cake in a jar, that sort of opens up your repertoire for similar recipes. You can make them for any season in any color. Rainbows! Valentines! Birthdays! Whatever. Mason jar cake recipes are pretty much always timely. Kid parties. Graduations. Whatever. I know you get the point. And I was going to make these for Memorial Day, but couldn’t get my act together.

This 4th of July Cake in a Jar is fun and Patriotic!! Easy to make ,and kids and adults will love them! Made with pre-made cupcakes, or make from scratch.

I often Google easy 4th of July desserts, but I often do that the night before. This way you can be prepared early. And remember, red, white and blue desserts are timely several times a year, AND, you don’t have to save these for red, white and blue. Make them any color and any time! You’ve totally got this. July 4th dessert ideas, usable ANYTIME. And how.

4th of July Cake in a Jar:

Ingredients:

5 Red Cupcakes, unfrosted
5 Blue Cupcakes, unfrosted
4 Glass Jars, approximately ½ pint size
1 Container White Frosting
Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles, assorted

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Instructions:

1 – First crumble up the blue cupcakes into a bowl. Crumble up the red cupcakes and put those in a separate bowl.

2 – Put some of the white frosting into a small piping bag or a small plastic baggie with the corner cut off.

3 – Take a jar and put a layer of blue cake crumbles in the bottom. My layer was about an inch thick.

4 – Take the frosting and pipe a thick line around the edges of the blue cake crumbles. Make sure you are pressing the frosting against the glass edge as you are going around.

5 – Add a layer of the red cake crumbles next – about an inch thick.

6 – Pipe another thick line of frosting around the edges of the red cake, again making sure you are touching the glass.

7 – Add another layer of blue crumbles, then a frosting line, and another layer of red crumbles.

8 – Now pipe a full layer of frosting over the top of the cake so it’s completely covered. You should be right about at the top rim of the jar.

9 – Sprinkle the patriotic sprinkles over the top.

10 – Repeat steps 3-9 for the remaining jars.

*Note: I prepared a white cake mix and divided the batter equally and colored half blue and half red. Bake cupcakes according to the package.

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What do you think of these, as far as 4th of July desserts go? Are you often looking for easy patriotic desserts? Have you ever made cake in a jar? So many probing questions! Ultimately, these are meant to be enjoyed, and I think they rock.

This 4th of July Cake in a Jar is fun and Patriotic!! Easy to make ,and kids and adults will love them! Made with pre-made cupcakes, or make from scratch.

How far in advance would you prefer to read a holiday or seasonal recipe?

Stunning Watermelon Whoopie Pies

These Watermelon Whoopie Pies are stunning, and are the perfect summer treat for ANY occasion. Think summer dessert, think summer party, & think watermelon!

I don’t even really know what to say, other than this: Watermelon Whoopie Pies.

Stunning ones too! Whoopie pies will always make me think of my baker friend, Jennie. She shared a video on Facebook years ago of her then toddler asking for “More whoopie pies.” He was sounding out his words so beautifully because he really wanted whoopie pies! “Mo’ whoopie pies!” Whoopie pies also make me think of my friend, Matt, because one day we got up before dawn to drive to Vermont.. just to drive to Vermont. We had partied hard the night before (which in both of our cases just requires hardcore talking and staying up late while everyone else dabbles in other things) and I was so tired I could barely drive. I was 20-something, though. Nothing could stop me from driving to Vermont and seeing lots of cows.

We got incredible peanut butter chocolate whoopie pies from a roadstand gas station type thing. Exquisite and messy.

I’ll be back to the blog late tonight or early tomorrow for Finish the Sentence Friday. That’s right. Finishing up my blog game strong! Oh, and there will be some awesome bug spray tips thrown in the mix too. For now, it’s all about the recipe:

Watermelon Whoopie Pies:

Ingredients:

For the cakes:
1 stick butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 drop violet gel food coloring
3 drops red gel food coloring
3 drops Kelly green gel food coloring
Black frosting, for decorating

For the filling:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 sticks butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract

Yields: 8-10 whoopie pies

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Instructions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2 – With an electric mixer, start beating your butter, sugar, egg and vanilla on medium speed. Gradually increase to high until creamy.

3 – In a medium-sized bowl, sift together all of your dry ingredients. In thirds, add them to your wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk.

4 – Once all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined, divide the batter into 2 bowls. Color each one – one bowl of batter will be the red and purple, the other green.

5 – Use frosting bags to pipe each colored batter onto your lined baking sheet, about 2 inches in diameter. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

6 – Prepare your buttercream by beating butter, sugar, milk and vanilla on medium speed. Gradually increase the speed to high. The buttercream is ready once it forms stiff peaks.

7 – Assemble by spreading the buttercream on the bottom of one green cake. Sandwich the buttercream by placing a pink cake on top. Decorate with black frosting by drawing out “watermelon seeds” on the pink side of the whoopie pie.

These Watermelon Whoopie Pies are stunning, and are the perfect summer treat for ANY occasion. Think summer dessert, think summer party, & think watermelon!

These Watermelon Whoopie Pies are stunning, and are the perfect summer treat for ANY occasion. Think summer dessert, think summer party, & think watermelon!

How badly do you want to make these?

These Watermelon Whoopie Pies are stunning, and are the perfect summer treat for ANY occasion. Think summer dessert, think summer party, & think watermelon!