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:


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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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?

Ooey Gooey Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies

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I think if you know me, and read this blog, you know that I love pie.

Cream pie, banana pie, chocolate peanut butter pie (my true favorite), and then there’s the one fruit pie I’ve learned to love the most over the years – Raspberry Pie. My mom used to make a raspberry pie from scratch – kneading and rolling and using cookie cutters – with her floured elbows, floured turtleneck, and raspberry stains. I can still taste it after all of these years.

With my love of pie, and the kids’ fierce love of raspberries, (they can decimate an entire pint in five minutes flat) I hid two pints away in the vegetable drawer of the fridge so that I could brainstorm my new idea – mini pies. Hand pies. Bite-sized pies filled with tart and sweet fruit, and not much else. Raspberries were my first choice because they’re in season here, and they remind me so much of my mom’s homemade raspberry pie (hint to you, Mom) and then I decided that peeled apples would be a great addition as well. They bake wonderfully and will retain just the slightest amount of crispness, but will mostly just melt into the ooey gooey raspberry/sugar concoction. Did I mention the ooey gooey raspberry/sugar concoction? It’s messy!

Luckily for me, I have NEW ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges. And luckily for all of us, I have a recipe for these delicious little pies. Call them hand pies. Call them mini pies. I personally call them pocket pies. Just call them delicious!

Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies!

Ooey Gooey Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 pocket pies

Ooey Gooey Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies

These are messy, yummy, tart, sweet, party-friendly, kid-friendly, sponge-friendly, and all around awesome! Try them with your fruit of choice.


  • Circle/Star/Heart/etc. cookie cutters
  • 1 package ready-made pie crust or your best homemade pie crust recipe
  • 1 large egg, beaten in a bowl
  • 12 ounces (2 packages) raspberries
  • 1 large apple, peeled
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, diced apples, and vanilla extract and blend together evenly
  4. Lightly flour a cutting board or other large surface and unroll your pie crusts
  5. Cut a round circle of dough, brush with egg, and top with your fruit/sugar mixture
  6. Then cut out a second circle and press firmly around the edges to seal the two circles into one hand or pocket pie
  7. Use a fork for decorations and to make sure it's sealed
  8. Keep going until you run out of dough completely
  9. Brush the tops of your pies with egg and bake for 20 minutes or until golden
  10. Let cool and serve

It’s time to be photo-bombed by pie photos!


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Now let’s talk about cleanup. It’s always wonderful to be able to create delicious meals and desserts without worrying about the cleanup. Thanks to ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges, we clean our dishes without scratching surfaces. Pie is messy!

hand pie

The ocelo scrub sponges come in teal, lemon, mango, and lime colors.


ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges are great for cleaning non-stick cookware and bathroom tile, and they scrub our kitchen and bathroom surfaces without any scratching at all. My pie recipe is so messy as is, and I’m not the most organized person in the world, so I’m not sure I’d be able to make my pocket pies without ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges there to help clean.

And if you’re wondering if it’s possible to get really excited about a sponge, just ask Cassidy how often I add them to the shopping list, just because I don’t think you can ever have enough. We have messy kids and pets. Maybe I’m the messy one!

And maybe you’re wondering where to get these wonderful ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges? Target, of course.

Otherwise known as one of my favorite places.

In the Kitchen Cleaning aisle!

I think you know now that I’m a domestic work in progress. I’ve had to outsource a lot of tasks over the years, or I’ve watched as Cassidy has taken over. No more! When I buy cleaning products myself, and use them, I truly appreciate the ones that work the best for me. I may not be the neatest person in the world, but I think a clean bathroom and a clean kitchen are key.

They are probably my cleaning priorities.

So whether you’re a parent, a college kid, buying your first house, or pretty much going through any walk of life, check these out. They may even help you to be more adventurous in the kitchen like I’ve been being! My first hand pies were a success!

What messy meal do you love to make? Save $0.50 off one ocelo Scrub Sponge Multi-pack!

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