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 the 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 week because I didn’t have a great morning, and I’m recovering.
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 post these (not make them – I made them years ago) for Memorial Day, but couldn’t get my act together. Maternity leave and all.
Patriotic 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
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 – Lastly, 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.
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.