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Cupcakes in a Jar and Other Fun Cupcake Ideas

Updated on July 8, 2021
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

Tutorials and photos courtesy of cakies
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Baking cupcakes on a whole new level.

How would you like to have your cupcake and eat it too? Ok, I know it's not cupcake, but it's close enough. I dare to say that most people, especially children, love sweets. I know I do. The first thing that draws my attention is the presentation of the sweets - the "eye candy" is attractive and I can't wait to taste it. I especially like cupcakes because they are compact and easy to handle. Cupcakes are also an individual's dream, i.e., they are that perfect personal snack. There is less guilty pleasure in a cupcake than eating an entire cake. Cupcakes are versatile and easily customizable and kid friendly. You might as well call them "CupKids." To make cupcakes a little less fattening you may replace some ingredients with pudding, cottage cheese, or citrus juice. Here are some really great cupcake ideas that some of you might not have thought of - Cupcakes in a Jar. You might be thinking by now, are you kidding me? No, I'm not kidding you. After you see these pictures you will run out to purchase the necessary items you need to make these unusual delights. You'll be baking cupcakes on a whole new level. Cupcakes in a jar and the other ideas I am about to share are great alternatives to the traditional birthday cake and other celebration treats. Enjoy!

How-to video on making cupcakes and buttercream icing from Video includes how to frost your cupcakes too.

I recommend viewing the entire video.

You'll need pint or 1/2 pint mason jars. Notice I specified the wide mouth jars so you can fit your spoon in and eat. Also, tiny hands can fit into the jars, i.

Now that your cupcakes are made, layering them in a jar is a snap.

  1. Wash and dry your mason jars including your lids.
  2. If you are using 12 oz. jars then three cupcakes is what you'll need. If you are using 8 oz. jars then two cupcakes is what you'll need. If you are using 4 oz. jars then one cupcake is what you'll need, but with a 4 oz. jar you'll need to cut that one cupcake in half.
  3. Let's say you're using an 8 oz. jar. Put the first cupcake in the bottom of your mason jar. Flatten it out some.
  4. Swirl your icing on top of the cupcake.
  5. Put the second cupcake on top of the icing.
  6. Swirl more icing on top of the second cupcake. Make sure not to over fill.
  7. Put your lid on the jar and you're done.

Here's how your cupcakes in a jar should look.

Photos courtesy of cakies.
Photos courtesy of cakies.
Photos courtesy of cakies.
Photos courtesy of cakies.

Decorating your jars is easy and fun. Here are some ideas.

Not Your Typical Jar - I'm Just Saying.

Hey, you can get away from the traditional Ball jar and use:

  • Hexagon Jar
  • Anchor Mini Heremes Clamp Top Jar
  • Tureen Jar
  • Salsa Jar
  • Faceted Jars

Cupcake in a Wine Glass. Your dinner guests will be so impressed.

Slice a cupcake in three layers. Put icing in bottom of glass, then a slice, icing, another slice, icing, final top slice, swirl icing over final top slice.

Cupcakes in Miniature Favor Pails. Birthday parties will never be the same.


Graduation Cupcakes. Click source URLs for tutorials.


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