Let me begin by simply saying I did not invent this.
I got the idea from here.
Which I found through Pinterest.
Which is addicting and fabulous all rolled into one.
I hate to give you more excuses to
waste spend time on the internet, but Pinterest just be be awesome enough to make the exception.
My point is that I want to give credit where credit is due…although I would guess that that person probably didn’t invent it either. :)
I remember being really surprised that you could bake cake IN a mason jar.
Except that…duh…I bake using Pyrex dishes all the time…so why couldn’t I bake in a glass mason jar?!
Here’s whatcha do:
-Boxed white cake mix (I used 3 boxes)
-Divide evenly and dye using wilton icing colors. NOT food coloring. You won’t get the vivid colors from simple food coloring. Most craft stores will have the icing colors.
-Spray the heck outta the inside of your mason jar with Pam stuff.
-Set the filled jars in a lipped baking dish with 1/4″ of water in the bottom.
-Bake 350 degrees 35-40 minutes.
See how the cake kinda grows a little mountain at the top?
No fear! Just scoop it out, give it to your kids who are begging to have cake NOW and once you cover it with frosting no one will ever know!!!
So that wasn’t groundbreaking.
Nor did I tell you anything that the link I provided above didn’t already tell you.
Here are some tips for you now that I’ve made this myself:
I made two sizes. The larger jars are pint jars. The smaller ones are something else I’m too lazy to go look up.
From now on I will only use the smaller jars for a variety of reasons:
-it was MUCH easier to pour the layers evenly in the smaller/straight sided jars
-the straight sides of the small jars encouraged the layers to lay flat and bake more horizontally. the larger jars and their curved sides kinda caused more of a wavy effect.
-the large jars didn’t seem to cook all the way through. they were a little under done at the very bottom. (although a few more minutes in the oven would probably solve that problem!)
-the smaller jars make for better portion sizes. the large ones are BIG “slices” of cake!
One box of cake mix will get you about 4-5 small jars of cake. So keep in mind that this is probably a project best saved for smaller gatherings. That works out to A LOT of cake! Luckily, it’s just boxed mix so it’s easy.
Don’t be lazy like me and not wipe the drippage from pouring layers from the mouths of the jars. Or else, you’ll end up with brown baked on ugliness. Boo.
I used Meg’s Cool Whip Buttercream frosting. Which is now hands down my most favoritest frosting recipe ever.
Adding Cool Whip to the buttercream gives it such a light texture, it’s yumm-o. Promise.
I made you a cute little recipe card. Mainly because I just wanted an excuse to use my cute little printables. :)
Because you just use a dollop of frosting on the top (which I applied by putting it in a big ziploc bag and snipping a corner for lazy girl’s piping), you have a lot of leftover frosting.
Which actually turned out to be a good thing because you end up eating most of the frosting with the first few bites of cake since it’s all on top.
Leaving you with naked cake halfway through.
No good my friends. No good.
So I just plopped the extra frosting into a cute bowl and people helped themselves to frosting refills as needed!
I honestly think I’ll be doing mason jar cake a LOT from now on.
It was so fun and a lot less messy for the kids to eat.
Remember, you don’t have to do rainbow…
*pink and purple for a princess party
*red, white, and blue for the 4th of July (!!!)
*different shades of blue (or pink) for a baby shower
*red and green for Christmas
*your husband’s favorite sports team colors for big games (purple and gold! laker love! represent!…sorry. i’ll never do that again. too much.)
*how cute would the rainbow be for a 70’s themed party?!
I could go on for a while here, but you get the picture.
Happy mason jarring!!!
If you plan on doing this, what color scheme/party theme will be the maiden voyage of your mason jar happiness?