creating heaven in a jar

by @according2kelly on August 13, 2010

making mason jar cupcakers is seriously just about the easiest thing in the world. really & truly, it takes just a few simple steps… bake up a batch of your favorite cupcakes (whether it’s from a box or made from scratch), then you smoosh, frost & repeat. see i told you it was easy-peasey. but just in case you need a wee bit more direction, i’ve whipped up a little tutorial for you.

step one: as i said before, the first step is to whip up a batch of your favorite cupcakers. honestly, everything tastes better when eaten from a jar, with a spoon. people have raved about my straight from the box fun-fetti cupcakes (okay, so maybe i throw in an extra box of pudding) & begged for my red velvet recipe (they usually fall in love with the mini chocoloate chips which gives it an extra little umph!)… but really & truly neither of these recipes are all that special. but, when you are eating from a jar, with a spoon…. ahhhh! it’s like holding a little bit of heaven in your hands.

step two: throw away what you know about baking cupcakes, at least for the moment. when you’re making mason jar cupcakes no fancy-pants cupcake liners are needed for this job. so break out the pam, & apply liberally. go ahead – spary the dickens out of the pan, you definitely don’t want your cupcakes sticking. plus, you need the cupcake “sides” looking good & ready for their closeup. considering all you really see of the cupcake is their sides, you want those babies smooth & looking good!

step three: filling the cupcake pan has never been my forte! i always struggled trying scoop the batter into those itty bitty holes, without spilling batter everywhere. luckily one day it finally occurred to me to cheat. these days i use a makeshift pastry bag (a ziplock bag with about a 1/2 inch of the corner snipped off) to fill my cupcake pans quickly, cleanly & with an incredible amount of precision. & since filling my makeshift pastry bag can get complicated with just two hands, i like to put my water pitcher to work “holding open” the bag as i fill it.

step four: fill your cupcake pan according to your recipe (usually about 2/3 full), & then bake. this is my favorite part. i love the smell of baking cupcakes wafting through the house.

step five: now the fun begins. first select your mason jar of choice. personally i like the 8 oz. jars, because they fit two cupcakes absolutely perfectly. (although the 4 oz. jars are darling with a single cupcaker, & the 12 oz. can fit three cupcakes… so really it’s up to you.) next, you place your cupcake on top of your chosen jar & smoosh it all the way to the bottom. you don’t have to worry about man handling the top of the cupcake too much, because it will soon be covered in frosting.

step six: if you haven’t already, whip your frosting (whip it real good). or, if you’ve chosen the slightly quicker, but probably just as tasty route, scoop your frosting from the can. & just like before, once again i am going to use the “ziplock cheater” method. seriously, if you’ve never tried it, promise you will – soon! it will literally change the way you feel about making cupcakes.

step seven: time to frost! using a ziplock bag or a real pastry bag (trust me, you’ll want to use one or the other to get down near the bottom of the mason jar) & top the cupcake with frosting. i like a lot of frosting, so i usually do about a 1/2 inch worth – but do what ever you are comfortable with. & again, you don’t have to worry too much about how “pretty” it looks, because you are going to to be smooshing another cupcake on top of it.

step eight: REPEAT. that’s right, this is where you get to smoosh & frost again. when you’re frosting this final time though, try not to go too over the top. remember, you still have seal it all up, & “over the top” frosting is just going to get squeezed out. so, try to keep your frosting as level with the rim of the jar, as possible. & when you are all done… seal it up baby!

step nine: once you’ve put your lid on & you are all sealed up, it’ time to pretty up the jar. using some ribbon, or a scrap of fabric, tie a square knot. (you remember how…. right over left, left over right.)

step ten: attach a fancy pants label… download perfectly sized, blank mason jar labels HERE. then, handwrite, or using your favorite editing software such as photoshop or picnik, write a sweet note. print on paper (& tape or glue down), or use avery sticker paper. & finally cut out with a sharp pair of scissors, or a 2 inch circle punch.

step eleven: slid a vintage (or plastic) spoon through the knot & voilà! you’ve got the perfect gift, thank you, party favor…

see. just like i told you… making mason jar cupcakes are so quick, easy & definitely addicting. not to mention, your cupcakes will taste so delicious & moist – just like heaven in a jar. yum! yum! yum!

linked up with today’s creative blog’s get your craft on tuesday & skip to my lou’s made by you monday.

67 comments
Marie
Marie

love it cant wait to make it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great for gift and a pick me up treat!

Kerri
Kerri

These are great! I am looking to do something like this in mini mason jars as my wedding favor. I would also love to know if I could freeze them until perhaps the night before they wedding? Would they still be good?

Lindsey
Lindsey

Do these need to be refrigerated?

Liz
Liz

Can you freeze these and re-bake them later? I'm only asking because I've seen some recipes for pies in mason jars and those you can freeze and then rebake later. Not sure if you can do the same with cupcakes...

Kim
Kim

Do these have to be eaten right away?

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Mignon Nozum

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Anna
Anna

Hi, these look so yummy and cute! After putting the cupcake in the jar, do you frost them also while the jar is hot? If so does that affect the outcome of he icing?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

I let the cupcakes cool before frosting them! you don't want the frosting to melt!

Nancy Rigby
Nancy Rigby

This is a great idea for so many events. Would love to know how they freeze. How far ahead can these be made for Christmas giving?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

I put them in the freezer for 3 months, thawed them out & then ate one, & it was absolutely perfect!

Nancy Rigby
Nancy Rigby

That's my kind of stress free gift! Thanks for the response Kelly.

Holly
Holly

Kelly, Do you think these would do well if I sent them? I have a friend who lives three hours away from me and she would just love some of these for Christmas this year

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

as long as you packaged them so the jars didn't break, i'm sure they would do great!

Jenn
Jenn

FYI it's possible and quite fun to bake the cupcakes inside the mason jars and skip the muffin pan step altogether. In fact if prepared that way you can put the lids on while they cool and they will actually "self-can." The hot air cooling inside the jar vacuum-seals the lid on and they will keep on the shelf quite fresh for a nice long time. The amounts would probably need to be adjusted in most of those recipes to leave sufficient room for icing and you wouldn't be able to get the middle iced layer, but it's an option :) I haven't done it yet myself, but I've stockpiled several "cake-in-a-jar" recipes on Pinterest.com .. planning for next years Christmas gifts I think. Oh I stumbled on your blog via Pinterest while looking for packaging/gift-wrapping ideas for canned goods. Thanks!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Yep! I've baked them inside the jar. Which saves a step. But I've found they taste better when there is multiple layers of cupcake & frosting. Let's me honest, I would prefer an entire jar of JUST frosting. But since that would probably be frowned upon, I'll add a little cupcake too. The two layer jars are just the perfect amount of frosting & cupcake. If you try baking in them in the jar - I'd love to hear your opinion... I guess I just think it's a wee too much of cake.

srgr_mom
srgr_mom

Kelly -- When you putting them in the freezer, was the frosting in the jars too? Thanks, srgr_mom

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

YEP! cupcake & frosting. And it worked PERFECTLY. Just make sure you give it enough time to thaw out!

Colleen Tolman
Colleen Tolman

I would love to know where to get more decorative mason jars. The ones at the grocery store are so generic for canning. The inside cap liner pops off and i would rather have one with a lid that screws off and on. Can you direct me to the best place or site to get the cute ones?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

honestly - i've just stuck with the ones at the grocery store, & have yet to purchase jars online. Does your store carry the "quilted" jars? those are definitely my favorite!

Tate
Tate

How did they do after being frozen?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

AWESOME! I froze them for 3 or 4 months (I did put the jars in a ziplock freezer bag), & they tasted AMAZING. yum. yum. yum.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

They are delicious out of a jar. Plus, they stay unbelievably moist. Licking my lips just thinking about it.

The Scrapbooking Housewife
The Scrapbooking Housewife

Wow! It never occured to me to put cupcakes in a jar! I am definitely trying this idea out!! Fabulous idea, thank you for the very detailed tutorial!! :)

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Ucreate
Ucreate

DELICIOUS and such a fun, fun, gift!!!

Shanty2Chic
Shanty2Chic

Just shared this on our FB page. What a great idea!! Love it!!! ~Whitney

Limo
Limo

Just discovered this site thru Bing, what a way to brighten up my month!

Jennifer Dawn
Jennifer Dawn

I love this idea, and I love your blog. I have followed you for awhile now. Please check by my blog later...I am giving you an award.

Hosea Haid
Hosea Haid

I just read a few other posts on here. Good thing I came back once more. Cudos

Lamar Mcgaffee
Lamar Mcgaffee

I've gone through your blog. Happy I checked it out again. Good reading, thanks.

riri
riri

You do know that it's 'Voila' right? Not Viola. I judge blogs by this standard alone. :(

Chelsey
Chelsey

Ha ha! Love the smooshing!

Chrystal
Chrystal

These are awesome and so cute.I just wanted to suggest to use an ice cream scoop to fill the cupcakes before baking I find this mess free and no wasting plastic bags!

Ann
Ann

Oh I LOVE this idea - something even the most awkward teen will enjoy! Can't wait to dress up some jars for Christmas gifts. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

Lori
Lori

I just saw this post and Oh My Goodness!! I HAVE to do this. I am wondering how this would be to ship for all the college kids leaving as a sweet little treat and taste of home. What do you think?

Jaime
Jaime

Oh my goodness! What an adorable gift idea! We LOVE cupcakes and I can't wait to make these as gifts. Thanks so much!

Dana
Dana

Oh my gosh ....thank you for the wonderful idea!!! It looks yummmmmmmy!! Hope you are hving a great summer....if you have a minute...pop over to my birthday party. I can see YOU wearing the necklace I am giving away!! Your smile is contageous!!

Miri
Miri

Ooooooooh decadent!!!! And such a cute little thing to give away.

Kelly
Kelly

thanks for ALL the comment lov!

Aimee
Aimee

I thought this idea was just adorable and featured it here! Can't wait to give some mason jar cupcakes out myself!

Anjie B.
Anjie B.

These are adorable! Thanks for linking up to Skip to My Lou so you could share with the rest of us! I have a friend of two that could use a pick-me-up and this would be perfect.

marta
marta

adorable. i love your crafting skills and the batter baggie is genius. thanks for the tip.

Catch a Falling Star
Catch a Falling Star

I have never made anything in a jar yet but, I have seen so many recipes for them I am very anxious to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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