Monday, July 26, 2010

Guest Blog: Cupcakes in a Mason Jar

One of the really wonderful things about blogging is that you have an opportunity to "meet" and connect with people who share similar likes, perspectives, etc. That's what it's all about, right?
Well, I had such an opportunity a couple of months ago -- Christina at 2LittleHooligans. Christina, who also resides in New England, is a busy mom of little ones who loves to create things and has a huge appreciation for the outdoors and all things handmade. After a few email exchanges, Christina and I discovered we also share a love of mason jars -- and, when she told me that she bakes things IN mason jars I begged her to guestblog -- and she agreed! (Thank you, Christina!!) 
Cupcakes in Mason Jars: From Christina @ 2Little Hooligans

This has been one of my favorites lately, cupcakes in a canning jar. Its great! You can bake, frost and freeze them right in the jar. Whats even greater, my husband can take them to work and just eat them right out of the jar. It is amazing what you can do with canning jars. I'm pretty much convinced that if you can cook it, then you can cook it in a jar!

To get started you will need:
  • Canning jars ( I prefer to use 1/2 pint, pint jars and jelly jars.)
  • Cupcake recipe and all the ingredients to go along with it.
  • Frosting
  • Non-stick cooking spray.

  • Pre-heat oven to desired temp and prepare cake mix per recipe.
  • Spray jars with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Fill jars 1/3 of the way or a tad bit more. Do not fill more then 1/2 full, as the cupcakes almost double in size.
 Bake jars directly on oven racks. They will bake in less time then usual, so keep checking them.
Bake until cake tester comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely.

Use a cake tester to loosen up the cupcake in the middle.


Push piping bag as far down as possible and squeeze in some frosting.
Finish off with more frosting.
And if the kids are around, you know you are going to have to add some sprinkles!
Lots of them!

I like to use the plastic lids. They are easier and safer with the kids.

As you can tell, I didn't spend time trying to make them cute. The kiddo's were "helping" mommy and they were not going to wait any longer to dig in. So party planning girls out there, I'm leaving this one to you. Let's see them on a dessert table! How cute would these be for a kids birthday party?

While I love cupcakes in a canning jar, I lOVE these ones even more...
Brownie sundaes in a canning jar!
Thanks em for the great tutorial on the umbrellas, we had a good time making them.


  1. sooo cute! such a fun gift/picnic idea! i love it (-:

  2. well...i was skeptical about this...but last night i tried this and served to five college girls who think of themselves as much fun...put several ice cream options out and maine blueberries and whipped cream...and viola..giggles and serious work topping and eating..thanks for the great idea....

  3. I can not wait to make these! I think I'm going to make a bunch for gifts! I have a lot of friends with birthday's coming up! And your right the mason jars are endless when it comes to ideas!



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