Whether you use store-bought cake mix or bake your own from scratch, Cakes in a Jar are simple and fun to make.
Either use a round cookie cutter (the size that fits into your mason jars) and cut out rounds of cake, or slice cake into chunks. To assemble, start with a cake round, top with frosting and then continue layering until you reach the top of the jar, cover with a lid and you’re done!
Of course, one of the best things about these layered confections is the fact that there are endless, delicious combinations you can dream up. What’s more, these individual serving size desserts are perfect for special occasions and can be as simple, or elaborate, as your imagination and time allow.
Get creative for Valentine’s Day, graduations, weddings, Easter, slumber parties, and more! Create masterpieces using school colours for graduations, instead of frosting use whipped cream, cheesecake filling, or pudding; substitute brownies for cake; garnish with sprinkles, coconut, cocoa powder, fruit, or candy. And, don’t forget, you can decorate the outside of the jar, and the lid too!
Here are a few combinations we love:
Red Velvet Love – Layer red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and garnish with heart-shaped candy or sprinkles.
Tiramisu Delight – layer espresso and Kahlua dipped ladyfingers with creamy mascarpone and whipped cream mixture, and top with a dusting of cocoa powder.
Apple Caramel Cheesecake – Layer apple spice cake with Ready-to-Eat Philadelphia Cheesecake filling, chunky applesauce, and top with a salted caramel sauce.
Peanut Butter Brownie Delight – Layer chunks of brownies with fluffy peanut butter frosting, and top with chopped peanuts.
Strawberry Shortcake – layer slices of buttery pound cake with whipped cream, and fresh sliced strawberries.
Lemon Sunshine – Alternate lemon cake with lemon curd or pudding, and top with fresh blueberries.
Banana Bread & Maple Cream – Alternate layers of banana bread with creamy maple frosting, and top with chopped walnuts or pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup.