My daughter heads back to college in a few weeks and this summer hasn't been fun for her at all. It's been filled with doctor visits, trips to the hospital and tons of tests. We haven't had much fun. We like to bake though, so I thought it would be fun to try to make some Cupcakes in a Jar.
As a bonus, I wanted to see how they turned out so I could make them to send to her at college. They'll package up great in the jars packed in a flat rate Priority Mail box.
These were so easy to do. I used a Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix because I have a supply of cake mixes in my stockpile that I got super cheap(and some free) at Kroger a while back. We just made the cake according to the directions on the box.
First spray your jars with some non-stick cooking spray. These are 8oz (half-pint) jars.
We filled the jars about 1/3 of the way. To do this, I recommend using a cookie scoop or pour it in carefully. If you get mix on the side, try to clean it off before baking. (We did)
Place the jars on a large baking sheet. I made sure the jars weren't touching when I placed them in the oven.
Check the cupcakes about 5 minutes before they should be done according to the box. (Use the cupcake time listed.) If they're not done, keep an eye on them. Mine seemed to cook a little more quickly.
Once the cupcakes done, carefully remove them from the oven. The jars will slide around a bit. Just let them cool on the cookie sheet. Do NOT handle the hot glass. You don't want to get burned!
When they're cool, decorate them however you'd like! We just used Funfetti frosting and sprinkles. My daughter loves purple, so we did half purple and half chocolate.
I'm dying to experiment with different fillings, flavors and topings now! You could also make little cheesecakes and other desserts in jars like these. How cute would they be for birthday parties, too? You wouldn't have to bother with cutting cake. Just hand everyone a spoon and a jar.
Some things I learned while making these:
1. Don't fill the jars up so much. Even 1/3 made for more cake than I was expecting. I wanted more space at the time for frosting and goodies.
2. Wide-mouthed jars may be easier to fill. If you have those around, I'd recommend them.
3. 1 box of cake mix made 12 of these little cakes. If you use less per jar, you'll probably be able to make more like 16 - 18.