I came across these Cake in a Jar creations on Instagram months ago and they have been in the back of my mind ever since! I fell in love with how the jars were such a cute and easy way to display the layered cake and icing – with a regular cake you don’t get to see all of that layered goodness from the outside. Also this is a creative way to portion out single-serving sizes without the mess, making it the ideal party treat! Plus eating cake out of the jar was fun as hell!
I made these on Valentines Day (Galentines in my books) so I didn’t have much time and opted for a boxed cake mix (next time I’ll go with a homemade batter) so there isn’t a recipe per se.
Follow the directions on the back of the box but instead of pouring the batter into a 13×9 inch pan, I used a 13×9 AND a 9×9 so that the sheet cake was thinner and better for layering in the jars. I also adjusted the cook time and only had both pans in the oven for about 20 minutes – another reason to make these – super quick!
Once the pans were out of the oven I let them cool while I whipped up Mom’s go-to Birthday Cake Icing (she used to make us character cakes when we were kids and this is the icing recipe she used to decorate them):
- 1 1/4 cup shortening
- 4 cup icing sugar
- 1 tsp white vanilla
- fresh milk to consistency
Combine all ingredients and blend together with a stand or hand mixer. Adding milk to get the right consistency. You can dye the icing whatever colour you want, because it was Valentines I kept half white and dyed the other half pink!
*Note this recipe doesn’t make much icing so you might want to double up. I ran out of icing when I still had cake left that I could have filled more jars with.
Once cakes were cooled I cut the sheets into circles using a round cookie cutter that would fit inside of the jars. Then the fun began! I started layering the cake and icing and toping with whatever sprinkles I had around. Each jar took 3 circle layers of cake, topped with icing and sprinkles and a tall cocktail spoon (I bought these at the dollar store) and then they were ready to eat!
You should try making these with your kids – they would seriously love dying the icing whatever colour they want and going sprinkle crazy!