I recently was an organizer for a small, socially distanced gathering and was tasked with making individual desserts. Of course, with parties, we are used to sharing a large cake, eating a delicious our own delicious slice with its moist, flavorful center and buttery frosting. Alas, a traditional cake is not really that feasible what with the current pandemic.
So, I came up with something a little more creative and less of a risk: individual cakes in a jar! Made with the same flavorful cake and frosting, this cake in a jar consists of layers of cake and frosting, in a small jar for each person to enjoy!
Cakes in jars are nothing new. Many bakers and bloggers have hopped on this new trend. However, I wasn’t completely aware of how versatile and practical they were until I made my own! And now, you too can make your own!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
To make these cakes in a jar, you only need three ingredients!
- Small glass/plastic mason jars with lids– I used these jars from Dollar Tree, but feel free to take a look at Target, Amazon, etc!
- Cake of your choice- I am an avid baker, so I chose to make the cake and frosting from scratch, but feel free to use a box mix! I made a vanilla cake using Betty Crocker’s Big Book of Cupcakes.
- Frosting of your choice- I whipped up a batch of fresh strawberry frosting!
ASSEMBLING CAKE IN A JAR DESSERTS
Before you start assembling, think about how you want them to turn out. Do you want to have a cake layer, followed by a frosting layer and topped with another cake layer, or do you want four layers, topping it with frosting? Make sure you know what you want so you can assemble accordingly!
- Prepare your cake and frosting beforehand. You can prepare it right before assembling the jars, or make it a few days beforehand and store it in a refrigerator.
- Grab your jars and open them up.
- Crumble up a bit of the cake and sprinkle it into the bottom of the jar. Add as little or as much as you want. Use a spoon and gently press it into an even-ish layer.
- Add a spoonful of frosting on top of the cake layer. Use a spoon to even it out gently.
- Continue adding more cake layers and more frosting layers until you achieve the look you want.
- Feel free to top your final layer with fresh fruit, chocolate, sprinkles, whipped cream, etc!
- Seal the jar, distribute, and enjoy!
You can make this DIY dessert truly your own by playing with the cake and frosting flavors, mixing and matching flavors like strawberry and blueberry, or the classic chocolate and vanilla. Get creative in your flavors and toppings!
Let us know in the comments how this DIY cake in a jar dessert came out for you!
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