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By: Jordan

I’m obsessed with cupcakes. There’s simply no way around it. I’ve written about cupcakes before and this probably won’t be the last time you read my ramblings about these delicious, precious treats. Inspired by a Facebook post our friend Kristen shared last week, Cara (or as I like to call her, Lade Cakes) and I decided to get crafty and indulgent all in one afternoon. What better way to do that than make cupcakes to put in mason jars!?

This project was quick, fun and, best of all, super tasty!  Although we could’ve made these decadent creations on our own, Cara and I had a much more enjoyable experience baking/crafting together. And it was certainly helpful to have an extra set of hands at a few points! Take a look below at what you’ll need and what to do to make your own mason jar cupcakes.

What You’ll Need:

  • Box of your favorite cake mix (we chose Funfetti!), the ingredients called for, & favorite frosting (homemade or store bought)
  • Electric mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Cupcake pans
  • Ziploc bags
  • Mason jars
  • Ribbon for decorating the jars
What To Do:
  1. Prepare cake batter according to box directions
  2. Spray cupcake pans with non-stick spray (I like Crisco Olive Oil as a healthy alternative)
  3. Fill each cupcake pan 2/3 full with batter
  4. Bake cupcakes for time indicated on box
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool on a rack for 10-15 minutes
  6. Place icing in a ziploc bag and snip the corner off one end for easy application. This is where an extra set of hands is helpful!
  7. Place one cupcake in the bottom of a mason jar, smooshing it down to cover the entire bottom surface
  8. Squeeze enough icing into the jar to cover the cupcake and smooth the surface with a spatula
  9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 until you have one exposed cupcake at the top of your jar. We used 12 oz mason jars which fit 3-4 cupcakes depending on how thick the frosting layers were
  10. Seal the jar to preserve the moisture in the cupcakes
  11. Decorate your jar however you choose! I cut a paper doily for the top and added some fun purple ribbon and a paper label to share with my Grandmother as an Easter treat.
  12. Enjoy with a fork or spoon and a tall glass of milk!
You can’t go wrong with a Kitchenaid Mixer!
Using measuring scoops is a great way to fill cupcake pans
Three hands are better than two here!
Filling the jars is the best part!
An army of cupcake jars. Sign me up!