As a serious
home cook and baker I truly enjoy the 'from scratch' aspect of creating
delicious meals and desserts for friends and family.
Baking is my
passion and I love the process as much as I love devouring the end results.
But there are
times of the year that get so hectic that I find myself looking for shortcuts
to that process.
one of those times.
Day, a baby and/or bridal shower here and there and that endless stream of “end-of-the-year”
celebrations at school, my oven is in constant use. And there’s just not enough
time in the day/week/month for everything to be “from scratch”.
But that doesn’t
mean that I can’t turn out pretty, fun and delicious treats.
adorable mini cakes, served up in pretty glass jars.
need to make these treats can be found in the grocery store, and with no more
work than it takes to whip up your favorite boxed cake mix.
You can customize the shape and size to suit whatever jars, glasses or vessels
you happen to have.
You can customize the colors, cake flavors and mix-ins to suit your tastes.
And best of
all? Individual servings mean you can make as many or few as you need, and the
jars make for easy transport to picnics, schools, wherever your celebrations take
Mini Cakes in Jars
5 servings; can be doubled or tripled
1 boxed cake
mix, baked in two 9” round cake pans according to directions and cooled
1 can white
(I used the liquid kind that you find in the supermarket)
jars or glasses
1. Wrap and
reserve one of the cake layers for another use. Turn the remaining layer over
so that the flat side is facing up. Use a glass or cookie cutter to cut circles
that will fit into your jars (I used a 2 ¼” cookie cutter).
2. Divide the
frosting into as many portions as you have colors, and tint to the desired
3. Frost the tops
of your cakes and add a layer of sprinkles. Refrigerate till frosting has
firmed up. Carefully place one cake into each jar, followed by another layer,
pressing lightly to set. Cover the jars with lids or parchment paper, tie with
some pretty string or ribbon and add a small spoon or fork if you like.