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Mini Cakes in Jars

As a serious home cook and baker I truly enjoy the 'from scratch' aspect of creating delicious meals and desserts for friends and family.

Especially desserts.

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.

Springtime is one of those times.

Between Mother’s 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.

Like these adorable mini cakes, served up in pretty glass jars.

Everything you 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.

Even better? You can customize the shape and size to suit whatever jars, glasses or vessels you happen to have.

Better still? 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 you!`

Mini Cakes in Jars

  • Makes


    5 servings; can be doubled or tripled
  • Meal
  • Prep

    20 minutes
  • Cook

    25 minutes
  • Total

    45 minutes


  • 1 boxed cake mix, baked in two 9” round cake pans according to directions and cooled completely
  • 1 can white frosting
  • sprinkles
  • food coloring (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 shades.

  • 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.

Images via Sheri Silver

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