{Valentine} Cake in a Jar

Happy Monday, friends. Have you recovered from the festivities surrounding the big game yesterday? I cried for the troops, farmers and Clydesdales, and am officially boycotting pistachios and Go Daddy (that one was just gross!)! And my rings and shoes are a little tight, so I must have hit the Fritos too hard. Bet Beyonce doesn’t eat Fritos. It was a heartbreaking loss, but the upside is now Mr. Sugarplum will finally shave off his ‘Playoff/Super Bowl’ beard!

So are you ready for cuteness overload today?! I mean seriously, Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar…..I die.

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

You can make these with any flavor of cake, but I wanted pink ombre layers, so I went with vanilla. Similar to the Rainbow Cake method from Babygirl’s Art Party, I divided the cake batter into three bowls, and added increasing amounts of pink food color. I used good ol’ cake mix from the box…why mess with what Betty Crocker has perfected?!

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

Grease your muffin pan really good before baking your cupcakes so the edges stay intact. I used the whole egg, but the color would likely be purer if I’d used just the egg whites.

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

I sliced the tops off my cupcakes so they’d be flat, but I don’t think it’s necessary. Eating those little cake-top slivers while you work, however, is necessary. Gently push the dark pink cupcake to the bottom of the jar (don’t forget to wash and dry the jars first), then add a layer of frosting. I fake a piping bag by filling a ziploc with frosting, and cutting off the corner. Adding the frosting this way keeps it from smearing all over the sides of the jar.

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

Continue layering cake and frosting, with the medium pink cupcake in the middle, and the light pink cupcake on top.

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

These 6-ounce jelly jars (I found them at JoAnn Fabric), each hold 3 small cupcakes. A hearty serving, but who’s counting cupcakes.

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

Finish with another layer of frosting on top, and add sprinkles if you want. Duh, of course you want! They’re sprinkles?!?

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

I topped the lids with stickers, and tied plastic spoons and gift tags with coordinating ribbon.

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

It’s so cute you can’t stand it, can you?! If you’re able to part with them, they make most excellent friend/neighbor/teacher gifts. I treated Babygirl’s teacher to one last week, and I hear it was devoured in record time.

Hi Sugarplum | Pink Ombre Cupcakes in a Jar

I wish I had a cupcake in a jar for all of you! They are so fun and easy to make…think you’ll whip up a batch? And does your man grow large amounts of facial hair during the Playoffs?

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20 Comments

  1. So cute Cassie! What a great little treat!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  2. Love, love, love this! Such a cute idea!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  3. I now have a craving for cake at 9am!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  4. I now have a craving for cake at 9am!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  5. Laurie wrote:

    pinned! will be doing….seeing this in various colors for various holidays!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  6. These are adorable! I cannot wait to make them for my little munchkins 🙂 I made some sweet treats over the weekend too.

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  7. I want to kiss a farmer today, BTW. These are darling. I will so be doing these for Riley's party this year.

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  8. This is SO cute! You are so stinkin' creative!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  9. Oh my, I was jus thinking about goodies to make for my co-workers, and this is perfect! Love it!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  10. Vel Criste wrote:

    this is such a cute Idea Cassie! Much better than those store-bought candies!!! Thank you for sharing, I bet it'll be a hit anywhere!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  11. These totally caught my eye on Pinterest- great idea! My family would love these!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  12. love your idea!!

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  13. Yumm! I love petite treats.

    Posted 2.4.13 Reply
  14. emily wrote:

    I'd be happy to send you my new address so you can send me one of these cute jars! 🙂

    Posted 2.5.13 Reply
  15. Omg! I HAVE to make these for my friends! Such a cute idea. Thanks for the idea Cassie! Happy New Year! 🙂

    Posted 1.2.14 Reply
  16. Omg! I HAVE to make these for my friends! Such a cute idea. Thanks for the idea Cassie! Happy New Year! 🙂

    Posted 1.2.14 Reply
  17. Sandy wrote:

    This is a great idea. How long would they last?

    Posted 1.12.14 Reply
  18. This looks awesome! I cannot wait to try this for Valentines!

    Posted 2.11.14 Reply
  19. These are so adorable, couldn't love them more!! Newest follower!

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    Posted 2.12.14 Reply
  20. Omg! These are super duper cute!! BTW what size jars did you use? Thanks

    Posted 2.7.15 Reply