I loooove desserts! I can’t get enough of them. Even when I am full after dinner, there is always room for dessert. Red velvet cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts; and I usually prefer them very moist.
I have always wanted to try cupcakes in a jar, and recently the perfect opportunity presented itself when I put together my son’s birthday party. I made these red velvet cupcakes in a jar as a favor for the parents.
I chose Betty Croker’s recipe as it was pretty simple and easy to make. I went the “Cake in a Box” route, but feel free to make the cupcakes from scratch if you choose to. I made the recipe even simpler (as I was running out of time) by skipping on making the frosting, and bought a ready-to-use frosting mix.
See the simple ingredients below:
Red velvet cupcakes
1 box German chocolate cake mix (preferably one that is moist)
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1 bottle (1 oz) red food coloring
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Pour cupcake ingredients into a large bowl and beat on low speed for a few seconds. Increase to medium speed and beat until the ingredients are mixed thoroughly with no bumps. Make sure to scrape the side of the bowl frequently.
- Scoop the cupcake mixture into 24 muffin cups or into two muffin pans.
- Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. To keep the cupcakes moist, don’t keep them in the oven for long so they don’t dry out.
- Take the cupcakes out of the oven. Cool the cupcakes for 10 minutes. Once cooled, place in refrigerator (uncovered) to cool for another hour.
Cupcakes in jar method
- Cut the cupcakes in half
- Place the bottom half of the cupcake in the jar (I used mason jars)
- Pipe a layer of frosting onto the bottom layer
- Top with the other half of the cupcake
- Add more frosting and other toppings (I used sprinkles)
- Seal the jar (if you are using mason jars)
- Make the jar pretty (ribbon, fun spoons, labels)
- Store in refrigerator until ready to eat
EATING TIP: Warm the cupcakes (without the lids of course) before you enjoy!
PS: If you would like to make your own frosting, see below for a simple and easy recipe:
1 7oz jar of marshmallow creme
1 cup softened butter
3 teaspoons milk (use less for a thicker frosting)
4 cups powdered sugar
- Combine marshmallow creme, butter and milk in a bowl. Use a mixer to make the mixture fluffy.
- Add powdered sugar to the mixture, one cup at a time, mixing frequently.
- Once the frosting is fluffy and spreadable, place in frosting bag and pipe on cupcakes.
These cupcakes in a jar were so easy to make and the creativity options are endless! I hope you get to make some soon. It was so much fun and they tasted so good that I will be making them again in the near future! Happy Baking!
Photo by: Bomaone Photography