Simple red velvet cupcakes in a jar

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)

3 eggs

1 cup water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa

1 bottle (1 oz) red food coloring


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. Scoop the cupcake mixture into 24 muffin cups or into two muffin pans.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)

Cupcakes in a jar

  • Pipe a layer of frosting onto the bottom layer

Cupcakes in a jar

  •  Top with the other half of the cupcake

Cupcakes in a jar

  • Add more frosting and other toppings (I used sprinkles)

Cupcakes in a jar

  • Seal the jar (if you are using mason jars)
  • Make the jar pretty (ribbon, fun spoons, labels)
  • Store in refrigerator until ready to eat

Cupcakes in a jar

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


  1. Combine marshmallow creme, butter and milk in a bowl. Use a mixer to make the mixture fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar to the mixture, one cup at a time, mixing frequently.
  3. 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

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