Cupcake in a Jar Recipe has delicious layers of cupcakes, frosting and sprinkles. These mason jar cupcakes are perfect for parties and special occasions.

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Turn regular-sized cupcakes into a cupcake in a jar. It’s a cute way to transform your basic cupcake recipe. They are so easy to make and look adorable!

We used a chocolate cake mix but you can use anything you love. Peanut Butter Cupcakes would also be delicious!

What is cupcake in a jar?

They are individual desserts layered in a mason jar. These glass jar cupcakes in a jar have layers of cupcakes, frosting and lots of sprinkles. It is much easier than eating a traditional cupcake and looks gorgeous in the glass jar.

You can use an assortment of cupcake and frosting flavors to make these for any occasion. This cupcake recipe can easily be adapted to holidays with red white and blue layers for Independence Day or red and green for Christmas. The ideas are endless for cute cupcakes in a jar.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cupcake in a jar- cake mix, shortening, butter, powdered sugar, sprinkles.

For the Cupcakes

  • Chocolate Cake Mix

For the Frosting

  • Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • Butter, softened at Room Temperature
  • Sifted Powdered Sugar

To Assemble

  • Pint Sized Mason Jars 
  • Rainbow Sprinkles (Jimmies) 

Find the complete ingredient list at the bottom of the post.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Cake flavor options. Instead of chocolate cupcakes, try vanilla, red velvet, strawberry and more.
  • Frosting. Try cream cheese frosting, chocolate, peanut butter, Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting or vanilla.
  • Whipped cream. Top each jar with whipped cream.
  • Toppings. Chocolate Chips, crushed candy and salted caramel make great options.
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How to make cupcakes in a jar recipe

  • Step 1. Preheat the oven and prepare the pans. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners. 
Cupcake batter in tins.

Step 2. Next, prepare the chocolate cake mix based on the box instructions.  Pour into the muffin tins. Bake and allow to cool.

Mixing bowl with frosting.

Step 3. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Cream the butter and shortening with a stand mixer or a handheld mixer. Gradually add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until combined. Then stir in the vanilla and milk.

Piping bag with frosting.

Step 4. Add the frosting to the piping bag with a star tip. 

Cupcakes cut in half.

Step 5. Lastly, cut each of the cupcakes in half. Simply cut off the tops.

Cupcake half placed in the bottom of jar.

Step 6. Then place the bottom of the cupcakes into a mason jar. 

Sprinkles on top.

Step 7. Next, pipe a layer of frosting on top of each cupcake bottom in the mason jars. Then top with sprinkles. 

Cupcake added to the top.

Step 8. Add the cupcake tops into each mason jar on top of the frosting layer. 

Frosting and sprinkles added to the top.

Step 9. Finally, add another layer of frosting. Garnish with sprinkles.

Cupcake in mason jar layered with icing.

How long do cupcakes in a jar last?

Place the lid on any leftovers and refrigerate for up to 1 week. However, I find that the cupcakes are the best within 3-4 days of baking.

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Recipe tips

  • Allow to cool completely. The cake should be completely cool before layering the cake in a jar.
  • Add the lid. It’s important to add the lid for storage to keep the cupcakes fresh.

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Cupcake in a Jar

4.86 from 7 votes
Cupcake in a Jar Recipe has delicious layers of cupcakes, frosting and sprinkles. These mason jar cupcakes are perfect for parties and special occasions.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 247

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • The Ingredients needed to make Cupcakes based on the Cake Mix

For the Frosting:

  • ½ cup Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • ½ cup Butter softened at Room Temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Sifted Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Milk

To Assemble:

  • 24 Pint Sized Mason Jars
  • Rainbow Sprinkles Jimmies
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  • Prepare the chocolate cake mix based on the box instructions.  Then fill each cupcake liner with the batter until they are about 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake the cupcakes for 14-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean.  Then cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting.
  • In a large bowl cream butter and vegetable shortening until smooth with a stand up mixer or a hand held mixer.
  • Beat in powdered sugar (one cup at a time) on low speed until well combined.
  • Stir in vanilla and milk until thoroughly mixed and fluffy on a medium-high setting.
  • Pour the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a star tip.
  • Cut each of the cupcakes in half by cutting off the tops and place the bottom of the cupcakes into a mason jar.
  • Pipe a layer of frosting on top of each cupcake bottom in the mason jars. Then top with sprinkles.
  • Add the cupcake tops into each mason jar on top of the frosting layer.
  • Then pipe 1 more layer of frosting on top of the 2nd layer of cupcake in the mason jar.
  • Top with more sprinkles.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Then enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Place the lid on any leftovers and refrigerate for up to 1 week but I find that the cupcakes are the best within 3-4 days of baking.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 247kcal, Carbohydrates 33g, Protein 1g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 178mg, Potassium 62mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 26g, Vitamin A 121IU, Calcium 30mg, Iron 1mg

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