Cupcake in a Jar Guide

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Cupcakes are the pinnacle of human creation – a tiny cake, perfectly sized for snacks and share-platters, which can be as simple as a chocolate-chip muffin or as complex as a miniature Victorian sponge cake.

Given their enormous popularity, cupcakes have been re-imagined time and time again. This time, bakers’ and homemakers’ genius has resulted in the “cupcake in a jar,” a convenient solution to those who are tired of cupcakes getting messy or squished during transport.

how to make cupcakes in a jar

Unlike their cousins, the cupcake in a mug, cupcakes in a jar cannot be baked in the jar. Instead, they are assembled in a jar. Aside from making them easier to transport for picnics and packed lunches, cupcakes in a jar look super cute!

You can use jars of all sizes and shapes for the cupcake in a jar recipes below. However, it is best to use jars with wide tops, as it makes the assembly process a whole lot easier.

Also, a good idea is to get cupcake tins that are the same size as the jars you’ll be using, or grab a set of cookie cutters with the same circumference as the jar.

Pick out your favorite recipe below and get baking!

Red Velvet Cupcake in a Jar Recipe

Who can turn down a fresh red velvet cupcake? There is something special about these wicked delights; the vivid red sponge paired with creamy frosting is just peak indulgence.


For the cake:

  • 2 1/3 cups of plain flour.
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarb soda.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
  • 1 ½ cups of caster sugar.
  • 1 cup of buttermilk.
  • ¾ cup of vegetable oil.
  • 2 eggs.
  • Red food coloring gel.
  • 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

For the frosting:

  • 2 cups of cream cheese, room temperature.
  • 7 tablespoons of butter, room temperature.
  • 1 ¼ cups of icing sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.


Step One:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, line your cupcake trays, and grab yourself a bowl.

Toss all of the dry ingredients into this bowl and mix until combined; sifting is optional here, or just use a fork to work out any lumps.

layered cupcakes in a jar

Step Two:

In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients until combined.

Once everything is a gloopy mess, pour it into the dry ingredients and stir everything up.

Step Three:

Divvy the mixture up into the cupcake tins.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, and let cool completely.

Step Four:

Beat the butter until smooth. A section at a time, add pieces of the cream cheese to the butter and beat until silky smooth.

Add the vanilla and stir thoroughly.

Finally, add the icing sugar a ¼ cup at a time; be sure to mix each ½ thoroughly before adding more, as this will prevent any grittiness from forming in the frosting!

Chocolate Cupcake in a Jar Recipe

Chocolate makes the world go round…or it seems to when those cravings hit!

Few can resist the temptation of a good chocolate cupcake.


For the cupcakes:

  • 2 cups of sugar.
  • 1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour.
  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder.
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder.
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1 cup of milk.
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil.
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
  • 1 cup of boiling water (or black coffee, if you want an extra moist cake).

For the frosting, use the method we covered in the Red Velvet recipe, only add ½ cup of cocoa powder.

Mix it in before the icing sugar, and you’re golden.


Step One:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your cupcake tins.

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients until combined. Either sift everything or squish any lumps with a fork.

Step Two:

In another bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients (except for the boiling water/coffee) with a beater for one to two minutes.

With that done, pour in the boiling water or coffee and mix it up.

Step Three:

Combine the wet and dry ingredients together and beat until glossy and smooth.

Divvy the batter up into your cupcake tins, and bake for 18-22 minutes.

Let everything cool before assembly.

cupcake in a jar

Cupcake in a Jar Assembly

Finally, it is time to assemble the cupcakes!

Step One:

Using a knife and a steady hand, flip the cupcakes onto their sides and slice them into halves, or thirds if they are rather tall.

Then, if the layers are not already so, use a cookie cutter to trim them down to the appropriate size for the jar.

Step Two:

Bring out your clean jars and pop the first cupcake layer in. Using a piping bag or a spoon, start on your first layer of frosting.

Repeat until the jar is ¾ full, with a layer of cupcake at the top.

Step Three:

Slather a final layer of frosting on, making sure that it isn’t so high that it will get smothered by the jar’s lip.

As this is the top layer, you can use a piping bag to create some pretty swirls or sprinkle a few edible decorations on top.

Step Four:

Devour your delicious cupcakes!

Here’s a video showing how to make an ombre cupcake in a jar.

Have you tried making a cupcake in a jar?


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