Happy Summer everyone! It's Glory of Glorious Treats here with an easy and eye catching dessert perfect for the 4th of July. I've been a bit obsessed with cute desserts in a jar recently, and thought the 4th of July would be the perfect opportunity to make one. I baked up a batch of vanilla cupcakes (using my favorite box mix), layered some delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and dressed them up the great set of Free Memorial Day Printables designed by The TomKat Studio. (I simply using 3 of the 4 designs they work perfectly for the 4th of July).
~ How to make 4th of July Cupcakes in a Jar ~
Jars (I used 1/2 pint canning jars)
1 Vanilla cake mix (from a box or from scratch)
Frosting (from a can or homemade)
Tomkat Studio Memorial Day Free Printables (use 3 of the 4 designs)
Prepare the batter of your favorite vanilla cake (from a box or from scratch). Divide the batter as equally as possible into three bowls. Color one bowl of batter red, and one blue (using concentrated gel coloring). The final bowl will remain uncolored. Prepare 3- 9" cake pans (round or square) by greasing the pan lightly (with butter or oil), and lining with parchment paper. Fill pans with batter. Bake cakes according to recipe instructions.
Once baked, cool cakes completely. Remove cakes from pans, and level cakes as needed. Then, use a 2" round cookie cutter to cut out circles of cake. Prepare a batch of frosting (I used my Cream Cheese Frosting) and fill a piping bag fitted with a large round or star tip. Layer cake and frosting as shown above (blue cake, a little frosting, white cake, a little frosting, red cake, a nice swirl of frosting). Top with festive sprinkles.
*Note- the cupcakes in a jar could also be make using cupcakes, cut in half, then used as directed above.
Dress up your cupcakes in a jar with ribbon and The Tomkat Studio Free Printable Memorial Day designs. Use the printables as cupcake toppers (if you are serving the cupcake jars open), or as a finishing label, if you plan to use the cupcake jars as favors or gifts.
(Photos by Glorious Treats, for The Tomkat Studio)