Lately it seems that everyone in the blog-o-sphere is making desserts in jars, so today I am jumping on the band wagon. My family loves to picnic and I'm always trying to think of good desserts to bring along. The girls love cupcakes, but they are hard to transport and often end up getting smooshed. So, cupcakes in jars seem like the perfect portable solution!
I bought the clear glass jars at Micheal's for about a dollar each. These were just the right diameter (the opening needs to be able to comfortably accommodate a fork). This is a fun project to do with the kids and don't worry if they end up looking a little messy - you really can't go wrong when cake and frosting are involved. :-). I just baked up some cupcakes and sliced them in half. Depending on the size of your jar (and your preferred ratio of icing to cake), you'll need about one and a half cupcakes per jar. Simply alternate layers of cupcake with layers of icing until you reach the top of the jar. I also added some confetti sprinkles between each layer - for extra color and crunch!
End with a swirl of icing on top and a little decoration if you like (I used some icing roses). Then, seal them up and tie on a fork with some pretty ribbon and you're ready to go!