Red, White, and Blue Cake in a Jar

We here at Babble have created all sorts of cake in a jars, but this one is custom-made for the Memorial Day weekend. Cakes in jars are a great way to pull together simple, portable desserts for picnics and parties. No worries about how to transport a big box of cupcakes to a potluck without mussing the icing. Just toss your cakes in jars in a bag, or back of the car, or picnic basket, and you’ll have a treat that  arrives at it’s destination just as nicely as it looks sitting on your kitchen countertop.

While many cakes can be baked in jars, this one is baked in a large pan then crumbled into place in mason jars, thus allowing the final product to look as bright, colorful, and perfectly layered as the photo you see above.

Red, White, and Blue Cake-in-a-Jar

Makes: 3 medium-sized jars or 6 small cupcake-sized jars


  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1 tub vanilla frosting
  • red and blue food coloring


  1.  Mix cake mix according to package directions. Separate 1 1/2 cups of the cake mix into a separate bowl. Tint on of the bowls bright red and one bright blue with your food coloring. Pour each batter into it’s own greased 8″ round pan and bake according to package directions. Cool cakes completely.
  2. To assemble jars, crumble cake into large pieces.  Fill the bottom 1/3 of the jar with blue cake. Top with a thin layer of frosting. Add a layer of crumbled red cake on top of that, then finish off your jars with a final layer of frosting. Add sprinkles, if desired.
  3. Twist caps onto the top of your jars. Store at room temperature for up to 24 hours, and in the fridge for up to three days. Because you aren’t sealing the cakes into the jars, this treat is best when not mailed via snail mail.
Article Posted 7 years Ago

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