DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Cupcakes in a Jar

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Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? One may ask how does one improve on the idea of such a delicious sugary treat? You make it more portable by adding it to a jar! (Plus – you can add a pretty coordinating label or hang tag to match everything else at your wedding reception or special event!) Cupcakes in a Jar couldn’t be more simple and your guests will love  the creativity and deliciousness in a portable pretty package.

I also love the ability to express yourself as a couple in the flavors you choose cupcake capsule! Red Velvet and cream cheese frosting? Double fudge chocolate with classic vanilla butter cream? It’s all up to you. Don’t even get me started on sprinkles and toppings! 😀

You will need –

  • Cupcakes baked without liners
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles/Toppings (Optional)
  • 8 oz. glass jars with lids – Find some here (Ball Jars could work nicely here too!)
  • Wooden Spoons – Find some here
  • Bakers Twine, Jute Twine or Raffia (to tie the spoon on!)
  • Pastry Bag (Or ziploc bag) and decorative tips
  • Knife

Let’s get started! First you need to bake your cupcakes. Use any cake mix or cake recipe you want! Maybe there’s a family recipe you could use to add to the personalization of your favor!  Just mix up the cake batter and spoon it into cupcake pans sprayed with non-stick spray. (Fill each cupcake cup about 2/3 of the way with batter!)

Unsure what cake recipe to use? Here are some delicious sounding high rated recipes to try:

Bake your cupcakes according to the recipe or package directions. Then allow your cupcakes to fully cool and slice them all in half so you have a bunch of bottoms and a bunch of tops.

Place a bottom into each of your jars. Then take your pastry bag of icing and pipe in a dollop of frosting. (No pastry bag? Scooping in a dollop with a spoon works too! I have also wondered if it would be a neat idea to add a spoonful of filling in this step instead of the frosting but haven’t tried it yet! I’m not sure if it would still look as pretty but it may be worth trying some cherry, strawberry or lemon curd filling here too!)

Need a frosting recipe? Here are some highly rated recipes!

Now, place the top of the cupcake onto your frosting dollop and gently press it so the frosting spreads/smooshes out. (Make sure when you add frosting in the previous step that you put in enough! When you add the top of the cupcake it needs to smoosh/spreads out enough so that you can see a pretty layer of frosting from the outside of the jar! ) Gently flatten/smash the top of the cupcake so it is more flat and less rounded. This helps when adding frosting in the last step and gives the cupcake in a jar a neat layered look from the outside!

Pipe a swirly dollop of frosting on top with your decorative frosting tip (or spoon it in if you are without the bag and tips). Then you can add some pretty colored sprinkles, chopped nuts, sugar crystals…Anything  you want that would further customize your cute cupcake favor.

When that’s all done screw on the lid and you are ready for the finishing touches! Add a personalized favor label to the lid of the jar or hang a personalized favor tag to the jar when you tie on the wooden spoon. That’s it!

Cupcakes in a Jar are a fun, whimsy (not to mention DELICIOUS) favor idea for your big day. Your guests will be so excited to see their very own cupcake concoction waiting for them at their seat or arranged pretty on a favor table. Some guests may dig in right away (how could they resist?) or they may save it for later when they have danced the night away and want something yummy on their way home. Cupcakes in a Jar are tasty and so easily customized to fit your big day and you both as a couple. They are guaranteed to wow your guests – young and old!

As always if you use our instructions to make up your own jars of deliciousness we want to see pics! 🙂 Keep calm and cupcake in a jar on!

Note – Some photos show more layers in their jars – You can do this if you want, it is just a matter of preference! I figured the single layer would be just as tasty and save you some time but if you want to add more layers just cut the cupcake into thirds and repeat the layering steps! 🙂
Cupcake in a jar wedding favor red velvet cream cheese unique
credit – rbkcupcakes on flickr.com

cupcake in a jar wedding favor idea vanilla sprinkles
credit – angryjuliemonday on flickr.com

 

 

DIY Recipe: Easy (Yummy!) Marshmallow Fondant (MM Fondant)

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flickr: that’sdebscakes

My mom got married last year and around this time I was painstakingly trying to create a cake for her shower using fondant. I LOVE baking..but in the past I never had any luck making my own fondant for my cakes. The fondant would be either too dry and flake all over when trying to roll out..or it would be too moist and just break apart in gooey pieces! Then I cam across a recipe for marshmallow fondant…and fell in love! 😀 Needless to say, with a little practice my mom’s shower cake turned out beautifully..despite being a newbie fondant user!

If you (or a friend or relative!) are making your own wedding cake and want the clean, smooth look of fondant..this is the recipe for you! Marshmallow fondant (sometimes referred to as MM fondant) is extremely easy and affordable to make..rolls out nicely…and tastes really yummy too! After all..its main ingredient is little marshmallows!

Here are the instructions for whipping up a batch of your own…(And a youtube video I found as well!)

You will need…

  • 16 oz. bag mini marshmallows (the better quality you buy the better it will turn out!)
  • 2-5 tablespoons of water (Usually I use about 2-3!)
  • 2 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • Optional: Food coloring (I find the gel colors work best for me!)

Let’s get started! 🙂

  1. Put marshmallows and 2 tbsp water in a microwavable bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat heating at 30 second intervals with stirring until the marshmallows have completely melted. (It will look like a liquidy fluff!)
  2. With a rubber spatula slowly begin to stir in the powdered sugar, adding the sugar in small batches and stirring until the fondant gets thick enough to be removed from the bowl.
  3. Once the fondant is thick enough, cover your hands and work area with a thin layer of shortening to prevent sticking and knead in the remaining  sugar like you would knead bread. (It will be messy at first! This is why you grease your hands and remove all jewelry before starting this process. It will still stick to your hands a bit at first and almost look like silly putty until you finish adding the sugar. It will become more like bread dough as you knead!) If you are coloring your fondant you can add some of the coloring to the fondant during the kneading process. Knead until the color is uniform. It usually takes me about 8-10 minutes to knead to the point the fondant is no longer sticky and is more elastic in nature. If you have any doubts keep kneading..it will turn into a firm elastic ball if you keep at it!
  4. Once the ball has formed coat with a thin layer of shortening to prevent cracking.
  5. It is recommended you cover in plastic wrap and put in an air tight container to store overnight and then when ready to use remove the fondant from the wrapping and microwave 10 seconds so it is once again flexible. (If you are in a rush you can probably skip this step! The few times I made this fondant I made it right before draping my cake with it and it still worked out just fine. Remember – practice makes perfect! So try making the fondant and draping it on a cake a few times to get a feel for it before draping your wedding cake!)

Tips & Tricks:

  • It is best if the marshmallow and water mixture is slightly watery before adding your sugar for the best consistency. This allows for enough flexibility when you are rolling out and working with it! Be careful not to make it too moist though – you don’t want it so gooey it droops off the cake!
  • After kneading if the fondant still seems too sticky you can add a little powdered sugar. If it is cracking it is dry and you can either add a little more water or try greasing the ball a little more.
  • When not using the fondant cover it with plastic wrap or drape a damp towel over the bowl so it does not dry out.
  • If not using the fondant immediately you can refrigerate it for weeks. Just make sure you coat it with a thin layer of shortening and store it in an airtight container.
  • Make sure you put a thin layer(1/4″) of butter cream icing on your cake before draping it with the fondant. This will act as a sort of glue to hold the fondant in place and give the fondant the smooth look you are after!

That’s it! Now it is ready to be rolled out and draped onto your yummy cake! 🙂 Here’s a video from youtube showing the steps visually:

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As always please send in your photos if you use this recipe…We would love to see!

5 tier marshmallow fondant draped wedding cake

flickr: annasophiaconfections2009

beautiful 3 tier butterfly marshmallow wedding cake

flickr: jchow11

DIY Cake Decor: Marzipan Roses

If you are making your own wedding cake for your big day and want to decorate it with edible roses I found a perfect video for you on YouTube! It teaches you how to create them with Marzipan, step by step!

Marzipan is a sweet dough made of ground almonds, sugar and sugar syrup. Once mixed it makes a perfect edible modeling clay perfect for molding decor for your cake. (Marzipan can usually be purchased at your local grocery store or where cake items are sold!)

Donna (djcssp) is clearly a professional at making these beautiful sugar flowers and her video is very detailed to make creating the roses very simple, even if it’s your first time working with edible modeling clay.

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Send us your pics of handmade flowers if you create some! We’d love to see 🙂

DIY Video: Cake Decorating Tools of the Trade

After posting a delicious wedding cake and frosting recipe in the last post, I thought it would be a great idea to follow up with a fantastic video on cake decorating tools I found on YouTube by Expert Village. If you are making your own cake or cupcakes, learning the basic cake decorating techniques and the tools needed are a must!

This great video explains the basic starter tools you’ll need to start you on your way to creating beautiful cakes. The woman in the video goes over basic starter tips for frosting such as leaf tips and star tips, and other basic tools. If you are just starting in the world of decorating, it’s a great video to watch to learn about some of the tools that would help you along the way.

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If you decide you want to purchase some of these basic tools, most can be found at your local craft store such as Joanns, Michaels or AC Moore. Wilton is a great supplier of all things cake decorating..and is one of my personal favorites. I actually just recently purchased an entire fondant (to be explained in a later blog!) decorating set from AC Moore this week brand new for only $5 dollars (regularly $25)! Apparently they are getting rid of older Wilton products to make room for some of the newer sets..so I walked away with a steal! Check out your local store, maybe you’ll get a steal too 😀

DIY Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Wedding Cake

You can save a lot of money making your wedding cake from scratch! I found a delicious sounding wedding cake recipe by Sweet Melissa Patisseries on epicurious.com – Lemon Raspberry Wedding Cake. Of course, I’m sure you can also swap out cake pans for cupcake tins and papers and create a delicious cupcake tree instead!

The recipe serves 125 people, and the cake layers can be made from 2 days-2 weeks before serving. The cake can be fully assembled the day before the wedding, and kept cool.

Ingredients are..
3 batches fluffy white cake
1 batch lemon curd
9 cups (36 ounces) fresh raspberries or 3 (12-ounce) bags frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
3 batches meringue buttercream

For full instructions, visit the recipe on epicurious!

It sounds so delicious! I wish I wasn’t dieting for my own wedding or I’d be tempted to test the recipe out! Please let us know if you make the cake (or cupcakes!) with this recipe, and send in some pics!