Jars of Happiness

…or CakeJars. Also known as my new favorite gift to give! To get everyone’s favorite flavors, I had them initial this sheet:

Needless to say, this sheet became my life. I thought I’d lost it on several different occasions, and panic attacks were my constant companion.

In the end, all went well, and the jars were made without a single problem (which was also a relief considering the fact that things are never as simple as they seem). To begin, I washed the (48) jars in the dishwasher.

Then, I baked various flavors of cake (vanilla, chocolate, vanilla-lemon, cinnamon, butter) in a 14″ cake pan, let it cool and then cut out circles:


I had made all of the fillings prior to the assembly process in order to speed up the actual assembly time.

There were lemons for lemon curd and raspberries for the Lemon Raspberry variety:



Cinnamon apples and vanilla bean cream cheese frosting for the Apple Spice variety:


Coffee cream for the Tiramisu and Toffee Mocha variety:

Coffee for Tiramisu:


Toffee for Toffee Mocha:


…and various other fillings/frostings that I forgot to take pictures of.

Assembly looked something like this:


I did birthday cakejars first, so  I didn’t mind taking pictures of every step, but after that I kinda gave up and just concentrated on finishing all of them.

From left to right:
Tiramisu: coffee-soaked vanilla cake, coffee cream, whipped cream, cocoa
Toffee Mocha: chocolate cake, coffee cream, toffee pieces
Lemon Raspberry: lemon-vanilla cake, fresh raspberries, lemon curd, raspberry preserves
Apple Spice: cinnamon cake, cinnamon spiced apples, vanilla bean cream cheese frosting
Birthday: butter cake, buttercream, chocolate frosting, sprinkles

This ended up being a really successful idea, I think. While traditionalists are still giving cookie mixes in jars, you could be giving portable cakes- which is totally amazing because, let’s face it: at the end of the day during the holiday season, the last thing you want to do is dirty up another bowl for baking cookies. So many of the recipients mentioned curling up on the couch by the fire. How nice is that? (The other half of the recipients consumed them moments within receiving the cakejars.) Give them to teachers, give them to friends- give them to all as the year slowly ends.

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2 responses

  1. Maria

    Awesome!

    January 26, 2011 at 5:55 am

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