Going To Try My Hand At Cupcakes In A Jar...

Baking By andpotts Updated 20 Aug 2010 , 7:52pm by u4cake

andpotts Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 5:15pm
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Baking in the jar is not for me, that's a whole different thing. For my purposes, I don't need them to last indefinately, just a cute and delicious way to send yummy cupcakes in the mail. I steralize the jars and lids first in a hot water bath like you are supposed to, then when they are dry I layer away, they come out so cute. I do send them to deployed locations that aren't too hot and so long as they get there in 5-7 days they are still fresh and delicious. So it's just a cupcake/layered little cake in a jar for presentation and easy shipping for me. I am going to look at those bakeable fillings though, sounds interesting icon_smile.gif

rikkijo314: I have a foodsaver, does the mason jar attachment work on regular mason jars or do you need special lids?

blue123: I bake Jumbo cupcakes in Jumbo liners in a Jumbo pan (enough Jumbo for you, lol) then I take them out of the papers, slice them and layer them in the jars with the fillings/buttercream, the Jumbo CC fill the jars perfectly!

anxietyattack: yes they freeze well, don't know a max time to tell you, because they have never lasted that long in my house, but the longest has been about 3-4 weeks and so long as we let them defrost to room temp before eating they were still really good icon_smile.gif

andpotts Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 5:25pm
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Originally Posted by foxymomma521

Have you tried just baking a sheet cake and using a round cutter the same size as the jar instead of baking cuppies? Would that work?

I have never tried this, but I don't see why it wouldn't work and would probably be easy and make nice even layers thumbs_up.gif

rikkijo314 Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 5:29pm
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andpotts: the sealer attachment works on regular lids. If you go to the food saver website they have them for regular mouth and wide mouth. I wouldn't plan on keeping these forever either but for some reason it seems like it would add a little something if you can hear the seal pop when you open up one of these cupcakes icon_biggrin.gif

andpotts Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 6:13pm
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Originally Posted by rikkijo314

andpotts: the sealer attachment works on regular lids. If you go to the food saver website they have them for regular mouth and wide mouth. I wouldn't plan on keeping these forever either but for some reason it seems like it would add a little something if you can hear the seal pop when you open up one of these cupcakes icon_biggrin.gif

Awesome, thank you! I will definately look into getting one of those, I wouldn't recommend keeping them around any longer for sure, but I would like for them to "pop" icon_smile.gif

edited to add, Oh my gosh, thank you, thank you , thank you! I can't believe I didn't know about this, I just ordered one from Amazon, I will be able to use it for tons of stuff! I love Mason jars and "things in jars" (cookie/brownie mixes, pies, soups, and of course cupcakes) this is going to be perfect!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

LadyKinster Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 6:24pm
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After reading that post on baking in the jars (and googling it too) looks like andpotts you've got the best idea!!! Sometimes saving a step isn't always the best way.
Just wondering, which recipe of buttercream do you use?
Also, a question on the sealer, would that dry out the cake? I've never used one before, so a little clueless.

juslivin77 Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 7:19pm
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hubby's deploying soon, definitly have to try this. Thanks!!

Marianna46 Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 12:43am
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7yyrt, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR POST!!! For everybody else, please disregard what I said in my post. I had no idea this was so dangerous and I must admit my idea about cooking and storing these cakes in the jars was idle speculation on my part. That'll teach me to post things I haven't thought through yet or researched adequately. I've just done a regular amount of canning of fruits and vegetables and it occurred to me to use the same technique. After reading 7yyrt's post, all I can say is DON'T DO IT and I'M VERY SORRY FOR HAVING SUGGESTED IT.

7yyrt Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 3:32am
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Don't feel too bad, Marianna;
Many, many posts around the internet suggest it's a good thing...
Please, pass the information along whenever you see a post saying to store them long term.

rikkijo314 Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 3:34am
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andpotts- I use the sealers for EVERYTHING. I love giving gifts in jars and it just makes it better if they are sealed. I have tons of regular food storage- meat, potatoes, etc. But lately I have been adding chocolate chips and things that I really want to have around in an emergency!

andpotts Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 3:48am
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For sure don't feel bad, I didn't even know all of that stuff, I just didn't like the idea of baking in the jar just because I don't think it looks nice, lol icon_smile.gif It's a really good thing you brought it up because now it got important info out there! I learn something just about every time I am here icon_smile.gif

Marianna46 Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 3:40pm
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I know what you mean, andpotts, this is a great place. And thanks to you and 7yyrt for the consolation. It's certainly good to know these things. It's funny, I just saw on TV the other day that you can't put fresh garlic in olive oil for long term storage, either, and for the very same reason: there isn't enough acid to prevent the spread of some really dangerous germs. Of course, it pays to be really careful, and it's even better to be armed with a lot of information, so thanks for the heads-up!

JaeRodriguez Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 2:59pm
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I am so glad I found this thread again! My hubs is deploying and I want to be able to send him goodies! icon_razz.gif I am not sure how long the shipping will take though, I guess I will have to wait and see. Do you think a store bought BC (Duff or bleh Wilton anything like that) would last longer in these then a homemade? Or could they both spoil just as easily?

KCC Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 12:12am
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I woder if you could pour chocolate on top of the iced cake to seal it better?

LadyKinster Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 12:17am
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I pre-baked the WASC recipe, layered in mason jars with sugarschacks icing along with candies, put the lids and rings on the jars, packed in tupperware container.... should've only taken a week to get to the deployment destination, but my friend sent me the wrong zip code, took 3 weeks to get to her.... they still ate them and they said they tasted great! icon_smile.gif (contacted her later and no, no one got sick!)

mrsc808 Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 3:02am
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I have never heard of this. Going onto my "must try" list for sure!

JaeRodriguez Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 1:27pm
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LadyKinster- Good to know! Haha, I think that him getting rotten cupcakes would be worse then not getting any at all! :]

armywife1 Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 5:24am
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7yyrt- What would be considered long term storage? I just sent some cakes in a jar to my husband in Afghanistan (along with some buttercream in vacuumed sealed bags). I'm not sure how long it will take to arrive there. I think roughly 2 weeks. Is that considered long term? Just curious, as I would hate to think of making him sick. thumbsdown.gif

7yyrt Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 1:33pm
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Long term storage is months or years.
Yes; I have heard people recommend making them in the Spring, putting them in with the canning jars, and eating them in the Winter.
(Now fruitcake, made and stored correctly will last years.)
I don't think it would shorten the life of them, unless they sweat in the jars?

JaeRodriguez Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 2:07pm
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That's what I was thinking if they sweat they'll probably go bad faster... let us know how it turns out Debbie!

armywife1 Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 9:58pm
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So if they arrive in 2-3 weeks, and they eat them right away, it should be safe??? I'm kind of worried now, and bummed being that I was so excited when I sent the jars out. I will definitely let you know how well they travel. Maybe I should wait until the weather turns cooler to send more? Then again, by then, they'll be returning home! icon_biggrin.gif

vickymacd Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 10:36pm
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andpotts~ first off, sending you strength to get through the deployment time. I got through my sons by baking and sending packages to him. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

I sent cakes in a jar and also sent canned frosting so they could apply their
own. I started this with my sons birthday and sent almost enough for his whole troop. They remained fresh and unlike the MRE's, they were delicious and well received.

Best of luck to your soldier and hope he's home soon and safe.

ptanyer Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 11:10pm
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Originally Posted by vickymacd

I sent cakes in a jar and also sent canned frosting so they could apply their own.

Would you share how you did the canned frosting? I live several hours away from my father who is 76 years old and doesn't bake deserts for himself anymore. For many years I have made pound cake in small jars and make several cases at a time and take to him. I use small 1/2 pint regular mouth canning jars and that makes enough for one portion of cake. Then when they are all gone, I go pick up the jars and bring them home and buy new seals and start all over. He loves having homemade cake available and pound cake was always our family favorite icon_smile.gif

I would love to know about the canned frosting so that I could send some with the cake and he could have the cake plain or with the frosting - depending on what he wanted at that particular moment.

TIA icon_biggrin.gif

brightbrats Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 11:12pm
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I made a bunch of these last year, and sold at our craft fair. They went like lightening. The only thing I had trouble with was wondering what to charge for them. Any ideas ?

lisastella Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 11:51pm
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Originally Posted by brightbrats

I made a bunch of these last year, and sold at our craft fair. They went like lightening. The only thing I had trouble with was wondering what to charge for them. Any ideas ?

@brightbrats - I would pay $5 - I think a cute cupcake in a jar can be modestly priced at $5. Now, if you live in a snazzier part of town you may get away with a bit more. But personally I would pay $5 for a cute and delicious cupcake!

armywife1 Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 11:57pm
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OOH, yes, please share how to can the frosting. I vacuumed sealed in those special bags, but didn't care for how they looked. I guess I'm picky about appearances. icon_lol.gif Especially when it's chocolate frosting. My daughter said it looked like poop in a bag. icon_rolleyes.gif

Cindy619 Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 2:23am
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My guess is that when she said "canned frosting" she was referring to store bought canned frosting. Correct me if I am wrong!

cutthecake Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 3:03am
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Maybe you could just buy/send frosting to your father with the cakes, and instruct him to refrigerate (or freeze) the unused portion. Then he can use it as he needs it.
Or you could bring him a batch of frosting, divided into smaller containers, when you pick up the jars.

vickymacd Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 12:59pm
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cindy~ thanks for clearing that up for everyone! Yes, I meant BUYING canned frosting. Since they come in those little plastic tubs, they were perfect for sending. I don't care for the flavor, but my son said some of the guys just took spoonfulls of the frosting and ate it first!
Sorry for the confusion.

JaeRodriguez Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 7:33pm
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Vicky- I've seen others send the canned frosting too, I'm sure the troops are loving it!! :]]

Do you think the duff BC or others like it would last as long as the Betty Crocker/DH/PB canned icing?

The only thing that makes me feel better about DH's deployment is that I'll be able to send him cakes and such! A little taste of home!

vickymacd Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 7:45pm
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If Duff's buttercream is as good as his fondant, it'll be a real pleaser. Just don't send too many sweets and candy. Send misc. things as well. I sent silly things like paddle ball sets; mini pool table and the time that I sent 150 pairs of Croc's was crazy! I got a local store to match me in it so I could send all of them. My son said when they had their down time, the greatest feeling was taking their boots off and putting those on. Goofy looking, but still protected their feet. My Food Saver was a blessing. Candy is given to the local children. But understand that they may not be able to eat all the baked goods as soon as they receive it due to patrolling, missions, etc. So that's why the food saver was the best for freshness.
As far as which frosting is best....don't know. It never lasted!

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