Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cakes in a Jar and Random Act of Kindness Update

On October first, we committed to a challenge to do one Random Act of Kindness each day for the month. So far, we've stuck with it and it's been fun and interesting.....like when no one would take my free ice cream coupon! Anyway, I've been thinking that a BIG part of doing something kind for someone is doing it and not telling anyone about what you've done. We are supposed to be people that can do Random Acts of Kindness and just feel good about it, know we've done the right thing and leave it at that. A few times it's made me a little uncomfortable to blog about things that we've done because I never want to come across as bragging. So, I'll just say that we've continued with the Random Acts of Kindness challenge but, for days #12 & #13, I'm not going to blog about it. 

Now onto something SWEET! CAKES in a JAR. CUTE. DELICIOUS. EASY.
Make a cake, divide it and use food coloring to color it, or don't color it at all. I choose pink and orange because I love those colors!
 Wash and dry small jars.
Spray your clean jars with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop the cake batter into the jars, being careful to keep the sides and rims of the jar clean. First I scooped in the pink and then I scooped the orange on top.
 Put the jars on a cookie sheet and bake for about 35 minutes (or whatever your cake directions say), in a pre-heated oven, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
 Let the cakes cool thoroughly and then decorate! It works best to pipe on the frosting so, it doesn't get on the sides of the jars.



 Once the cakes are decorated, put lids on the jars, and decorate the lids. I glued a ribbon around the lids and made a cute little sign for the top of the jars.



 Last, I need to share that FINALLY, Paisley seems like she's back to herself! I was beginning to forget what a happy baby she is. She's eating, drinking and smiling up a storm again!!!


 Yeah!!! I'm better!!
 Feeling well is definetly something to clap about!
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22 comments:

  1. Oh wow, those are the cutest things ever!! I'm definitely going to make a note of these. So cute! :)

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  2. those are adorable! and i am so glad paisley is feeling like herself.

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  3. Love the cake in the jar and LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that P is back to normal - How CUTE is she? :)

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  4. So funny, I was literally looking at cakes (actually they were cupcakes) in a jar about a week ago and wondering if I could do them, but I didn't have jars. LOVE this idea! Super cute. I think I saw them at your table last Tuesday :)?

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  5. Oh my goodness I love this idea! I am so going to do that for my daughters class at church when she has snack duty next. Thank you so much for the idea! What size are the jars btw?

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  6. Hi Elizabeth,
    Any small 8 or 12 oz jar would work just fine. Mine were the small wide mouth jars but, I've also seen people use the pint size small mouth jars. Let me know how your cakes turn out. So fun!!!!

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  7. I had seen someone else do the same concept except they boiled the jars in pots (which is highly dangerous, in my opinion especially if I have to touch them haha). You make it much more easy! I am hoping to do this as Halloween gifts for my friends kids at church :)

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  8. How long do you think they would be good for? Long enought to mail overseas??

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  9. How cute are these?! Can I ask how much you scooped into each jar? Or did you just start out with a small amount in the first jar and continue until all the batter was gone?

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  10. My question is the same as Jill's. Do you think they would stay fresh long enough to get to our troops? Or is the moisture content going to cause it to mold?

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  11. Love the cake in a jar!!! Thanks for the great idea. Btw I Love your daughters name! I always wanted to use that name but I got three great sons. Lol

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  12. Those are so cute! I am wondering about using the size 3 baby food jars..do you think that would work? If so, what temp do you think for baking them?
    Thanks,
    Tina

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  13. Jill and Luci you can do cake in a jar for the troops overseas (I have done it twice for my husband who is deployed right now). There are a few differences in how you make it. I suggest googling "cake in a jar for soldiers". There are a few websites that explain it. My husband and his co-workers were amazed at it! He said it tasted so fresh and held together so well. Just remember lots and lots of bubble wrap when you mail it off. Good luck!

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  14. Thanks for answering the question about shipping the cakes over seas. I think that's a great idea and that it would totally work. While I was baking the cakes in the jars, I brought a small pan of water to a boil, turned off the heat and then put the lids in the pan. They sat in the hot water while I decorated the cakes and then when I was ready to put them on the jars, they were still hot. The jars ended up sealing because the lids were so hot from sitting in that hot water. I wouldn't expect them to last for a super long time but, I think they would last awhile.

    Tinergirl-To answer your question, I think the stage 3 baby food jars would work! Just make sure to only fill them about 1/3 full. I baked mine at 350 and that should work just fine. Let me know how they turn out!

    ChrisS-To answer you question about how much batter went into each cup....I think I was scooping the batter with a 1/3 cup measuring cup. I was able to do about 1/3 cup of each color. Just start with a small amount into each jar and then go from there, so they all have the same amount. You can do it!

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  15. I wanted to let you know I featured this awesome idea in my blog today. Thanks so much! www.simplythriftyfabulous.wordpress.com

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  16. What a super idea! Thank you for this great tutorial. Merry Christmas to you!

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  17. Hi! This is such an awesome idea! I too have a question about sending these overseas. My husband is in Afghanistan and his birthday is next month. Mail "usually" takes two weeks to get there. My big question is do you think I can frost these and send them over?? I don't want him to frost his own cake. I've seen several sites that say do not frost, but stumbled across a lady that sends her cupcakes iced. I wanted to order from her but when I asked her about how she packages these, she was very vague. Said she has been doing it for two years and has never had a problem. That left me worried, most places you order from show you how they package the product to reassure you it will make it there alright. Any thoughts here???

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  18. Anonymous~ What a great idea to send a cake over to your hubby in Afghanistan for his Birthday! I'm sure he would love that! If I was you, I would make the cakes in a jar yourself and then ship one to him yourself. While your cakes are baking in the jars, bring a small pot of water to a boil. After it comes to a boil, take it off the heat and put your flat lids in there. After your cakes are all decorated, put the flat lid on (and the circle ring). Tighten them really tight and because the lids have been sitting in super hot water, your jars might even seal. Send the cake out immediately to your hubby and it should be fine. I hope this helps!

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  19. How long does the cake last in these jars? I would like to mail a couple.

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  20. I'm thinking about trying these. They are so adorable. I wish I'd seen these before Mercy's Artist Party. Wouldn't they be cute in all different colors for each kid?!

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  21. How many of what size jars did you use for I am guessing a basic white cake recipe? I'm thinking of using this as gifts for Christmas. What a great idea! Thanks.
    And your baby is very cute!

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