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Valentine’s Day Strawberry Cake-In-A-Jar

by Christa on January 29, 2012

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I have a slight obsession with mason jars. We used them at our wedding as candle holders, so now we have over a hundred empty mason jars, which makes me VERY happy!
Mason jars are such an easy way to give a dessert, a candle or some wildflowers that vintage, home-made feel. They also make any kind of dessert very portable and easy to serve!

I decided to make some cute Valentine’s Day Strawberry Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting for my hunny. They were delicious, oh-so-simple, and super cute! Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Strawberry Cake-In-A-Jar
(makes 9 mason jar desserts)
1 18 oz. box Strawberry Cake Mix
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
red food coloring

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray three 8″ round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Blend the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and sour cream in a large bowl until all ingredients are moistened. Using a had mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. Pour 1/3 of the strawberry cake batter into one of the cake pans. 
4. Add a 7-9 drops of food coloring to the remaining batter. Mix thoroughly. Pour half of that batter the second cake pan. 
5. To the of the batter add 5-7 more drops of red food coloring. Mix thoroughly. Pour this batter into the last empty cake pan. 
6. You should have three pans, with even amount of cake batter, in three shades: pink, red, and dark red. You can add as much or as little food coloring as you’d like to customize your shades of pink & red.
7. Bake cakes for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let the cakes cool completely.
8. Using a round biscuit cutter, or any other object the same diameter as your mason jars, cut 9 circles out of each cake. You will have 27 circles total- 9 in each shade. Set these aside while you make the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3-4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy.
2. Mix in vanilla and then gradually mix in the confectioners’ sugar. Add more or less sugar, depending on how creamy or stiff you like your frosting.
3. Put the dark red cake circles in the bottom of your mason jars. Using a spoon or a pastry bag, pipe 1 tablespoon of frosting on top of the cake circle. 
4. Next, put the bright red cake circles on top of the frosting. Top with another tablespoon of frosting. Repeat with the pink cake circles. Top with some pink sprinkles and eat up!

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle P January 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Yum that looks good!


Leslie January 30, 2012 at 12:42 am

ove the ombre effect of the cakes!!!!


ramya January 30, 2012 at 3:18 am

cute lil' treats…..


Alviana Kalin January 30, 2012 at 7:33 am

oh my god this is the cutest thing everr!



Rita January 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Love this idea; it is the best and they sure looks great!


Eliana January 31, 2012 at 2:00 am

These look just too cute and delicious. They make me just want to dig in!


Ashley's Cooking Adventures January 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

Absolutely beautiful! I could eat about five of those! 🙂


Pam February 1, 2012 at 4:28 am

They look so cute and delicious!


Treat and Trick February 1, 2012 at 5:38 am

So pretty and tempting!


Mary February 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

What a clever idea. These look festive and sound delicious. How could your Valentine not be pleased? I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary


mamas*little*treasures February 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Good morning! I made some Red Velvet cupcakes in a jar yesterday and they were yummy, and pretty, too ;o) I would like to repost this recipe on my blog along with your link to send my readers back here to visit you. Here is the link to my blog: http://www.mamaslittletreasures.com I am also participating in a Friday Foodie blog hop so will promote your blog there, as well. Have a great Friday! Nina @ mamas*little*treasures


mamas*little*treasures February 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Hi again ;o) I came back to see if you have a clickable button that I can feature on my sidebar to link my readers back here to your blog. I don't see one, so please let me know if you have something that would work for me to post. Thanks so much, Nina @ mamas*little*treasures


Rosi February 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Wow, Looks so sweet and romantic! I will probably try it in the nearest feature ! I would love to re-post your recipe on my blog if you allow me to.


halea February 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

has anyone ever tried these? we are doing a project in my foods class for valentines day, it has to be 75% red. so im probably just going to make it diffrent shades of red insted of having pink, and put red dye in the icing. i was just wondering if they are good & if theres anything out there, from the people that have made them, to try different to make the recipie better? and what size mason jars did you use, 6oz or 12oz to get the 27 circles because im planning to use 6oz, making sure if i have to double or tripple it? please write asap because our recipie is due soon and i want to try it before we do it!


Glory/ Glorious Treats February 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

So cute! You are actually featured on Tori Spelling’s blog today (but the images are mis-credited) here, http://torispelling.com/blog/post/foodista-sweet-treats-for-valentine-s-day


Christa February 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

What a great friend/blogger you are looking out for your fellow bloggers! Thank you for letting me know so I can correct them on the mis-credit. Always bums me out when that happens :(.
Thank you and happy baking my friend!


Jezica August 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

It’s so cute! I really wanna make this. Where did you buy your mason jars?


Christa October 11, 2013 at 8:20 am

Hi Jezica,
I buy my mason jars at Michael’s or JoAnn’s 🙂


Hillary May 31, 2014 at 6:27 pm

These looks super cute!! I’m just wondering what size mason jars you used?


Christa June 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

These are the small 8 oz. jelly jar size 🙂


Melissa Belgarde June 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

Hey Christa,

How far in advance do you think you could make these? I’m starting to plan out my daughters 1st birthday party and I thought this would be adorable to have!


Christa June 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

Hi Melissa,
You can make these 2 days in advance and either put the lids on the top or cover tightly with plastic wrap. Bring the cakes out at least 4 hours before the party to return the cake to room temp 🙂


Lisa January 17, 2015 at 1:01 am

I love your cuppy cakes…they are so cute. I plan on making these for my co-workers this Valentines Day. They love my baked goods. I hope mine come out as cute as yours. Thank you for sharing. Lisa


Selena February 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Can we use vanilla extract instead of the vanilla sugar?


Christa February 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Hi Selena,
Thank you for much for pointing that out. It is meant to say “extract” not “sugar”, so yes, you can definitely use vanilla extract 🙂 Good luck with the desserts and be sure to tag @minibaker on Instagram!


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