I've been obsessed with cake in a jar for awhile now. These single serving cakes are first of all delicious and can be made in a variety of flavors, but also because they're adorable and come in handy for so many different occasions.
I like to send them to friends and family members that I can't be with to celebrate birthdays, and give them as treats to my children's teachers or others for whom I want to give a small token of thanks. Since each one contains just one serving, they also can save you from devouring an entire cake ... as easily, anyway. Here's a recipe for red velvet cake in a jar that will blow your mind adapted from Cakies.
Red Velvet Cake in a Jar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
For the cream cheese frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
2 tsps vanilla extract
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
Beat together all frosting ingredients until creamy.
For the Cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two muffin pans with baking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 17 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Once cupcakes are cool, slice them in half horizontally into tops and bottoms.
Image via Rachel From Cupcakes Take the Cake/Flickr