Easter Recipe: Cupcakes In Jars

Serving desserts in jam jars continues to be a hot trend in the food world in 2013. The ever popular cupcake is still in hot demand, and this version sees it deconstructed and layered up for a super pretty result.I've used pastel shades of icing to give them that Easter feel and of course a few little sprinkles.

Perfect for a dessert with a difference or stick a lid on and give as gifts - it seals in the moisture so will last seven days.

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Serves: 8 (approx)

Ingredients: For the sponge

Thinly-sliced Unsalted butter, soft: 125g

Caster sugar: 125g

Eggs: two

Self-raising flour: 150g

Ingredients: For the frosting

Thinly-sliced Unsalted butter, soft: 250g

Icing sugar : 500g

Milk: 1 tbsp

Gel food colouring

Ingredients: To decorate

Easter sprinkles

Small jam jars with lids : 8, washed and dried


  1. 1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4, grease and line a 20cm cake tin. In a mixer combine the butter and sugar. Once this is pale and fluffy, add the eggs one by one.
  2. 2. Add the flour, and once this has all mixed up spoon into the cake tin and bake for 25 minutes. Once the cake is firm but springy to the touch, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. 3. In a bowl combine the butter with the icing sugar and milk, and once this has mixed well and become fluffy divide into three equal portions and mix through the different food colourings, building up the desired shades gradually.
  4. 4. Get ready to assemble! Put out your jars, making sure they've been scrubbed clean to within an inch of their lives.
  5. 5. Break your cake into crumbs in a bowl - use a blender/processor if you have one. Put each icing shade into disposable piping bags with nozzles of your choice and your sprinkles at the ready.
  6. 6. Start with a layer of cake, pipe in a layer of icing right to the edges, then repeat until you end up with a layer of icing just under the level of the top of your jar. Add sprinkles. Seal your jar with a lid.