What this? A post that isn't What Catie Wore? Shocking!
Ages ago I pinned this link from cakies for cupcakes in a jar.
These cupcakes in a jar are so unique and beautiful and I knew I wanted to make some but I also didn't have any jars and wasn't willing to buy them. Then I moved in with my Mother-in-law and she had a whole case of small canning jars, not as cute as the ones in the photo but not bad. I knew I wouldn't package mine as beautifully (those wooden spoons are so awesome) but they still turned out not too shabby.
Before we go any further, let me tell you my opinion of red velvet cake. I think it's stupid. The colour comes from nothing but a whole lot of food colouring and I've never understood the draw to them. I do know that lots of people love them and they're kind of gourmet for some reason so I made them to take to my husband's work bbq. After making them twice now they might be starting to grow on me.
As I mentioned above, I moved in with my in-laws but most of our stuff is in storage including my cake decorating supplies. I tried to make do but my first attempt wasn't really anything special. I had to use an icing tip that was too small, a ziplock bag for my icing but worst of all I didn't have my gel food coloring. Instead I used what was on hand, the liquid stuff. Those red velvet cupcakes were awfully pink. People forgave me though and ate them anyway and they were tasty.
Not too long after my cousin was having what I thought was a Dr. Suess themed baby shower (I think mine was the only red and blue item there). Red velvet cupcakes with blue cream cheese icing was perfect for the theme (think Thing 1 and Thing 2). This time I got proper food colouring and borrowed a proper tip and bag and the difference was surprising. I didn't take a photo of my first attempt because they weren't photo worthy (being very pink and all). Just compare my two different batches of batter. I knew I was in trouble with the pink stuff there just wasn't anything I could do about it.
I used Bakerella's recipe for the cake and it was delicious (much better than the last recipe I used), like I mentioned above, it's cream cheese frosting tinted blue.
Since they're kind of unique I added a label to the top so people would know what they were eating.
And a photo from the top so you can see the pretty swirled top.
I'll definitely be making these again, they're delicious and so pretty.
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