Sweet Magazine - Cake Jar

A Jar… of Cake.

Is it trifle? Is it sweet lasagne? Does it matter?

Love them or hate them, we think that Cake Jars are a gorgeous treat, the perfect gift, and a sweet thank you gift for a wedding or party bomboniere! Say goodbye to cake in napkins and serve your guests the prettiest take home slice of cake after your next party.

One of the biggest complaints for dessert in jars is that they’re difficult to eat – so choose a jar that has straight sides and an opening the same width as the jar. You and your guests will get every last crumb of delicious! We’ve used a Ball Mason Quilted Jam Preserving Jar.

How To Make Your Cake Jar

Sweet Magazine - Cake Jar

It’s pretty self explanatory, check out our video below!

You’ll need jars, cake, and your fillings of choice. We’ve gone for classic vanilla and strawberry but there are tonnes of flavour combinations that work well and look beautiful. If you’re short on time, rather than making your own fruit filling, find a good quality conserve and thin with water. Don’t microwave it, or you’ll melt your buttercream!!

Flavour combinations:

  • Vanilla Buttercake, Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Strawberry Conserve (we made this!)
  • Red Velvet, Cream Cheese Frosting, Raspberry Puree
  • Chocolate Cake, Peppermint Buttercream, Chocolate Fudge
  • Flourless Orange Cake, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Fresh Orange Segments
  • Vanilla Buttercake, Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate Ganache
  • and so many more!

Our tips:

  • Keep it rustic, perfect layers and buttercream are achievable – but it will take you forever and any mistakes will stand out like a sore thumb.
  • Save your offcuts and freeze to use for cake pops.
  • Tie a cute tag with a thank you message for your guests, and include some ideas for re-using the jar (tea lights, pens, flowers…)
  • Save one for yourself, you’ll need a treat after you’ve made 30!


Rustic Wooden Labels

These labels are too easy to make, and they look beautiful tied to your cake jars with some kitchen twine!

Top Left – Take a strip of balsa wood – you can grab some from Bunnings, your local craft or art shop, Lincraft or Spotlight.

Top Right, Bottom Left – Measure your label size and use a scalpel to score the wood before gently snapping the piece at the score line.

Bottom Left – Create a hole to tie your label, we’ve cut a small heart. Pop out the shape and tidy up any ragged edges with your scalpel and you’re done.

Bottom Middle, Bottom Right – You can write on balsa wood with a pen or pencil. Texta ink will soak in to the wood and you may not get the look you’re after.

Rustic Wooden Labels - Sweet Magazine


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