Monday, May 7, 2012

handmade monday: cake in a jar wedding favors



This past weekend, I styled a wedding and it was such a whirlwind! More photos tomorrow :) Included in my duties that I volunteered for was making wedding favors. I recruited some help and together we made 100 "cake in a ball jar" favors for the wedding attendees. I've made these before in this post, but I adapted the steps this time to make it a little easier. 


Here's how we did it!

What you'll need:
((recipe yields 90-100 jars))
4 sheet cakes
lots of frosting - we're talking LOTS.
sprinkles
piping bag
food coloring
donut punch
ball jars
paper cut outs for the top with the couples monogram, cute saying, etc
baker's twine
wooden spoons

Prep:
Take all the lids off the jars and rinse if necessary. 
Measure the needed amount of twine around the jar & cut 100 
Buy more frosting than you think
Cut out your fabric, paper or whatever you're using for toppers

Ready? 

Step 1:
Take the middle ring out of the donut punch and punch a circle into the cake. Be gentle when removing cake circle from punch. 

Step 2:
Gently place the cake into the jar. I kind of had to roll it in, flip the jar upside down and then straighten it out and pushed it to the bottom.

Step 3:
Color your frosting to desired color (we did a light pink and light yellow) and place in piping bag. Put a layer of frosting on top of the first layer of cake - getting as close to the edge as you can.

Step 4:
Using the leftover cake and your sprinkles, put in kitchen aid and mix together to crumble.

Step 5:
 Using a spoon, place a layer of the sprinkle crumble on top of the icing layer. 
*We ran out of cake crumbles, so use sparingly or get an extra cake JUST for crumbles.*

Step 6: 
Using a decorative frosting tip (we used a star tip) and your piping bag again, put more frosting on top. Feel free to add more sprinkles or sanding sugar at this point for added cuteness. 

Step 7: 
Place the seal on top of the jar, then the decorative circle, and then the lid. Tie twine around the "neck" of the jar and tie it in a knot and slip the spoon in-between the jar and the twine.



Step 8:
Admire your work and style with a cutesy chalkboard with a corny, but adorable, saying.



love.

jars - hobby lobby
cake- walmart bakery of all places
donut punch - williams sonoma
wooden spoons - sucre shop

12 comments:

  1. Absolutely LOVE this! I'm keeping this idea in the mind bank for Kendel's wedding coming up next August!

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  2. What a perfectly sweet and adorable idea! :)

    <3 Daryl
    Roots, Wings & Other Things.

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  3. okay, this is beyond amazing!!! in love with the little spoons that go along with it too. yum!
    xo TJ

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  4. Is this a somewhat budget friendly project for a wedding?

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    1. it depends on how many you are making/if you get the jars with a coupon. since we were making 100 and needed so much cake (but no time to bake cake) it ended up costing about $2-3 a favor.

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  5. Fabulous tutorial! I LOVED it! And now I need me some cake. =)

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  6. i love this idea!! now to come up with a reason to do it!! maybe memorial day party?

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    1. oooo good idea! blueberry cake, white icing, and strawberries? :)

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  7. Such a pretty (and tasty) favor! Love the vintageesque photos. I really need to find me some dessert now.

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  8. Super cute idea for a wedding! I made cupcakes in a jar last year for teachers' gifts & they loved them! They ate them before school was out!

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  9. This is so cute! I've heard of these and seen pictures before, but I had no idea how people made them. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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