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.
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

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


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.


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


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

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

    <3 Daryl
    Roots, Wings & Other Things.

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

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

  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!

  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!

  10. Perfect as wedding favors. I'm sure everyone will love this. Visit our blog Unique Wedding Favour Ideas


comments are fun. leave one if it's nice.