Friday, 15 February 2013

DIY Red Velvet Cake in a Jar

Free Vintage cake label download

Fun, beautiful and simply alluring.  
Red velvet cake has become increasingly popular recently. I had never heard of it until last year and stumbled upon my first at a local Brisbane Cafe. I was instantly attracted to the bright red moist cake with the contrasting white cream cheese frosting. 
Cakes in a jar are not a new concept, however they have only recently come into the spotlight. Cakes are able to be cooked in a jar and then sealed shut. These cakes can last in the jar long enough to be sent overseas to soldiers serving their country. Now thanks to websites such as, these pretty cakes have become more popular. This DIY tutorial however is not for a cake baked in the jar. Instead the cake is cooked before being placed inside so that cream cheese frosting is able to be layered within. 

The perfect gift for that special someone with a sweet tooth.

What you will need and how to DIY:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

*cake mix: $5
1 box of red velvet cake mix with frosting or a recipe for red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting recipe. 1 square or rectangle lined and greased tin.

2. Place cake mix in the tin making only a thin layer around 3cm high. 
3. Place in oven and bake for 5-7minutes. The mixture will bake fast as it is a thin layer so keep a close eye on it.

4. Remove from oven and tin and allow to cool before moving on to the next step.

1 Clean Glass Jar. This one was from Kmart, however any will work fine.

5. Make sure your jar is clean and ready for your cake.

6. Place the lid from the jar on the cake and use it as a template to cut out circles. Cut out as many as you can.
I used the lid as a template to ensure the cut out pieces could fit into the jar as the opening of the jar was smaller than the body.

2 Piping bags, 1 large round piping nozzle, 1 large Star piping nozzle.

7. Fill the two piping bags and nozzles with cream cheese frosting.

Placing the piping bag into a cup with the end of the bag over the cup makes it easier to place frosting inside and keeps things clean.

8. Place a circle of cake into the jar.
9. With the round nozzle piping bag, create a generous layer of cream cheese starting from the outside and circling towards the middle. 
10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you are close to the top. Leave at least 5cm from the top for the top layer of icing. 

11. On top of the last layer of cake, create a swirl of frosting using the star shaped nozzle. Make this as large as possible.
12. Add sprinkles of your choice to the top swirl.

Brown twine, Craft Glue and a Red Velvet Cake In A Jar label.

13. Place the lid on the jar and close tightly.
14. Wrap the twine around the lid several times and tie a bow.

15. Using the craft glue, stick the label onto the jar.
Download the RED VELVET CAKE IN A JAR label for free HERE.



- Caro

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