Monday, September 23, 2013

Giant Jars of Cake

Jars of Cake - Flotsam of the Mind

You read that right--giant jars of cake. What's not to love?

I hosted a rare grown-up party this weekend, and I wanted to spend my party prep doing only things I enjoy. This meant I opted to make all the desserts--three kinds of cake (and pizzelles too). We had seen the jar o' cake idea at a corporate event we attended, and both my husband and I thought it would be a fun dessert for a casual lawn party. I Googled and scoured Pinterest for suggestions but couldn't find anything on-topic, so I made it up myself.

Jars of Cake - Flotsam of the Mind

I bought these large glass jars on sale at Target. They were perfect--attractive and wide-mouthed, and they seal nicely to keep the contents fresh.

A week and a half before the party, I baked double recipes of each kind of cake--Lemon with Lemon Icing, Red Velvet with White Chocolate Amaretto Frosting, and Devil's Food with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. I baked all of them as cupcakes, let them cool, and placed containers upon containers of cupcakes in the freezer.

Jars of Cake - Flotsam of the Mind

The day before the party, I made the frostings, frosted the frozen cupcakes, and let them defrost. Then I smashed them. Every single one of them, frosting and all. It was messy, but I got to lick my hands when I was finished. I used a dry erase marker to label the contents of each jar.

At the party, I lined up all three jars with long-handled serving spoons and offered vanilla ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauces, and whipped cream as toppings. It was a hit.

Jars of Cake - Flotsam of the Mind

I liked being able to choose my own portion size, mixing and matching cakes, and eating out of a bowl rather than having to sink my teeth into a messy frosted cupcake. While I had a hard time deciding among the three flavors, I think my favorite was the devil's food--it was the least healthy, contained the most butter, and was incredibly moist and delicious. Hooray.

Smashing the cupcakes added an extra step to dessert prep, but it was a fun one. I loved that I didn't need to frost the cupcakes beautifully, since I would be smashing them to bits. Give it a try sometime. You know you want to smash six cakes in an afternoon. Just think how messy your hands will get....