lovely little DIY: rainbow mason jar cupcakes {wedding favor recipe idea}

{all images by jessica burke}

this little project was one of the easiest things ever. it’s a bit tedious to set up, but other than that, it’s pretty and colorful and fun - especially for a wedding favor or birthday party treat. here’s what you need to do!

white cake mix (or your favorite white cake recipe)
food coloring
4 small bowls
4-oz masons
white frosting
pretty sprinkles

1. mix up your white cake mix according to directions.
2. pour in to your separate bowls and add 1-2 drops of food coloring in each. stir well to mix the color.

3. pour about 3 -4 tablespoons of each color in to your mason jars, layering each color as you move up towards the top. leave about 1/4 cup of space towards the top of the jar to leave room for the cake to rise.
4. cook as directed, using a “water bath” as we did with the s’mores cupcakes
5. remove from oven and let cool off, then frost each cupcake and add sprinkles to your liking.

6. serve and enjoy!

my favorite part about this project was being able to see the pretty colors through the jar, but when you used a fork to take a bite from the actual cupcake, there was such a pretty “tie dye” effect inside, too!

  • Steph | bubblerock says on May 22, 2012 Reply

    Oh I adore this! What a great idea. Wonder if I could do something like this before Sunday… But I need mini mason jars and we can’t even find mason jars in NZ! :(
    BUT LOVE this idea!

  • Megan says on May 23, 2012 Reply

    These are adorable. I seriously am going to try this the next time I have an occasion. Thanks Jacin!

  • Kara says on May 23, 2012 Reply

    Oh thanks! I have been seeing these and thinking about making them though wondered how….

  • natalie says on May 23, 2012 Reply

    love this! wold be so cute for st. patricks day next year!!!

  • birdie to be says on May 23, 2012 Reply

    So pretty! I love these. Great for a Fourth of July too :)

  • Leslie says on May 23, 2012 Reply

    Love mason jars and it’s fun to see the many uses for them! Great idea and looks yummy :)


  • Lena says on May 24, 2012 Reply

    How darling!

  • Elizabeth | Bridal Musings says on May 29, 2012 Reply

    These are soooo darn cute!

  • Angela says on June 9, 2012 Reply

    ok, so I tried to make these gorgeous cupcakes and I have to say that I failed miserably. I used 4oz mason jars, but the short wide ones. The 2 colours I used mixed together and they rose up and over the sides of the jar making a complete mess. Any ideas of what I’ve done wrong and how I can fix?

    • jacin says on June 13, 2012 Reply

      hi angela! i’m sorry it didn’t work for you! make sure to leave enough room at the top of the jar for the cake to rise :)

  • Saskia says on July 22, 2012 Reply

    Wow, this is adorable and totally makes me want to start planing my baby girls 1st birthday party - also its more than 3 months until then. Had to share your post on my blog!


  • camille duridas says on September 21, 2012 Reply

    I look forward to receiving the bird necklace and earrings.

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