Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and if you're like me, you're just now thinking about what to do for your loved ones. Boxes of candy and flowers seems so tired, but sitting around cutting colored paper into beautiful cards isn't my speed either.
I am a big fan of baking and a fan of mason jars! I realize that's a strange combination, but I've been contemplating a mason jar project--a light fixture--and while searching the Internet for inspiration, I came upon the cutest Valentine's Day idea--cake-filled mason jars. As it turns out, you can use mason jars for all sorts of cooking projects--from quiche, to pie, or even salad! But the cake is perfect for Valentine's Day. Using red velvet cake and creamy white frosting, you can create self-contained gifts for your loved ones. Be sure to use a wide-mouthed jar so that it's easy to scoop out the goodness. You'll just add a red ribbon around the jar, and viola! This idea would also translate well for birthday parties, St. Patrick's Day, or any special occassion.
Simply spray the inside of the mason jar with cooking spray, fill with batter (about half way up the jar) and put it in the oven, while sitting in a water bath. The size of your jars will effect baking time, but just do a toothpick test when you think they might be done. And if they rise out of the jar, it's not a problem. You can simply cut off that top, cover with frosting, and close them up. Or, if you want to layer your cake with frosting, dump out the cooled cake, slice it, and put it back in the jar with frosting layers. Best of all, no one will argue about which "piece" they get, and they can be enjoyed over time since you can just put the top on the jar! Genius!
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