{Guest} Post: Hilari with Be Sweet

I am so excited to have sweet friend, Hilari with Be Sweet as a guest blogger sharing a super cute 4th of July Mason Jar Treat idea for you, so let's get started! Headshot (small)

Here is a quick bio on Hilari:

With a love for sweet treats, yummy recipes, creative entertaining, and adding joy to life, Hilari Schaefer is a lifestyle blogger focusing on all things “happy.” Born and raised in Cedarburg, WI, Hilari now calls Nashville home. She attended Vanderbilt University, fell in love with the South, and decided she just couldn’t leave. This summer, she is taking a little break from her "normal life" and is working in NYC for Martha Stewart Living, fulfilling her childhood dream! She loves all things happy, perfect bows, to-do lists, broken in cowboy boots, family, white sand beaches, snail mail, the color yellow, tea lights, her fabulous man- Grant, chocolate peanut butter brownies, and a good bottle of prosecco.

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The 4th of July is just 6 days away! I’m not sure about you, but I need something super simple and just as cute to bring along to picnics and parties next Thursday! You can’t go wrong with cupcakes, but I wanted to step it up a notch, while still keeping it easy. I’ve also been wanting to do something with mason jars for the longest time, so this was the perfect opportunity! These mason jar mini cakes will be sure to wow your guests and keep the kids happy!

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How-To: Mini Mason Jar Cakes

{Disclaimer: Yes, I am using boxed cake mix, and yes, sometimes you just need to keep it semi-homemade. There is nothing wrong with it!}

Step 1- If you’re using boxed cake like I did, prepare the batter according to the directions. However, if you have a favorite cake recipe, by all means, make it!

Step 2- Divide the batter into 2 bowls. Using food coloring, color one bowl red and the other bowl blue.

Step 3- Bake accordingly.

Step 4- Let cool completely. Once cool, place both cakes onto a cutting board or countertop. Using a circle cookie cutter that fits into the mason jar opening {or knife}, cut out circles of each colored cake. I used a measuring cup to trace a knife around because none of my cookie cutters were small enough. Be sure the cookie cutter fits into the jar, otherwise the cake circles won’t fit! You will need an even number of both.

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Step 5- Place one cake circle in the bottom of each jar. I chose blue as my base color.

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Step 6- Make icing, or use store bought. I made a cream cheese icing, but any kind will do! Vanilla buttercream would be delish! I simply used a Ziploc bag and cut the corner off to pipe the icing on top of the blue cake. Use enough icing to make a complete white layer.

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Step 7- Place the other cake circle {red} on top of the icing layer.

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Step 8- Pipe icing on top of the second layer. In my case, this filled the jar to the top. If you’re using larger cups, continue this pattern until you reach the top of the jars.

Step 9- Add sprinkles, white chocolate chips, or any decorations you’d like! I used washi tape to create the cute cupcake topper.

 

Step 10- If traveling, place the mason jar lids on top, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to go.

 

Tip: These can be made 1-2 days in advance! Keep the stress and rushing around down by prepping these a couple days ahead of time! To make them even cuter, I placed the top on, then a matching cupcake liner, then the twisty part of the lid. That way, you don’t see the shiny metal, but they still look pretty!

 

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Enjoy the holiday ahead! I hope it’s full of food, friends, family and fun!

 

 

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