Decorating duo Aaron & Kara share their quick and easy way to use up the week’s cake decorating leftovers by making a delicious cake in a dessert jar (AKA mini trifles).
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You may love decorating cakes, but hate all the materials that go to waste at the end of a project. Pieces of cake, ganache, butter cream, cookies and candies.
Everything can be re-purposed. Nothing needs to end up in the trash. You may have heard of it cake pops out of your cake decorating pieces, but what if you don’t have the sticks?
Our favorite cake in a jar recipe:
It should be noted that the secret ingredient of these amazing mini trifles is LOVE! They should be personalized for the family member or friend you are serving.
For example, my niece loves frosting, so she should get a bigger helping of buttercream than her Nana, who hates frosting but loves raspberry jam. The suggested recipe that follows does not include quantities for this reason.
The fun part of this dessert is its container. Rather than a sloppy pile of leftovers on a plate, it’s a stack of delicious ingredients that create a cake parfait. If you can see them all, it’s much more attractive!
Mini Trifle Step by Step:
- #1: So start with a mason jar, an old jelly jar, a clear plastic cup, or even a mug if that’s all you have. For the best presentation, make a bow around the vase.
- #2: The first layer should always be – you guessed it – BUTTERCREAM. Because no one needs to see dry undressed bread at the bottom of the cup.
- #3: Add a layer of CAKE. The tops from the level of your cake make ideal scraps for the cake in a jar because you can cut perfectly formed circles from them with the jar itself or another circular object.
- #4: Throw in whatever FILLING you have left. Cherries, jam, cookies, old Halloween candy – just kidding, but not really kidding.
- #5: Continue the layer of BUTTERCREAM, CAKE, and FILLING.
- #6: Top with buttercream, then fresh fruit or some colorful candies or cookies.
This cake in a jar recipe also works with broken cookies and brownies instead of cake, if you’re more of a home baker than a pastry decorator.
In addition, if you are not the cleanest of decorators, somehow this dessert looks even better when it is all uneven and messy in the vase.
These mini trifles are ideal for holidays and events because they are portable and easy to re-theme, with the colors and toppers you use
How to customize this cake in a jar recipe for your family or friends? Let us know in the comments section!