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5 from 3 votes

Cupcakes in a Jar Recipe

Cupcakes in a Jar are a fun make-ahead dessert made with layers of cupcakes and buttercream frosting. They're deliciously simple and perfect for any party or celebration!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredients, 30 minutes or less, cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 626kcal


  • 24 pint-sized Mason jars
  • piping bag or plastic ziploc bag with corner cut off


  • 12 cupcakes cooked and cooled
  • 6 cups approx favorite frosting
  • sprinkles


  • Carefully separate your cupcakes into 2 equal part by pulling the tops off the bottom.
    separating a cupcake
  • Place the bottoms of the cupcakes into the bottom of the Mason jars.
  • Pipe a layer of frosting on top of the cupcake.
  • Add the cupcake top to the jar on top of the frosting.
  • Pipe 1 more layer of frosting on top of the cupcake.
  • Add some sprinkles.
  • Put the lid on each jar and refrigerate or keep at room temperature until ready to serve.
    lids on jars filled with cupcakes


Calories calculated are not accurate and are dependant on the type of cupcake and frosting you use. 


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 87g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg