It's Spring and the perfect time to share this "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers. With the jar carved from a sheet cake and cupcakes for the flowers, it's a very easy, impressive cake! Keep reading for a picture tutorial and details!
I made this Mason Jar Cake back in 2016. And for whatever (dumb) reason, I never posted it on the blog. But recently something triggered my memory and I decided I wanted to share the cake. Even if my pictures aren't my best work.
When I started combing through my thousands of pictures looking for the original, I actually discovered that I'd taken a few step-by-step tutorial pictures when making it. Again, they aren't my best work but for anyone hoping to make a cake like this, I think they'll be helpful to you.
So let's get started and I'll show you how I made the cake...
"Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers
First, you're going to need a sheet cake for the jar. I used this alphabet pan to bake my cake, but you could use any size/shape sheet cake that will work for you. I'd think a 9x13 cake pan would be a pretty common size that most cake decorators will have and will work great.
Because the alphabet pan comes with the squares used to make different letters, I used a couple of them to make the rough jar shape. Again, if you don't have this pan, you can easily just carve out the jar shape from a rectangle.
Using the alphabet pan gave me a slightly skinnier/taller "jar", but personally I don't think it would be a big deal for your jar to be wider and shorter as long as you have a recognizable shape.
Even with the pan I used, I still had to do some carving:
I cut off the sharp corners and all of the top edges to get a more rounded finish. My favorite knife for carving cake is this watermelon knife. After the cake was trimmed, I popped it into the freezer for 20-30 minutes to firm it up before frosting.
Then I mixed up the pale blue vanilla frosting and covered the cake. I used Viva paper towels to smooth it and round off the edges. For the color, I'm pretty sure I used a tiny drop of Americolor Teal gel coloring.
I don't have pictures of piping the cupcakes, but you can see me piping rose cupcakes in this post. After decorating them with an Ateco #825 tip and some with a #104 petal tip, I used a dot of buttercream to attach them to the board above the jar.
And that was that... an easy, impressive "Having a Ball" Mason Jar Cake with Flowers!
If you have any questions about this cake, please leave me a comment and I'll answer if I can!
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