Baby Shower Desserts: Cupcakes in a Jar

Get creative with your baby shower dessert and serve your favorite red velvet cupcakes in a jar.

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These cupcakes in a jar are a charming and unusual way to serve individual desserts. It's as simple as layering cupcakes with frosting, and the jars make a terrific black canvas to decorate according to the party theme. First, we'll make a simple butter cream frosting. In a large mixing bowl, beat two sticks of softened butter with an electric mixer on medium high speed for 30 seconds. Add two cups of powdered sugar. When you mix in a large amount of powdered sugar like this, it's a good idea to start the mixer on low speed just until it's blended in. Add a quarter cup of milk, then increase the speed and beat until it's totally smooth. Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Now, add another two cups of powdered sugar and mix slowly to combine. Then, beat on high speed for two minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy. Put the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Or if you don't have a pastry bag, you can use a heavy-duty zip top plastic bag and snip the corner off. You'll need twelve fully cooled red velvet cupcakes, one for each jar. Remove the paper liners. Then, cut the cupcakes in half horizontally. Put the bottom halves of the cupcakes, cut side up, in twelve half-pint size mason jars. Pipe on some frosting, covering the cupcake completely. Now, add the cupcake tops, cut side down. And pipe on more frosting to top off the jars. Screw the lids on the jars. To wrap them as gifts, stamp a muffin on a square of fabric with an ink stamp, then seal the lid ring around the fabric, and wrap it with a bow.

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