Mason jar cupcakes are perfect for picnics, care packages, and school lunches! Pack these single serving mason jar cupcakes for a special treat anywhere!
For years I volunteered for an organization that connected civilians with deployed soldiers to provide the soldiers with support during their deployment. I started as a supporter sending letters and packages and then worked my way up to volunteering as an adoption admin. It was rewarding work and I was sad when I had to leave it for personal reasons. But when the new interim CEO called and asked me to come back she had no idea she was answering a silent plea to the universe to give me a little something to do for others. What a great way to get back into giving back!
Supporting a soldier is a huge time commitment, one that I really don’t have the time for these days, but being able to help behind the scenes to connect soldiers with civilians willing and able to support them is so rewarding! It does throw me back to the way back days when I was creatively packing boxes for birthdays and holidays and just to get my soldier through the brutally hot summer months.
My first soldier was obsessed with peanut butter cookies and couldn’t say enough good things about them when I’d send them over! They were by far the most requested item for any care package but when his birthday rolled around I couldn’t send just cookies. There had to be cake! Thanks to the magical wonder of the internet I learned just how easy it was to make cake in a mason jar! Super simple and seals itself if done right so the cake arrives fresh and delicious.
I used to send it over in the biggest jars I could find and that was all well and good when he wasn’t planning on sharing for his birthday and I wasn’t planning on making him. But it occurred to me that I could do the same thing only in smaller portions that could be shared among a unit or bunk for holidays and special occasions. The littlest jam jars make perfect cupcake portions and when sealed and wrapped right will make you the talk of the camp.
These individual servings make a great way to send a homemade dessert to school with your littles, too. So long as glass containers aren’t against the rules! If you’re sending these to school with the kiddos then you can go ahead and add the frosting of your choice before adding the lid and ring. If you’re sending these in the mail then send a canned frosting instead. Sorry, but food safety prevails over homemade deliciousness in this case.
Have you ever sent goodies in the mail or supported a deployed soldier?
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 large egg white
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees then sift together sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa into the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Whisk together oil, milk, egg white, and vanilla and slowly pour into the mixer set to low. Mix until just combined.
- Prepare small 4oz mason jars with butter and flour or cooking spray and fill with batter just to the bottom of the threads.
- Reduce oven temp to 325 and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.