Monday, June 30, 2014

Red White and Blue Cupcakes in Mason Jars

A few days ago, as I was thinking of the upcoming July 4th party, I decided to bake Red White and Blue Vanilla Cupcakes with blueberries and strawberries, or any kind of Summer berries. What a great way to sweeten the holiday!

Being a big proponent of healthy eating, I used to fear using food coloring, but nowadays, there are so many natural food coloring available that I thought that it would be great to create fun and colorful deserts. After all, July 4th is coming only once a year! 

So I prepared the vanilla cupcakes batter, divided it into two halves, and mixed in the red color in one half and the blue color in the other half. Then I filled 6 paper lined muffin cups with the red batter and another 6 paper lined muffin cups with the blue batter. And continued baking the cupcakes according to the recipe - baked at 350 degrees for about 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
About 3-5 minutes after I took the cupcakes out of the oven, I transferred them to the cooling rack and let them cool completely (about 1 hour).

While the  cupcakes were cooling down, I made Vanilla buttercream and left it white.
Once the cupcakes were completely cooled, I removed the paper lining and cut the cupcakes in half ~ I thought that I would use a red bottom of one cupcake and a blue top from another cupcake or vice versa.
Then it was time to decorate ~ the best part!

1. Cupcakes in Mason Jars
I love using mason jars not only for canning, but also as drinking glasses, as candle holders, and individual cake containers.

2. Cupcakes in wine glasses. Well, why not?
A nice surprise at the bottom of the glass ~ before stacking up the cupcakes, I put 1/2 tsp Strawberry Jam at the bottom of the glass. It paired very well with the cake and buttercream!
3. Cupcakes on a plate, the old fashion way
This one is Cupcake for Two to share -
Cut two cupcakes in four pieces each. Simply layer the pieces alternating the colors, and frost after each layer.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe July 4th celebration!

xo, Zuma A.
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