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Vanilla Cupcake in a Jar, next to a bottle of Neilsen-Massey vanilla extract and a bowl of sprinkles
45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake Time

Vanilla Cupcakes in a Jar

  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

About the bake

This is such a sweet gift idea! Our vanilla cupcakes in a jar make a fantastic treat. Hand tied with a ribbon and a 'thank you' note, these cupcakes in a jar will be sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.

45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    First make the cake. Preheat the oven to 190ºc/170ºc fan/Gas 5. Grease and line a square 20cm/8 inch tin. 

  2. Step 2:

    Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then bake for 25 minutes. To test if it's baked, insert a skewer to the middle, if it comes out clean it means it's ready. If not, just keep baking until it is. 

  3. Step 3:

    When the cake is cooked allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.

  4. Step 4:

    To make your buttercream, mix together in a clean dry bowl the icing sugar. butter, milk and vanilla bean paste. 

  5. Step 5:

    When you are ready to make the cupcake jars. Cut circles from your cooled cake with the cutter and then divide into quarters. They will easily fit through the neck of the jar to be reassembled within.

  6. Step 6:

    Once the cake layer is in the jar, add a table spoon of jam and then pipe the buttercream on top of that. Top with another layer of cake, then jam and then buttercream. Finally add the lid of the jar and tie a ribbon around the jar neck. 


  • For The Cake

    • 150g Butter (unsalted)
    • 150g Silver Spoon Caster Sugar
    • 150g Allinson's Self Raising Flour
    • 3 Eggs (medium)
    • 1 tsp Baking powder
    • 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For The Buttercream

    • 115g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 125g Silver Spoon Icing sugar
    • 1 tbsp Milk
    • 1 tbsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
  • For the Middle

    • 2 tbsp Raspberry jam


  • 2x Glass jars with lids
  • 20cm 8in cake tin
  • Ribbon

Nutritional Information

per 332g
  • 1573cal Energy
  • 93g Fat
  • 57g of which Saturates
  • 168g Carbohydrates
  • 132g of which Sugars
  • 12g Protein
  • 1.1g Salt

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