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How to make cupcakes in a jar {teacher appreciation}

Posted by  ·  April 20, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 26, 2016

Hey Skip to My Lou fans! It’s Cheryl, aka TidyMom and I’m so excited to be here today……..I mean, Cindy IS kind of “a big deal” ya know, and I’m just flattered to be here to share my take on a teacher appreciation gift! Baked goods are what I usually use to bribe show my love and appreciation to others, so it only seemed fitting to work with cupcakes today…….

Cindy & Cheryl (Skip to My Lou and TidyMom)

Cindy & Cheryl

I just had to share this picture of me and Cindy ……..you see we talk ALL the time, but had never met, even though we live just 4 hours apart. So last month Cindy and her sweet family came to St. Louis for spring break and we got to meet up for lunch! It was like meeting an old friend, no small talk, you just jump right in like you had just seen each other yesterday………Cindy is every bit as sweet in person as she is online!

Ok…….back to business!

Teacher Appreciation

Nothing says appreciation like a cupcake!!…….no wait, maybe that’s my hips! lol Well, they appreciate cupcakes, and I’m pretty sure teachers do to- it’s usually in the handbook, right next to apples. So I though, why not apple cupcakes!!

Apple Caramel Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

These cupcakes in a jar are super easy and are sure to be all the envy in the teacher’s lounge.

For the cupcakes and frosting

  • Duncan Hines Apple Caramel Cake mix, follow directions right on the box for making cupcakes. (You can either spray your pans and bake with out liners, or remove liners later .)
  • Cinnamon Butter Cream (recipe below)

Cinnamon Buttercream

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons whipping cream (you can you milk, I just like whipping cream)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste (you can use vanilla extract, I just like fleck of vanilla in my frosting)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, milk and vanilla on medium low until smooth and combined (about 1-2 min), scrapping sides of bowl as necessary.
  2. Add cinnamon, then slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time on low until combined, scrape sides of bowl.
  3. Increase speed to medium, and beat for 1 min.
  4. Add corn syrup and beat on med high for about 30 seconds, then increase speed to medium high and beat for about 1 minute.

How to Make Cupcakes in a Jar

Cupcakes in a jar

What you need:

Lets get started:

cupcakes in a jar

start with dropping one cupcake inside the jar, then using your icing bag and tip, squeeze buttercream on top of cupcake………repeat until you have 3 layers. * I sprinkled a little cinnamon and sugar on the last layer of buttercream.

Now your ready to make it all look pretty!

Teacher appreciation cupcakes

That’s it ! You’re all set!

Don’t Forget to Thank a Teacher for all that they do!

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  1. Gloria
    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
    This looks great. Being a crafter, I would use different ideas about decorating my jars as well as your fun instructions. I wanted to know if you'd ever tried this with maybe a tablespoon or so of Canned Apple pie Filling? My husband is requesting this for work. I've also been ask to make for a shower. Not being fall yet, nor being able to find this cake mix, can you offer any other suggestions for how to make this? I'm really excited try this. It really sounds wonderful!
  2. Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
    A quality juicer that works well at lower speeds is the ideal
    type to look for. It comes with several features such as
    the following:. You might think that taking the time to juice your own fruit
    is time consuming and wasteful.
  3. Saturday, May 7th, 2011
    I made these for my kids' teachers...oh my word! They were adorable and the teachers LOVED them! Thank you SO much for the wonderful idea!

    Pictures of mine on my blog in this post: http://givesandtakes.blogspot.com/2011/05/teacher-appreciation-week.html
  4. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    FUN idea, Cheryl!! Teachers would be so grateful to receive a gift like this.
  5. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    Super cute and delicious too! Drooling......
  6. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    Finally! An idea I'm excited to use. This is just my style for a gift for the teachers. (and I'll probably try some, too!) Thank you!
  7. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    Cupcakes in a jar WITH A FORK! count me in. Amen.
  8. Brenda
    Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    just by changing the message and colors on the jar, this fantistic idea could be used for all sorts of gifts. Wonderful,clever and unique.
  9. jenn
    Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    Awesome~ I can't wait to make these! my son's preschools teacher will love it! thanks for sharing!!! I LOVE YOUR SITE by the way =)
  10. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    So stinkin cute! What teacher wouldn't just love to receive on of these?
  11. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    yes, you eat them out of the jar with the fork
  12. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    An adorable presentation and terrific picture! HOW FUN! I'm planning to meet two of my long-distance blog followers over the summer too. Great isn't it? Nice post.
  13. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    This is super cute (and tasty too!) but how would they eat this? In the jar itself with the fork? Not understanding that part.
  14. Thursday, April 21st, 2011
    Really cute! I think ANY teacher would love a sugary pick-me-up like this! And the picture with the books is too cute! Love it!
  15. rebekah
    Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
    super cute idea!!!!!! this will DEFINITELY go into my teacher thank you arsenal!!!
  16. Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
    I love this!!! Such a cute idea!! :)

    Yummy!!! :D I will share with my friends... Maybe! ;)