Friday, October 28, 2011

Candy Corn Cake in a Jar

Posted by Lori:
Our high school secretary asked me to help her out with a special treat for one of her husband's high school math classes.  It happened to be my daughter's class, so that made it kind of neat, too.  She decided to treat them at all of the holidays throughout the school year.

For the treat, I decided to do Candy Corn Cake in a Jar. I used clean 1/2 pint jars. They are the perfect size for one serving.


Place all of your jars on a baking sheet. (One cake mix will make 12.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix white cake mix per package directions. Divide cake into separate bowls and tint with Wilson gel icing colors.  Pour layers into jars.  I used a cookie scoop.  A small scoop for the yellow layer and a larger scoop for the orange layer.  (This will be about 1/3 cup of cake mix total per jar.)  You could leave some of the cake mix white, but I didn't have enough to do that, so decided the icing would be the white part.
Bake until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out mostly clean (a few crumbs is what I prefer so it's really moist). Mine took 28 minutes. Take cakes out and allow them to cool. Now either top them with the caps and rings them until ready to use or freeze until ready to use.
Top with white icing and sprinkles. I used homemade butter cream. (Here's my recipe as a guide.) Canned would work, too. I used a 10 M Wilton tip to decorate the top with icing. Note: You could do a small amount of icing before putting the rings and lids on then they would be ready to give to someone. The only thing is that the icing wouldn't be as generous of an amount as I've shown here.
The treats were a big hit with this group of high school juniors.  It's kind of neat how a special treat can make someone feel special and important to others.  The secretary said that all day she had kids coming up to her and thanking her for thinking of them.  She's special to them anyway, because she cares about them and they know it.  She didn't have to give them a treat for them to know that, but, it's kind of neat to hear how they responded to her kindness, isn't it?
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