I wanted to make an easy and inexpensive gift for
all of the amazing people that help make Jason's life
easier on Administrative Professionals Day.
But most of all, I didn't want to go to the store.
So I gathered supplies from around the house
(mind you, my house is better stocked than most craft stores)
and got to work.
First I enlisted the help of my appropriately attired sous chef.
Thankfully I had just enough left over jars from the last time I made them.
I have found that this particular size works best.
They are the exact same diameter as my standard cupcake pan.
Each one fits two cupcakes and plenty of frosting.
Usually when I make cupcakes I like to use paper liners and
only make 18 per box because bigger cupcakes are better, right?
But for the mason jars, I skip the liners
(then I don't have to take them off and there
are no ridges showing in the jars)
and I spray the cupcake pans with Pam.
I also make 24 cupcakes which work perfectly for the dozen jars
that I am using, as well as the size that fits best inside.
While the cupcakes were baking I made the frosting.
I am an admitted frosting snob and can't resist a good buttercream.
But for these I needed something special. I had no chocolate in the house,
(It has been recently devoured by post-Lent-sugar-deprived yours truly)
so I grabbed my iced blended powder and
dissolved one scoop into the milk before mixing.
This happy accident might just be my new favorite version.
Here is the C&H 5 minute buttercream recipe I use:
1 box powdered sugar
1 stick salted butter at room temp.
1/4 cup milk
1 tea. vanilla
Combine and beat until creamy.
Now you have no excuse to by frosting at the store again!
snip a hole and pipe it into the jars.
Put another cupcake on top of the first layer of frosting,
add even more frosting,
screw on the lid.
In my mind I wanted to use oilcloth for the toppers like these,
but that would require me actually having it.
Instead I cut 5 inch squares of cupcake fabric,
ironed Heat 'n Bond to each one to make them sturdier,
used my pinking shears to add cuteness,
wove ribbon through,
done for only about $1.50 each.
Technically I am an unpaid administrative assistant to Jason.
Aren't all wives?
So I might just be keeping one for myself.
Is that wrong?
Edited to add:
I have shipped these cupcakes, nicely snuggled in a Priority Mail box and they have survived. I have done a bit of checking and they are rumored to be "shelf stable" for up to 7 days. So feel free to bake up some happiness and send it across the miles.