We're getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July with everything red, white & blue. To top off the BBQ and festivities, we decided to make these adorable deconstructed mason jar cakes. They are relatively easy to make, and you'll have fun in the kitchen with your family. To start, make sure you've got all of your ingredients and tools. Here's a list of what you'll need:

  • 12 Mason Jars (a typical Mason Jar will hold about 4 cups of anything you're putting in it)
  • A standing mixer, or bowl and whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • 9x13 baking pan
  • Ribbon

The first thing you'll need to do is bake the cake so that it will have time to cool before you handle it. To make the cake, follow these easy instructions.

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup  white sugar
  • 1⁄2cup butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄2cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3⁄4teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2cup milk

Cake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla
  5. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well (tip! the more you beat/mix the mixture, the fluffier your cake will be)
  6. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth before pouring into the prepared pan
  7. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven (cake is done when it springs back to the touch)

Next, you'll need to make the frosting. For this dessert, you don't want a stiff frosting, so we need to add a bit more milk than usual. The idea is to drizzle the frosting over the cake as you layer in the ingredients.

Puor-able Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk (plus more if needed)
  • ½cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla or lemon extract (your choice!)

Puor-able Frosting Directions:

  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, stir butter well until very light and fluffy. A stand mixer works best
  2. Add in powdered sugar, stir until combined
  3. Add vanilla or lemon extract
  4. Slowly add in milk, one tablespoon at a time (mix well as you add milk)
  5. Stir after each addition of milk to see if it has reached a consistency that will pour (you want it to look thick, but a little runny)

Last, but not least, reconstruct your dessert!

Wash your strawberries before slicing or cutting them into chunks, and set aside in a bowl. Wash and strain your blueberries, then set those aside in a bowl as well.

Make sure your Mason Jars are clean and the cake has cooled. Spoon in the cake first, drizzling your pourable frosting over until it has mostly covered the cake with a healthy layer. Next, add the berries to the top, and continue alternating until you've reached the top of your jar.

Put the lid on, add a ribbon around the top, and enjoy!