Friday, August 26, 2011

Jar Cake Desserts

I recently hosted an all day Scrapbook party.  Everyone was invited to begin at 10am and I determined we would have lunch around noon with snacks through out the day.  I wanted to have my lunch completed with minimal prep, so I could spend all my time with my guests.  Sub sandwiches are easy and we have done that in the past, so I decided on something warm.  I made spaghetti, salad and garlic bread for an entree since I knew we would be taking a break from scrapbooking as we ate and wouldn't have to worry about messy food.  I prepared the spaghetti before everyone arrived and kept it in the Crockpot on warm so that it was ready to serve when we were ready to eat.  I made the salad and stuck in in the fridge, so all I had to do to finish and get everyone eating was to bake the garlic bread.  For dessert, I wanted something that would do double duty and work for dessert after the meal, as well as a snack for later in the day. The dessert needed to be easy to serve and of course, tasty.  As I thought of possible options, I also decided I wanted to provide at least two choices.  I decided to serve two cake options using a frozen poundcake and serving in Mason jelly jars.  I prepared a strawberry shortcake and an ice cream cake dessert. 

Strawberry Shortcake
Sara Lee Pound Cake (or a homemade or deli poundcake)
Strawberry Gel
Fresh Strawberries
Whipped topping
Layer cake, strawberries, gel and whipped cream into a mason jelly jar.  Continue layering until jar is full.  Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.  Serve with a spoon.

Ice Cream Cake
Sara Lee Pound Cake (or a homemade or deli poundcake)
Ice cream of your choice (I used Breyers Blast Waffle Cone)
Chocolate syrup
Caramel topping
Whipped topping
Layer cake, ice cream, toppings and whipped cream into a mason jelly jar.  Continue layering until jar is full. Place in freezer until ready to serve. Serve with a spoon.

These desserts are very simple but make a cute presentation.  Best of all, they have an extremely quick prep time while being tasty, tasty, tasty.  There are many variations that you could use for the jar cakes and are only limited by your imagination.  These desserts can be made ahead and kept in your refrigerator for 2-3 days for the Strawberry shortcake or for the ice cream dessert, these could be kept for up to a week or longer.  Great after school snacks, if you want to sugar the kids up.

Parties that I am joining today with thanks to all the wonderful hosts.  Please visit. 

Full Plate Thursday

Foodie Friday

Just Something I Whipped Up

Home Sweet Home

Feathered Nest Friday

Show And Tell Friday

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Mmmm, those look so good, Anita! Great idea and the presentation is wonderful.

Miss Kitty said...

Oh!!! These look so yummy and easy! I think I will make them for a party I am having soon. Thank you so much for sharing! I saw your post over at "Show and Tell Friday".

Theresa said...

OH how YUMMY! I make a big cake similar to the shortcake recipe in a big bowl! I will have to try individual servings too:) Thanks for the recipe! HUGS!

SavannahGranny said...

OMG!! This looks fantastic. I am getting hungry just looking. What a neat idea. This is surely one that I will use in the future. Thanks for sharing, Ginger

Our Italian Kitchen said...

What fun individual desserts!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Jammi,
Strawberry Short cake is such a great dessert. I just love your presentation in a jar, it is adorable. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Jenny said...

I love desserts in a jar! What lucky guests you had!

Sherry said...

This is a very good idea. It looks so good too. Thanks for sharing this at Home Sweet Home!

Linda said...

Oh my those sure look good! Yummy!
I am a new follower. Thanks for the lovely compliments on my bee pillow.