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Tuesday
Mar232010

Sweeter than Preserves: Cupcakes in a Jar from Cupcake Carousel

Cupcakes in a jar are basically the best thing ever. They're cute, they're a delightful novelty, they come in reusable packaging, and they ship amazingly well. And--bonus!--shipping them in a jar not only protects the cake but seals in the moisture. Yes indeed--I'm firmly convinced that this is the way to go when shipping cupcakes.

But if you're not into that whole DIY thing (don't worry, it's ok) there's someone who will do it for you: Cupcake Carousel, a custom-order "we will ship cupcakes in a jar for you" business based in Madison, WI. 

Recently owner Sarah, an avid baker who has "been baking since I was pretty much old enough to stand", citing that "Ever since burning my fingers on my easy bake oven, I was hooked" sent a batch of these sweet cakes over to the CakeSpy headquarters for us to sample--this was a hard task, but we put ourselves to it with due diligence.

First off, the parcel opened to sweetly wrapped rows of cupcakes in mason jars--everything was very secure. 

and each little jar came tied with a cute ribbon and--this kills me--a mini spoon! (see top picture for a visual) I may or may not have cooed a little.

Opening the jar, the cupcakes had fared amazingly well through the shipping--the frosting was hardly smudged, thanks to the firm bases and protective glass layer encapsulating each one.

And even after several days of transit time and a two days of refrigeration (they arrived while I was still in Minneapolis), they were still surprisingly moist. Not as moist as if I ran over for a just baked treat from the local bakery, but amazingly moist for cakes that had been baked several days before--and, importantly, not stale tasting. 

For me though, the standout was the chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream: 

rich chocolate cake topped with a healthy dollop (and middle layer! yes!) of a very buttery and silky buttercream, sweetly flecked with little bits of madagascar vanilla bean.

To order, visit the Cupcake Carousel website; for more info on the day-to-day goings-on, check out the Cupcake Carousel blog!

Reader Comments (11)

Hi there. I just made these cupcakes in a jar for my sons teachers luncheon for tomorrow. They are super easy to make and are so delish. I made chocolate fudge cupcakes, oreo fluff filling and mocha butter cream frosting.

I used two cupcakes per jar and they came out great.

Check out my blog for pictures.

Stace
http://smooresdelights.blogspot.com/

March 23 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

AMAZING idea to ship them in a jar. I am currently starting on my research to start up my baked goods business online. I need ideas that can help with the problems faced when shipping. And the whole DIY thing is a plus for me. Customizing is the way to go. Keep up the good work.

March 23 | Unregistered CommenterApril

OK FIRST I'M GNNA START OFF SAYING THAT IN LA THEY MAKE THIS 10X BETTER SADLY I DONT LIVE IN LA BUT I WAS WATCHING UNWRAPPED ON THE FOOD NETWORK AND THEY SHOWED THIS AND THEREFORE MY FRIEND CAME OVER AND WE MADE A MESS BAKING CUPCAKES CUTTING THEM PUTTING IN THE JAR N FROSTING I THINK I MAY STILL HAVE BUT PASSOVER CLEANING A LOT OF THINGS GET THROWN OUT OK SO BYE

March 23 | Unregistered Commentercookie

Clever girl this Sarah is! I have the pleasure of being able to sample her cakes quite often as I am in the Madison area. They are always top shelf!

March 24 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

Adorable idea! I also just started a small business and this is a great idea! and they look so stinkin cute! how can you go wrong with that!

March 24 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Dear Door A Jar,
POI-FECT! I love this idea. I don't live in the same town as the fam and often want to give them goodies for special occasions.. now this will be the way to get them to them and be cute too.
Love,
You Kow How I feel About Cute In NE

March 24 | Unregistered CommenterRae

Thanks to everyone who read the post and commented!!

If you have any questions at all please let me know! I think it's important to support one another!!

Sarah

March 24 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Congrats on this great review, Sarah!!! I'm going to pass this link and your website along and I hope others will, too! :-)

Now I want cupcakes!

Good luck and keep putting out this deliciousness!!!

March 24 | Unregistered CommenterMoggy

yummy..i like it

I want those little spoons! I want them rather badly in fact. Where Oh Where did they come from? I make treats to give away quite a lot and would love to be able to add spoons.

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