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Funfetti Cake in a Jar + A Special Anniversary

It’s party time! This Funfetti Cake in a Jar is made for celebrations!

Nothing could be more fun than this Funfetti Cake in a Jar. The easy recipe makes two perfect servings!

Today is a pretty special day around these parts. Five years ago, I hit publish on my very first post. I have to chuckle when I look back on it. I was just dipping my toes in the great ocean of cooking. I hadn’t yet discovered the secret to tender, flaky buttermilk biscuits or found my favorite, no-fail banana bread. I’d never made brownies from scratch, and if you’d told my poor, newlywed self I would one day cook a prime rib roast, I probably would’ve laughed at you.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I sent that first post out into the wild web five years ago. I was dangerous behind a camera back then–I mean, truly, embarrassingly dangerous. I knew nothing about reflecting light or f stops. I took pictures on our giant, burgundy trimmed dinner plates under florescent kitchen lights. I never would’ve imagined the situations I’ve found myself in over the years. Balancing on step stools, squeezed next to windows, setting up Jenga-like constructions to hold bounce boards and backgrounds.

Save this Funfetti Cake in a jar for your next party for two!

Back then, I didn’t know about the people I would meet, the friendships that would grow, the fellow bloggers who would become my coworkers, supporters, educators. I had no clue people from all over the world would visit NeighborFood–that someone other than my mom would actually read my words one day. I remember the first time a stranger actually commented on my blog. It felt like a tiny miracle.

In that sense, not much has changed. I still get a thrill every time someone leaves a comment saying they’ve made and loved a recipe I have posted. It continues to amaze me that at this moment, someone in England or Texas or the Philippines could be in the kitchen whisking flour and baking powder or frying up an onion to make one my recipes. My wish, and the heart and soul of this blog, has always been about bringing neighbors near and far together to make and eat and share delicious food. The fact that that’s happening today, all around the world, humbles and amazes me.

This Funfetti Cake for two is fun, sweet, and so easy to make!

I can’t begin to express my gratitude to all of you who read and comment and bake along with me. I get teary just thinking about you. I wish I could be celebrating with you at my table, but since that’s not possible, I made you cupcakes instead.

Nothing says celebration to me quite like Funfetti Cake. It’s bright and colorful and sweet, in the simplest, most innocent way. I wanted to do something a little different for my five year celebration, so I decided to scale back the recipe and bake it in individual sized jars. I know salad in jars are all the rage right now, but if you know anything about me, you know cake in jars is way more my style.

You don't need an excuse to celebrate with these easy Funfetti Cakes for two!

This cake takes one bowl and maybe 20 minutes to whip together. You can bake it in round or straight glass jars or even a tin can (yes, the kind that tomato sauce comes in). Topped with a small batch Vanilla Buttercream Frosting this Funfetti Cake in a Jar is ready for a party. You can share it with your sweetie or save both jars for yourself. Either way, I hope you’ll join the party. Thank you for making NeighborFood what it is. Let’s eat cupcakes and celebrate.

Funfetti Cake in a Jar

Prep Time 5 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 20 minsCook Time
Total Time 25 mins Total Time
Yields 2


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sprinkles

For the frosting

  • 4 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two small (half pint) canning jars.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar until it's lighter in color and a bit frothy. Add the butter, vanilla, and milk and whisk for another 30 seconds or so. Add the flour, baking powder, and pinch salt and whisk until just combined. Add the sprinkles and gently fold in with a spatula or spoon. Don't go crazy with the stirring here, or they'll run all over the place.
  3. Fill each jar about ½ full and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the jar comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, beat together the butter, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, about a ¼ cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cakes.


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  • Mary February 9, 2016, 11:29 AM

    Happy Anniversary….great, heartfelt post! Love the idea of cake in a jar…..portion control. Really enjoy your blog. Pinned. Happy Day!

  • Dolly Jones February 9, 2016, 10:10 PM

    What a cute and fun dessert! It’s so happy! Congratulations on your success–here’s to many more years of food-fabulous-ness!! <3

  • Nancy February 13, 2016, 2:27 PM

    It’s been five years?! Happy blogiversary, Courtney! What an incredible five years it’s been – you’ve absolutely flourished at photography, baking, cooking, blogging, and in life as well. Flying to exotic places for conferences, meeting amazing people (like moi) and of course, your sweet little man at home. I just know the next five years and beyond will hold even bigger and better things for you. I love these adorable cakes in jars and those candles are so cool!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood February 13, 2016, 3:11 PM

      I know! Can you believe it? It’s been an amazing journey. I am so thankful we got to meet through blogging and in person. What an odd, wonderful gift the Internet gave us. 🙂

  • London Brazil February 14, 2016, 12:05 PM

    Such a creative idea!! I love the colors and think it is the perfect recipe to celebrate 5 years. Congratulations!! I can’t wait to see what you do in the next 5 years 🙂

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