Red Velvet Wedding Cake In A Jar

Red Velvet Wedding Cake In A Jar – layers of red velvet cake, almonds, whipped cream and fresh strawberries in individual mason jar servings! | foxeslovelemons.com
This is the post where I tell you about my wedding, and then mash a wedding cake into a jar. If you don’t like weddings (what’s wrong with you?), you’ll probably want to click away now. No cake for you.

Five years ago this week, Jeff and I got married. Our wedding and reception were at the University of Michigan, where we met. It rained all morning and threatened to ruin everything (good luck, I hear?), but cleared up by the time of the ceremony. My best friend spent some of her morning discretely bandaging my feet from the blisters my rehearsal dinner shoes had given me. Another friend was our officiant. Still other friends dressed up in pretty dresses and [weird] rental suits and stood up there with us.

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I wore blue shoes, which our wedding photographer was majorly obsessed with.  I carried sweet but sort of odd orchids that cost as much as the rest of the wedding flowers combined. My mom and I talked my dad into paying for them (seriously, like he was going to get out of it).

 

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The vows took 5 minutes, and then it was party time. Well, first it was picture time. Picture time, where I promptly sat in bird poo on a bench. Anybody who thinks a wedding day is glamorous hasn’t watched a new husband use a Shout wipe to get bird poo off his bride’s dress. After the stain removal, THEN, it was party time.

 

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Before dinner, we cut the cake. We chose red velvet, because apparently I’m a southern belle at heart (except no, not really at all). I never trust other people to make cream cheese frosting, because it’s always too sweet, so we had fluffy white frosting instead. There was also a layer of strawberries in the middle of each piece of cake, because why not? Our wedding paparazzi / loved ones stared at us and laughed, because the cake cutting didn’t exactly go as smoothly as it could have.

 

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Because our cake had ribbons around the bottom of each tier, we seriously had no idea how to cut this thing. We couldn’t just slide the knife all the way from top to bottom of a tier, and we hadn’t had any pre-discussions about the best way to attack this. Jeff, being the engineer, gave it a stare down and tried to figure it out. Ultimately, we cut the most awkward chunk out of it ever, fed each other a bite and called it good. And you know what? Even though it was my wedding day, it still felt weird eating dessert before dinner.

 

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After dinner and another cake (this one delivered to my Grandpa, as it was also his birthday), we danced the night away to the live band. Being late June in a historical building, it got a bit hot in there from tearing up the dance floor. My Dad’s friends tried to crank open the 100-year-old windows and promptly got yelled at by the building staff. I laughed.

 

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When I needed a break from the dancing, I grabbed a piece of cake (that one bite before dinner wasn’t enough!) and a glass of red wine and sat down with our wedding planner to take a breather. Possessing the Type A personality that is totally necessary to be a wedding planner, she freaked out and had a minor panic attack about all the red food and beverage that a bride in a white dress was consuming. I laughed again.

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With this being the week of my 5th anniversary, I decided to smush our wedding cake into a jar. The red velvet cake and strawberries of course had to be in there. I swapped the cake frosting out for some lighter whipped cream, and added some almonds, just for crunch. Give it a try for a special occasion, or just any day where you want to feel like a southern belle.

Red Velvet Wedding Cake In A Jar – layers of red velvet cake, almonds, whipped cream and fresh strawberries in individual mason jar servings! | foxeslovelemons.com

Red Velvet Wedding Cake In A Jar

Yield: Makes 1 pint-sized jar (which is large enough to serve 2 people). Multiply amounts depending on how many jars you want to make.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small unfrosted red velvet cupcakes (use a box mix, homemade recipe, or store-bought cupcakes)
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream (store-bought or homemade chantilly cream), divided
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Crumble 1 cupcake into bottom of jar. Add 1/2 cup whipped cream, strawberries and almonds, in layers. Crumble remaining cupcake over almonds, then top with remaining 1/4 cup whipped cream. Grab a friend or loved one, 2 spoons, and enjoy.

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82 comments

  1. Great wedding story, photos and scrumptious idea for dessert in a jar! (As well as wedding cake.)

    Despite the tiny hiccups of threatening rain et al, looks like you really did have a beautiful party. Happy anniversary!

  2. Those are beautiful memories Lori, you were a gorgeous bride! The orchids are perfect with those shoes. I love how you put your wedding cake in a jar, great flavors there! Here, bird poo is good luck, in addition to the rainy wedding day… so you have double luck it seems!

  3. Great story, Lori. Too bad they didn’t make edible ribbon! Love red velvet cake and it sounds so good with strawberries!

  4. Yummy! Great story about your wedding. Sounded fun!

  5. I love red velvet, and the addition of strawberries and almonds, it must taste so delicious!!

  6. Yummy!

  7. Loved all your wedding photos, and I love these cakes!

  8. SO fun to see your wedding photos! I love your blue shoes, too. And what a perfect dessert to celebrate your anniversary…it looks amazing…and the addition of strawberries is a lovely touch.

  9. Your wedding looks like it was beautiful! So great that the rain cleared out. It’s amazing to me how days can be so crappy, and then all of the sudden the sun comes out and it’s perfect. And yes to band aids for blisters. I’m a shoe freak and always have a stash of band aids in my purse in case of emergency!

    These little red velvet cakes are adorable! Love desserts in jars!

  10. Lori, this was so much fun to read! And yes, it rained on my wedding day too… and yup- I’d say good luck! Love your shoes, love your recipe and love all the beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for sharing! 😉

    • Thanks Di! Yeah, the only real problem with the rain was that I was pretty confident my hair was going to get all 80’s hair band poofy from the humidity, but massive amounts of hairspray kept it in check. Whew 🙂

      • LOL! Well mine was in 1992, so my hair was already 80’s hair band poofy, even without the rain hehe!!! 😉

  11. These recipes are such a great idea!

  12. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary! I bet you had so much fun with this post and thinking about your wedding. I like how you made the dessert to fit the occasion. Now pass me one of those red velvet cake jars please!!

  13. LOVE the wedding story and I’m more than a bit obsessed with orchids. Can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog and in fact, I’m adding it to my ‘must reads’ right now.

  14. LOVE the blue shoes and seeing all the wedding photos! Happy 5th anniversary!!! LOVE this cake!!

  15. You looked stunning on your wedding day! And I can totally understand the photographers obsession with your shoes, they are gorgeous and look great against the white! The cake also looks great, desserts in jars are just so much fun! These would be perfect to take on a picnic 🙂

  16. I love all your wedding photos. Happy anniversary! It sounded like such a memorable day for the both of you. Also want to talk difficult cake to cut? I had ice cream cake (not a fan of bakery cake and well I love ice cream). The cake was amazing, don’t get me wrong there wasn’t even any left for us to take home, but the “frosting” was a layer of chocolate ganache about an inch thick and I was using vintage cake cutters from my mom to cut the cake. It was impossible and messy, but I loved it! Also, loving the addition of strawberries to your red velvet cake!

    • Hahaha, now THAT sounds like a fun cake to cut 🙂 It sounds amazing, though. And honestly? You’re probably better off not having any to take home (and freeze for a year, like some people do). The guy that owned the bakery where we ordered our cake told us “yeah…don’t freeze it for a year, that’s gross. I’ll just make you a new cake on your 1 year anniversary.” And he did!

  17. You looked beautiful on your wedding day and the stories were great! I love the red velvet wedding cake in a jar, and it sounds amazing with the addition of almonds and strawberries!

  18. You looked beautiful on your wedding day and the stories were great! I love the red velvet wedding cake in a jar, and it sounds amazing with the addition of almonds and strawberries!

  19. Thanks Kim! Yep, take that rain – you didn’t deter us at all!

  20. Bird poo is good luck, too?!? Awesome. Double luck for us – we’ll take it!

  21. Haha right? To be honest, I wasn’t much of a “bride” (like, not interested in the planning details at all), so I didn’t even really know there WOULD be a ribbon on that cake until we had to cut it 🙂

  22. Thanks Jennifer! Seriously, red velvet is the best, right?

  23. Thanks Jen! It felt a little odd to be posting, basically, a wedding album on a food blog – but I figured this was the week to do it 🙂

  24. Thanks Liz! I’m pretty much putting strawberries into everything recently – gotta overdose on them while I can!

  25. Thanks Laura! Haha yeah, between the wedding planner and the photographer, they basically had “bride emergency kits” on hands. Band aids, shout wipes, lip gloss, aleve, the works 🙂

  26. Thanks Di! Yeah, the only real problem with the rain was that I was pretty confident my hair was going to get all 80’s hair band poofy from the humidity, but massive amounts of hairspray kept it in check. Whew 🙂

  27. Thanks Renee! It was a super fun post to write, even though at times it felt odd to be basically posting a wedding album on a food blog. But, it’s my blog, so I get to do whatever I want, right? 🙂

  28. Thanks so much, Jane, I’m so happy to hear that! Orchids are so cool. I need to get a potted one for around the house. They’re so beautiful, but I’m always scared I’ll kill them.

  29. Thanks Brooke! Wanna know a secret? Those shoes were only like $25. hehehe.

  30. Hahaha, now THAT sounds like a fun cake to cut 🙂 It sounds amazing, though. And honestly? You’re probably better off not having any to take home (and freeze for a year, like some people do). The guy that owned the bakery where we ordered our cake told us “yeah…don’t freeze it for a year, that’s gross. I’ll just make you a new cake on your 1 year anniversary.” And he did!

  31. Thanks Isabel! My husband was like “what are these ALMONDS?!?! These weren’t in our wedding cake.” I told him to quiet down and enjoy the crunchiness 🙂 hahaha.

  32. LOL! Well mine was in 1992, so my hair was already 80’s hair band poofy, even without the rain hehe!!! 😉

  33. Lori, I loved every word of this post. First off, you looked amazing on your wedding day. The whole wedding looked fabulous, actually. And I love all the fun back stories. Seriously, so much crazy shizz happens that no one knows about, right? Look at all the good luck stuff happening to you: the threat of rain, the bird poo (they say getting hit with bird poo is lucky too!). And your blue shoes rocked, lady. So cool. I love these red velvet cakes in a jar. They’re the perfect homage to your wedding day.

    • Aw, thanks Nancy. If getting hit with bird poo is good luck, what about getting hit with A BIRD?? Seriously, when I was a kid, I was riding my bike once, and a bird hit me square in the forehead. I’ve never forgotten it, and get terrified when I see a bird flying across the road when I’m biking. hahaha.

  34. Lori, I loved every word of this post. First off, you looked amazing on your wedding day. The whole wedding looked fabulous, actually. And I love all the fun back stories. Seriously, so much crazy shizz happens that no one knows about, right? Look at all the good luck stuff happening to you: the threat of rain, the bird poo (they say getting hit with bird poo is lucky too!). And your blue shoes rocked, lady. So cool. I love these red velvet cakes in a jar. They’re the perfect homage to your wedding day.

  35. Aw, thanks Nancy. If getting hit with bird poo is good luck, what about getting hit with A BIRD?? Seriously, when I was a kid, I was riding my bike once, and a bird hit me square in the forehead. I’ve never forgotten it, and get terrified when I see a bird flying across the road when I’m biking. hahaha.

  36. Oh score!! Now that is a bargain!

  37. Go Blue!

  38. Go Blue!

  39. Such wonderful memories of your wedding day! And go you for picking red velvet as your cake flavor – I totally wussed out on in myself even though I absolutely adore it. Your new version in jars is seriously gorgeous, and the addition of strawberries sounds great!

  40. Such wonderful memories of your wedding day! And go you for picking red velvet as your cake flavor – I totally wussed out on in myself even though I absolutely adore it. Your new version in jars is seriously gorgeous, and the addition of strawberries sounds great!

  41. You looked stunning on your wedding day! And I can totally understand the photographers obsession with your shoes, they are gorgeous and look great against the white! The cake also looks great, desserts in jars are just so much fun! These would be perfect to take on a picnic 🙂

  42. LOVE the wedding story and I’m more than a bit obsessed with orchids. Can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog and in fact, I’m adding it to my ‘must reads’ right now.

  43. LOVE the blue shoes and seeing all the wedding photos! Happy 5th anniversary!!! LOVE this cake!!

  44. Great wedding story, photos and scrumptious idea for dessert in a jar! (As well as wedding cake.)

    Despite the tiny hiccups of threatening rain et al, looks like you really did have a beautiful party. Happy anniversary!

  45. Those are beautiful memories Lori, you were a gorgeous bride! The orchids are perfect with those shoes. I love how you put your wedding cake in a jar, great flavors there! Here, bird poo is good luck, in addition to the rainy wedding day… so you have double luck it seems!

  46. Great story, Lori. Too bad they didn’t make edible ribbon! Love red velvet cake and it sounds so good with strawberries!

  47. Yummy! Great story about your wedding. Sounded fun!

  48. I love red velvet, and the addition of strawberries and almonds, it must taste so delicious!!

  49. Yummy!

  50. Loved all your wedding photos, and I love these cakes!

  51. SO fun to see your wedding photos! I love your blue shoes, too. And what a perfect dessert to celebrate your anniversary…it looks amazing…and the addition of strawberries is a lovely touch.

  52. Your wedding looks like it was beautiful! So great that the rain cleared out. It’s amazing to me how days can be so crappy, and then all of the sudden the sun comes out and it’s perfect. And yes to band aids for blisters. I’m a shoe freak and always have a stash of band aids in my purse in case of emergency!

    These little red velvet cakes are adorable! Love desserts in jars!

  53. Lori, this was so much fun to read! And yes, it rained on my wedding day too… and yup- I’d say good luck! Love your shoes, love your recipe and love all the beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for sharing! 😉

  54. These recipes are such a great idea!

  55. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary! I bet you had so much fun with this post and thinking about your wedding. I like how you made the dessert to fit the occasion. Now pass me one of those red velvet cake jars please!!

  56. I love all your wedding photos. Happy anniversary! It sounded like such a memorable day for the both of you. Also want to talk difficult cake to cut? I had ice cream cake (not a fan of bakery cake and well I love ice cream). The cake was amazing, don’t get me wrong there wasn’t even any left for us to take home, but the “frosting” was a layer of chocolate ganache about an inch thick and I was using vintage cake cutters from my mom to cut the cake. It was impossible and messy, but I loved it! Also, loving the addition of strawberries to your red velvet cake!

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