Christmas cupcakes in a jar recipe

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Cupcakes in a jar
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories666 Kcal33%
Sugar63.8 g71%
Fat30.6 g44%
Saturated Fat9.2 g46%
Protein5.2 g10%
Carbohydrates86.5 g33%

It takes just 20 minutes prep and 25 minutes to bake these delicious cupcakes in a jar.

These Christmas cupcakes are ideal for the festive season. Follow this simple step-by-step cupcake recipe to make these flavoursome cupcakes in a jar. Each cupcake is infused with cinnamon, orange, and mulled wine. The buttercream is made with chestnut puree and Irish whiskey.


For the cupcake:

  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 175g butter
  • 150g light soft brown sugar
  • Finely grated rind of 1 orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml soured cream
  • 150ml mulled wine, room temperature

For the Irish whiskey and chestnut frosting:

  • 200g butter
  • 100g chestnut puree
  • 450g golden icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp Irish whiskey

You will also need:

  • 8-10 small jars with lids
  • Round plain pastry cutter




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease and base line a shallow rectangular baking tin approximately 35 cm x 25cm. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon together into a bowl.
  2. Using an electric whisk beat the butter, sugar and orange rind together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and soured cream. Once completed fold in the flour mixture and mulled wine gradually.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes until golden and cooked through. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, beat the butter and chestnut puree together in a bowl using an electric whisk. Gradually beat in the sugar then the whiskey.
  5. Using a plain pastry cutter, slightly smaller than the top of the jars, cut out circles from the cooled cake. Carefully fit a layer of cake in the base of each jar. Fill a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle with the frosting and pipe a layer over the cake. Top with another circle of cake, pushing down to fit snugly. Pipe a rosette of frosting on top of each cake and secure the lid to the jar.

Top tips for making cupcakes in a jar

This recipe uses mulled wine. If you want to make these cupcakes extra special, why not learn how to make mulled wine using our expert guide. Then you can use your own freshly brewed drink.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies