With St. Patrick’s Day coming up,I wanted to do something fun in the kitchen. When browsing Pinterest, I kept coming across these super cute Rainbow in a Jar recipes. I thought it would be so fun to make and how hard could it be? I even decided to make some printables for Hayden’s teachers that he could attach to the jars.
So I gathered up all the ingredients and supplies to make the Rainbow in a Jar. I followed the directions on a recipe I found on Pinterest. Now, this is where it all went wrong. I started this project while the girls were sleeping and about an hour before I would have to pick Hayden up from school. I wanted to pour the colored cake batter into icing bags so I could evenly layer the colors in the jar, but it was going to take me too long so I decided to spoon it in the jar – which got really messy.
This was definitely very pretty! So my other mistake was eyeballing it to fill it 3/4 full as directions stated. Since I was a little careless, the following happened.
Yup, overflow! It looks like a science experiment gone wrong. Once it was completely done baking though, I figured I would pull it out and I could salvage it somehow. So I had it baking for 45 minutes as directed. I should have been checking on it in those last few minutes, but I was getting ready to leave so I was distracted. When I went to pull it out of the oven after the timer went off, it was burnt in some parts. Another fail!
Well, maybe I could STILL salvage it. So, I let it cool, took some of the top off and added frosting. Then I went to print the cute printables I made. Yup, you guessed it. The way my day was going, my printer ran out of ink so the tag looked terrible for the picture.
So, I don’t want to even give you the recipes I followed, but I’ll give you a few tips so your Rainbow in a Jar doesn’t turn out like mine.
- Use GEL food coloring, not drops. This will give you a more vibrant cake batter. #WIN!
- It may say bake for 45 minutes. Set your timer for 35 minutes and take a look at it. Then hover outside the oven and keep peeking in through the glass.
- You may think the jar is not full enough. It is. Don’t add any more cake batter. That stuff will rise fast.
- I give up on my frosting. Why is it bubbly?!
- Make sure your printer has ink!!!
So yup, total Pinterest Fail. But if you happen to like the printable and are planning on making something cute for your child’s teachers, check it out below! Just click to print!