ice box cake … and a mason jar fail



It was just a matter of time, wasn’t it?  What with all those mason jar projects I’ve been tackling as my surgered finger heals.


It’s been a good run.


Well, some of my loyal readers may think otherwise.  You don’t fool me.  I can hear your sarcasm dripping thick in the comment threads …


I thought I had another brilliant mason jar idea up my sleeve: recreating one of my favorite childhood desserts in a mason jar.  An ice box cake. And this recipe couldn’t be any easier to make.  I mean, it only has four ingredients:


1. Chocolate Wafers

2. Heavy Whipping Cream

3. Sugar

4. Vanilla Extract


The super simple recipe can be found on the side of the box.  It amounts to combining the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl and whipping it up with a mixer until it forms peaks.  Then you simply spread some whipped cream on a wafer.  Put a wafer on top.  Spread more whipped cream on that wafer and so on and so on …


My idea was to layer the whipped cream and wafers in the mason jar. You know, a dollop of whipped cream, followed by a wafer, followed by a dollop of whipped cream, followed by a wafer …. layered all the way until I hit the top.


But the whipped cream wouldn’t dollop neatly in the jar.  And it smudged all over the sides. And you couldn’t see the wafers.  They got lost in a sea of whipped cream dollops ….


In the end, it was just a big messy jar of wafers and whipped cream.  Granted, a deliciously-scrumptious-melt-in-your-mouth messy jar of whipped cream and chocolate wafers.


So I was forced to go with plan B.  Just stacking them up on a platter …




… to make little single serve ice box cakes.  Single serve little ice box cakes that my teen son devoured in two bites.
And I’m thinking this fail may be a sign.  You know, a sign that screams  STOP IT WITH ALL THE MASON JAR PROJECTS ALREADY!
Yeah, they’re wearing thin on me too.  Maybe I should start a burlap projects series …
Or book pages …


or …

or …

Winking smile



If you’re NOT sick of mason jar projects, you can find even more at my Mason Jar Project Gallery here …


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  1. blissranch says

    Those are pretty darn cute I agree, but anything edible is really not a fail in my book. Especially when it’s described as melt in your mouth.

  2. says

    Ummm…. those look delicious. Leaning towers of whipped cream and cookies? Sign me up.

    And I love your mason jar projects! (Did you whip your own cream? If you put it in a piping bag, you may have been able to get it in the jar without having the sides all smeary-like)

    I’m waiting for you to do a tutorial on making a mason jar wine glass that won’t snap apart when you wash it… Some people (me) like to keep it classy like that!

  3. says

    You made me laugh out loud! I’m making some of these…for my son…on a plate (not that he’d care what they look like) but they look mouth-watering-ly delish!!!!

    Oh, and I’m anxiously awaiting the next “series”….burlap, mod podge, interesting things to do with a dozen white bath towels (I’m considering that one myself)…so much wonderful “material” there…no pun intended…of course. xo

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