mason jar graveyard cakes for halloween


graveyard-cakes-14If you haven’t had one of those little store-bought pudding containers since you were a little kid, then by all means, RUN, don’t walk, to your nearest supermarket. And after you revel in the glory of that first bite, make these. Because the only thing better than store-bought pudding is store-bought pudding mixed with Oreo crumbles.

…Yes, it’s fair of you to assume I was channeling my inner Sandra Lee when it came to developing this recipe. The ol’ “semi-homemade” shtick just seemed the only way to go this week. After all, it’s been a long one. Reeeeally long. I’ve had some friends in from out of town, a few big projects at work, and a slew of EVENTS.

While I didn’t quite have it in me to go all the way out and bake the day away, I did want to spend some time getting my hands dirty in the kitchen to take a break from everything. And I figured if I could do something with minimized portions minimize the portion sizes and buy all the ingredients ready-made, I’d have a fun food craft on my hands.

graveyard-cakes-5 So, after a quick scroll through Pinterest and my mind spinning with tombstone pies and “ghosts in the graveyard” cupcakes, I went for it. The result? A ghoulish concoction that I can’t totally take credit for. (Thanks, people of Pinterest! Thanks, sugary snack aisle!) But with the addition of mason jars, I think this WOULD make for an excellent Halloween party dessert for kids and adults alike. And…oh my God. It’s delicious.

(I know, I know. One of two things was bound to happen when you read the word “mason jar” back there in the title of this post: Your heart skipped a beat, or…OR…more likely…you got all Voldemort on me and your eyes closed into slits. Well, hear me out: Those jars are still good for something.)graveyard-cakes-25

Mason Jar Graveyard Cakes

for halloween!

What you’ll need:

  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Crushed Oreos
  • An icing pen (if you’re feeling fancy, use a piping bag)
  • Candy pumpkins
  • Milano cookies
  • Gummy worms
  • Jars, preferably with wide mouths — one per guest!

What you’ll do:

  1. Using an icing writer, scribble a message of your choice on each Milano “tombstone.” Don’t get too creative here, though — you likely won’t be able to fit more than 3 letters.
  2. Fill the jar up a quarter of the way with chocolate pudding. (To keep pudding off the sides of your container, I recommend using a piping bag. You want a clean line so that the “sand art” look is most effective.)
  3. Next, funnel in some graham cracker crumbs! These should fill up the center line of the jar.
  4. Another layer of pudding goes next, followed by a liberal heaping of crushed Oreos.
  5. On go the toppings! Push the Milano into the crushed Oreos as pictured above until it’s seated snugly at the rear of the jar, letters facing you. Throw on a pumpkin and a gummy worm.
  6. Serve to your guests with a spoon…and enjoy!

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