Ball Canning Chocolate Raspberry Jam filled Carved Mason Jar Cake recipe and video tutorial | Ashlee Marie

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It couldn’t be easier to make homemade chocolate raspberry jam recipe with the Ball® Home Canning water bath method, tips and tricks. And this jam makes the perfect filling for this carved Ball® Mason Jar shaped fondant cake. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% my own.

How I planned this cake and recipe

I actually made a carved mason jar cake years ago for a client and it turned out so good I’ve always wanted to remake it and film it. So when Ball® Home Canning reached out to work together I knew exactly what I wanted to make. And it turned out even better this time around!

To make the mason jar cake even more authentic I canned my own Jam to fill it with! How many of you grew up canning? Honestly I never canned growing up but as an adult a friend invited me over and we spent a day canning salsa and it was SO much fun (and seriously delicious)!

This was the first time I canned without another friend around so I needed to get some supplies. I ran to Target and got the Preserving starter kit – it has all the supplies I needed to get started. It has a the rack, jar lifter, funnel, headspace/bubble remover tool and even pectin and jars! literally everything you need!! It even has a coupon! There are always great deals in-store at target and on Ibotta.

And my kids were so excited to learn to can! They love cooking with me so they had so much fun trying out a ton of jam recipes. After we finished they all picked some local friends to take jars of jam to. They were seriously so proud to go deliver all their homemade jam! After testing a few recipes we decided to go with this Raspberry Chocolate Jam for the filling of this Chocolate cake.

chocolate raspberry jam filled mason jar cake

I like water bath canning because it is SO dang easy and you don’t need to mess with a pressure cooker to have amazing food. Esp with trying it out for the first time or letting kids help. But I’ve done both successfully with the help of the Ball® website and all their tips. My kids were surprised at just how easy it was and I think we have a new favorite tradition!

Before I start working with a brand I love learning all I fan about them. Did you know that there were Five Ball Brothers that started manufacturing the glass jars back in 1884! I grew up working in a family business so I loved this! This year Ball® Home Canning is celebrating 135 years of preserving and have brought back the vintage aqua jars, and they are seriously so pretty!

Even cooler – the Ball Brothers donated the land and buildings from their first plant to a local struggling university in 1918 and that university became Ball State university! Gotta love companies that give back like that.

Just take me to the Chocolate Raspberry Jam Recipe already!

If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for canning jam, or my instructions for making this cake or links to other raspberry recipes and cake decorating tutorials and get straight to this delicious chocolate raspberry jam recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

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Helpful tips for water bath canning

– Prewash the mason jars and check rims to make sure they are smooth so the lids seal properly.

– Preheat the jars in boiling water to before adding the jam, make sure the water is 1-2 inches over the lid of the jar.

– Use a rack on the bottom of the pot so the glass jars won’t break with the direct heat contact.

– Follow the recipe exactly – the sugar, berry and pectin ratio is important as is the boiling time.

– Use plump ripe berries with no bruises, mold spots or leaking.

– Use a ladle to add the jam to the jars so you don’t get any crystallization in the jars by pouring the jam straight from the saucepan.

– If you live at high altitude check this chart to see how much time to add to the canning boiling time.

– Take out the jars and fill them one at a time, to keep the jars in the water nice and warm.

– You can reuse the jars and bands but make sure you get new lids every time you can a new recipe.

– Start the processing time when the water boils, not when you finish adding the jars to the water.

– After boiling the jars let them rest in the warm water for about 5 mins before pulling them out, and placing them on a towel or cutting board as a buffer between the temperate difference between the jars and the counter.

– Let the jars rest for 12-24 hours – then test to see if they sealed. If they didn’t seal put them into the fridge and use them right away. If they did seal they’ll be good in a cool, dark, dry place for 18 months.

ball mason jar cake tutorial with chocolate raspberry jam recipe

How to make this Mason Jar Cake

– Start by measuring the original jar, width, height and all unique measurements as the original. Decide what cake size you want to start with (I used 7 inch cakes) then divide 7 inches by the jar base size. Then use that number to times all the other jar measurements you took and this will give you the guide to the larger cake.

– I needed the cake to be 7×12 inches, so I used six 7×2 inch round cakes (I used my dense chocolate cake, 1 1/2 times this recipe) – stack the cakes for the pre carving.

– I used a 5 inch cookie cutter as the guide and cut straight down for the whole 2 inches of the top layer. This is the neck of the jar.

– Use the second cake layer for the rounded top of the jar.

– Use a 2 x 1 (chocolate to cream) ratio for ganache, this is a great frosting recipe. Pipe a dam of the ganache around the inner edge of the cake layer and fill with the premade jam. Stack and repeat.

– Compare the jar to the cake and do any more carving that needs to be done then cover the whole cake with ganache, and smooth.

– Mix the blue and yellow fondant together to get aqua, roll out and wrap around the cake. Use a knife to cut the fondant clean and smooth in the back and press the edges together and smooth.

– Roll out a 9 inch circle of grey fondant. Paint some clear alcohol onto the top 1 inch of the neck of the jar and add the fondant circle to the top. Smooth the top and side of the lid and cut it evenly around the edge. Use a fondant tool to add the screw top markings, use a fork to make the teeth marks and finally use an extruder to create the thin grey rope along the bottom of the band.

– Use the extruder to twist out a larger aqua rope and attach it to the center of the neck of the jar.

– Roll out a thin layer of the aqua fondant on a fondant mat or piece of paper. Print off a backwards logo and place it on the fondant. Use the back of a knife or something semi sharp to mark around the lettering, pressing hard enough through the paper to leave a mark.

– Cut along the lines, being careful around the corners and thin lines of the lettering. Paint with some clear fondant then press against the cake, rubbing lightly to get the letters to stick. Straighten any messed up lettering and allow to dry

– Using an airbrush gun spray the lid with silver airbrush paint and the rest of the jar with a pearl spray.

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Cake Decorating tools for making this carved cake

Carved Mason Jar cake filled with Chocolate Raspberry Jam recipe and video tutorial

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Chocolate Raspberry jam

It couldn’t be easier to make homemade chocolate raspberry jam recipe with the Ball® canning water bath method, tips and tricks.

Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch

Cuisine: American

Keyword: canning jam, raspberry jam recipe

Servings: 6 8 oz jars

Calories: 42 kcal

Author: Ashlee Marie

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbsp Ball® Classic Pectin
  • 8 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Prepare the jars – wash with soapy water

  2. Place the glass jars in a large pot of water with a rack on the bottom – make sure the water is 1-2 inches above the top of the jar

  3. Bring to a simmer and bring to 180 degrees, keep simmering until ready to use

  4. Mix the coco powder and Ball® classic pectin together.

  5. In a flat baking dish mash the raspberries.

  6. In a stainless steel medium saucepan add the mashed raspberries and lemon juice.

  7. Add the cocoa/pectin mixture and stir.

  8. Bring to a boil and add the sugar and stir

  9. Over high heat bring to a rolling boil that can’t be stirred down and boil hard for 1 min

  10. Remove from heat.

  11. One at a time bring out a jar, pouring out the water, and place on a towel.

  12. Using the funnel fill the jar leaving ¼ inch headspace

  13. Wipe the jam jar rim and place the lid on top, add the band and adjust to finger tightness.

  14. Place the jar back into the pot of water and repeat until all the jars are filled

  15. Bring the water back up to a boil and boil rapidly for 10 mins (remembering to adjust for altitude)

  16. Turn of heat and let sit for 5 mins

  17. Remove jars and let sit for 12-24 hours.

  18. Check lid for seal (if one didn’t seal just place it in the fridge and use it first), and store in a cool dry place for 18 months

  19. Refrigerate after opening.

Ball® Home Canning has a ton of amazing canning recipes, tips and tricks on their website so check it out! They have everything from canned jams, dressings, pie fillings, meats, veggies, pickles and so much more! You can find them on social media here:

 

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Lemon Cake with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream and shortbread | Ashlee Marie

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A soft lemon cake with lemon curd filling and an easy raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream. Decorated with pure butter Walkers Shortbread it’s the perfect spring cake. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% my own.

How I created this Lemon Raspberry Cake recipe

It’s SPRING! The trees are in bloom, the grass is green, tis the season for lemons! As you know, I adore any recipe with the bright tart flavor of a lemon. My sour cream lemon pie gets made monthly at my house, and we love oatmeal lemon bars and of course my lemon meringue cheesecake is always a huge hit!

When Walkers Shortbread asked me to make a cake using their delicious shortbread to celebrate all the moms out there in honor of Mother’s Day, I immediately wanted to bring in fresh flavors to go with the classic buttery shortbread. A fluffy lemon cake with a Raspberry Buttercream filled with Bonne Maman Lemon Curd fits the bill.  It screams spring and is perfect for Mother’s Day!!!

Did you know that all Walkers Shortbread cookies are made in Scotland and that they are still using the original recipe created over 120 years ago? As someone who loves sharing my family recipes with all of you, it makes me love this shortbread even more (if that’s possible).

Walkers is a family owned business dedicated to baking the World’s Finest Shortbread and other delicious treats as well.  I grew up working for my dad in our family-owned business, and my kids are starting to help me out as well so I love the fact that after all this time there is still a family legacy as part of this company.

So I started with my basic vanilla cake and added both lemon zest and fresh lemon juice for the flavor.  You can use extracts and emulsions but I feel that often those fruity extracts have fake aftertastes I don’t like so I am a huge fan of fresh in this case.

For the lemon curd filling you can make your own or try out this Bonne Mama Lemon Curd.  It’s bright and delicious! 

If you have a favorite buttercream recipe you can add the raspberry puree and ground freeze dried raspberries to that or try out this easy Swiss Meringue Buttercream I’m sharing today!

Just take me to the Lemon Cake with Raspberry Buttercream Recipe already!

If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for making this cake or super easy (cheaters) Swiss meringue buttercream, along with links to other cake recipes and get straight to this delicious lemon raspberry cake and buttercream recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

raspberry swiss meringue buttercream with lemon white chocolate ganache

Tips to Make the Perfect Lemon Cake

– Use fresh ingredients and have all your ingredients at room temperature.  The eggs and butter in particular.

– Use real lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice.  If you want a stronger flavor, you can add some lemon emulsion or extract but too much gives the cake a fake taste. 

– Make sure the oven is totally preheated and at the right temperature.  I use an oven thermometer as most ovens are slightly off – know your own oven.

– High altitude your recipe if you live over 4000 ft.  I have notes in the recipe for that.  Add a little extra flour, a little less sugar, less rising agent and more liquid.  Also bake hotter and shorter.

– I like to use baking strips to keep the outside of the pan cooler so the inside of the cake and outside of the cake can bake more evenly. 

– If you’re still getting a large dome consider using a cake heating core  as it will help bring the temperature of the middle of the cake up (while the baking strips are bringing the outside of the cake temp down) for more even baking, resulting in flatter cakes.

– If you have hot spots in your oven consider rotating your pans halfway through baking (you don’t want to open the oven if you don’t have to but having one cake over bake while the others aren’t baking as much is worse).

lemon cake with raspberry swiss meringue butterceram

Tips to Make the Perfect, Easiest Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

– The trick to this easy Swiss meringue buttercream is the pasteurized egg whites!!! Instead of dealing with heating the egg whites and sugar just buy egg whites that have already been heated to the safe temperature and are ready to go!

– Use powdered sugar.  I know it looks like a lot, but powdered sugar is lighter and fluffier and you have to use more to get the same amount as less granulated sugar. When you’re doing a classic Swiss Meringue buttercream you use granulated sugar as the heat will dissolve the sugar, but since we aren’t using heat the use of powdered sugar will make it so it easily dissolves and doesn’t leave a grainy texture to the buttercream

– Don’t skimp on the beating times.  This needs to beat for quite a while to get the correct texture and fluffiness and strength.  When you first start adding the butter it will look a little curdled for a little bit – keep beating and it will smooth out.

– If your kitchen is too warm and it’s not getting stiff enough put the whole bowl in the fridge for 15 mins then beat some more. Add more fridge time as needed.

– If you want to make the frosting ahead of time you can simply refrigerate it, just let it warm up a little bit before you re-beat it (it gets fairly stiff in the fridge).  Also, after sitting in the fridge, then warming up as you beat it again, it will look a little broken for a little bit, just keep beating on high and it will come back together again.

– When adding the raspberries you can use fresh puree, or ground freeze dried raspberries or both.  I recommend adding a little at a time and tasting it to get the desired flavor and color. 

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To make this cake and buttercream you’ll need

Lemon cake with easy Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Shortbread

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lemon cake with raspberry buttercream, lemon curd and lemon white chocolate ganache

Lemon Raspberry Cake

A soft lemon cake with lemon curd filling and an easy raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream.  Decorated with pure butter Walkers Shortbread, it’s the perfect spring cake.

Course: cake, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: lemon cake, lemon ganache, lemon raspberry cake, raspberry buttercream, raspberry swiss meringue buttercream

Servings: 16 slices

Calories: 1735 kcal

Author: Ashlee Marie

Ingredients

Lemon cake

  • 5 1/4 C cake flour add 5 Tbsp for high altitude
  • 1 ½ Tbsp baking powder minus ½ tsp for high altitude
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda minus ¼ tsp for high altitude
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 C sugar minus 3 Tbsp for high altitude
  • 4 tbsp Lemon zest
  • 3/4 C butter softened
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 C greek yogurt
  • 3/4 C mayo
  • ¼ C lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 C whole milk add 2 Tbsp for high altitude

Raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream

  • 1 C pasteurized liquid egg whites
  • 8 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 C butter room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 6 oz Fresh raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 oz Freeze dried raspberries

White chocolate lemon ganache

  • 4 oz white chocolate chopped
  • ½ C heavy whipping cream
  • 3-5 Tbsp lemon curd

Assembly

  • 12 oz lemon curd
  • 2 box Walkers Shortbread fingers
  • 1 box Walkers Shortbread rounds

Instructions

Lemon cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (385 for high altitude)

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and lemon zest and mix until well combined.

  3. Add butter and beat on medium-low speed until you end up with a fine crumb

  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, mayo, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth.

  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and beat on medium speed until smooth.

  6. Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be wet

  7. Bake for 35-40 mins until the cake springs back when touched or a cake tester comes out with just a few crumbs (30-35 mins for high altitude)

Raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream

  1. In a large mixer with whisks or large bowl with a hand mixer beat the egg whites, sugar and salt for 5 mins until you get a thick white meringue

  2. while beating on medium add the butter 1-2 Tbsp at a time

  3. once all the butter is mixed in add the vanilla and beat on medium high another 10 mins

  4. Puree the raspberries and lemon juice together in a food processor or blender

  5. Then add to the frosting, I added ½ then tasted then added the other half

  6. Grind up the freeze dried raspberries in a food processor

White chocolate lemon ganache

  1. Boil the cream (this can be done on the stove or in the microwave) and pour over the white chocolate

  2. Let sit for 5 mins to soften the chocolate then stir until smooth

  3. Add the lemon curd, start with 3 Tbsp and taste and go from there

Assembly

  1. Level the cakes top and bottom. Leveling the top gives you nice even layers and trimming the bottom makes it so you don’t have brown cake crust in your cake slices

  2. Add a thin layer of buttercream to the cake then pipe a cake “dam” around the outside of the cake with a large round tip.

  3. Fill that area with a thin layer of lemon curd (don’t add too much, it will squish out as you stack the cake if you do.

  4. Then repeat with the next 2 cake layers and top off with the final cake layer.

  5. Frost the top and sides of the cake and smooth

  6. Add the Walkers Shortbread all along the bottom of the cake

  7. Drizzle the white chocolate cake all around the top edge, I like to use a squeeze bottle but you can always just use a spoon too

  8. Fill in the rest of the top of the cake with more ganache.

  9. Use a large star tip (I used ateco 842) top pipe large swirls across the top of the cake then add the Walkers Shortbread rounds between the frosting swirls and you’re done!

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How to make a Galaxy Unicorn Cake – Decorating Video Tutorial | Ashlee Marie

hand painted fondant and buttercream unicorn cake

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This Dark Galaxy Unicorn Cake was the centerpiece for my daughters sweet 16th birthday party.  Unicorn cakes are easy to make and always such a fun treat!

How I designed this galaxy unicorn cake

We’ve all seen the fun unicorn cake all around the internet – so when my daughter wanted a galaxy unicorn birthday party I was so excited to try my hand at one!

I decided to go for a tall cake, so I went with with 8 layers of 7 inch cakes – that way I got the narrow tall cake but it was still sturdy.  

We knew we wanted to go with a dark base, even the party decorations used a dark base for everything.  Then we chose fuchsia, turquoise, blue and violet as the colors we wanted to bring into the cake, food and backdrops of the party to create the sea of clouds and clusters of star you see in gorgeous galaxy photography. 

And of course we accessorized with gold for the horns, ears and eyelashes! But you could easily go with silver if that’s what you prefer. 

I decided on a fondant cake so that it would be easier to paint the sides but stuck with a classic buttercream for the colorful rosette mane.  I used a 1B tip for all the large rosettes then used smaller star tips (open, closed, french, etc…) to add all the extra pops of color throughout the mane.

And while I TOTALLY forgot to take a picture of the inside of the cake it matched all the colors we used in the mane! 

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How I created this galaxy unicorn cake

  • Start by making the horn and ears so they can dry – I used black modeling chocolate as a base – I like the dark base under the gold for depth.
  • I used 2 cone shapes twisted over a skewer to create the horn and 2 sizes of extra large rose petals around skewers to create the ears
  • The dark and beautiful colors of the galaxy were the inspiration here, so for the fondant base we mixed black and navy
  • To create the colors of the “clouds” and stars of the far away galaxy’s we mixed white food coloring mixed with the bright shades of fuchsia, turquoise, blue and violet we were using in all the party decorations and food

 

  • Using a natural sponge I created the “clouds” and stars by dabbing the colors all around the cake (leaving room for the eyes and cheeks.)
  • Then I used the straight gel colors to create a darker layer over the brighter colors to create depth
  • Then I colored a large batch of buttercream with the same fuchsia, turquoise, blue and violet colors.  I used 1B large closed star tips for the rosette main, then various smaller star tips (open, closed and french) to add all the smaller rosettes and stars along the mane.
  • Then add the horn and ears to the cake
  • Roll out a fondant snake, tapering both ends, for the eyelashes – then cut 2 small tapered pieces for the extra eyelash – and add them to the fondant and paint them gold

hand painted galaxy unicorn cake with buttercream mane

To make this unicorn cake you’ll need

Galaxy Unicorn Birthday Cake Decorating Tutorial

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