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S'mores Reindeer Cake Jars

These S’mores Reindeer Cake Jars are the visual definition of Christmas and look incredible. No baking is required and the wow factor comes from the assembling and a little creativity. 

When you want something that is a crowd please this mason jar recipe is going to blow everyone’s mind. You don’t need to cook or bake a thing.

You simply use dry ingredients along with some store-bought essentials and with a bit of time create something that is Christmas in a jar. Aside from having delicious s’mores flavor. Yum!

This is a Christmas cake jar with a difference. The kids will love how they like and aside from looking like there are a lot of steps to follow it really is a process with repetition.

You’ve got this! This is a really great dessert to pull out at your next holiday party. 

If you love the flavor of s’mores then you have to try this S’mores Frappuccino recipe. It is a copycat Starbucks recipe and it tastes incredible. 

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Looking down on a few reindeer cakes in a jar.

💕 Why You’ll Love This Smores Cake

  • Super festive - They really give you that visual for a tasty Christmas dessert at a Christmas Party
  • So tasty- Hard not to eat the entire cake in one sitting
  • Kid-friendly - The kids will love not just the look but the taste of this S’mores Reindeer Cake
  • No baking required - This is an easy method to create something that looks fantastic. No baking is needed and with a few steps you will have show-stopping desserts 

Ingredients Needed

  • Chocolate Cupcakes 
  • Chocolate Candy Melts 
  • Graham crackers 
  • Eye Sprinkles 
  • Candy Coated Chocolates (M&Ms)
  • Red and Green Sprinkles 
  • Marshmallows
  • Marshmallow Fluff
Ingredients needed to make reindeer s'mores cake jars.

Helpful Tools

32 oz Mason jars

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Measuring Cups and Spoons

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Parchment Paper 

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Piping Bags 

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Scissors 

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Cake Plate 

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Mixing Bowl

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Aluminum Foil 

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Kitchen Torch or Oven 

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Ice Cream Scoop

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Ribbon/ Decorative String (optional)

How To Make The Reindeer Cake Jars

Set your 6 cupcakes aside until you begin assembling the mason jars. We are going to start with the decorating of the reindeer crackers and then assemble everything together. We have separated it into two separate instructions to keep things simple. 

  1. In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir it and then warm it in 15-second intervals stirring each time until it’s melted and smooth. 
  2. Once your chocolate is smooth, put it in a piping bag and tie the end. Cut a small hole at the tip of the bag. Meanwhile, lay out a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface. 
  3. Use your piping bag of chocolate to make a short vertical line on the parchment paper.
  4. At the halfway mark of the vertical line pipe a tiny horizontal line that goes outward. Add another tiny line at the top of the vertical line. Repeat the steps to the other side of the vertical line. This is creating your reindeer antlers. 
  5. Repeat the last two steps until you have enough antlers for you 4 antlers per cake jar, plus extra in case some break.They can be fiddly. Allow your chocolate antlers to harden. It takes about 2-4 minutes.
  6. Grab three graham crackers and split them into 4 rectangles. Follow the Scoring/dotted line on the crackers to do this.
  7. Next you will gather the chocolate antlers to attach them to the Graham crackers. You can do this two ways: 
  • The first way is using your piping bag of chocolate, pipe two small circles at the top of the crackers. Gently attach a chocolate antler to each circle.
  • The second way is to use your piping bag of chocolate and pipe a squiggly line across the top of the graham cracker. Attach the antler to the squiggly line and then pipe a bit of chocolate over it to secure the antlers
  1. Below the antlers, you will pipe two small dots right next to each other. Place eye sprinkles also called a candy eye on the top of those dots. These will become your reindeer eyes. Put one drop of chocolate below the eyes and then add a red or brown candy coated chocolate for the nose. Repeat this process for all 12 crackers.
  2. Set the graham cracker reindeers to the side so that the chocolate can harden.  
  3. Pour your chocolate from your piping bag into a medium size bowl. If the chocolate has started to harden then put it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, then pour it in the bowl.
  4. Put your red and green sprinkle mix on a plate next to the chocolate and then grab your mason jars.
  5. Dip your glass jar into the large bowl of chocolate. 
  6. Once you take the jar out of the bowl, put it back upright and tap the bottom of the jar a few times so the chocolate covers the entire top of the jar. 
  7. Next roll the glass jar over the sprinkles so they attach to the chocolate covered portion. If you don’t want to roll your jar on the plate, you can pour the sprinkles on it. Repeat these steps for each glass jar you want to cover in chocolate. Then place mason jars in a cool flat place to dry for about 10 minutes.
  8. While the jar is drying, toast your marshmallows. You can do this by placing your marshmallows on foil and toast the top of them by using a kitchen torch. Please follow all safety precautions that are listed on the product label of the torch.
  9. If you don't have a torch, you can toast your marshmallows by placing them in the broil section of your oven for 1 minute. They will be done as they start to turn golden brown. Use gloves when placing and removing the marshmallows in the oven. 
  10. Set your toasted marshmallows to the side ready to use when you assemble these tasty treats. 
  11. Once the jars are dry it’s time to assemble the cake jars.

ASSEMBLING THE CAKE JARS  

  1. Collect the cupcakes, glass jars, remaining undecorated graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, toasted marshmallows, and Reindeer graham crackers.
  2. Take your cupcake out of the wrapper, break it into large pieces, and put half the pieces in the jar to layer cake first. 
  3. Next put one or two scoops of marshmallow fluff on top of the cake, depending on how gooey you like your s’mores.
  4. Take 1 ½ or 6 small rectangles of graham crackers, crush them and place the crushed graham cracker crumbs over the marshmallow fluff. 
  5. Put the remaining cake on top of the graham crackers. If you like, you can add the remaining half of the graham cracker to the jar for more crunch. 
  6. Place three of the toasted marshmallows at the top of the cake layers. They may be sticky because they are warm, but it will help add to that s'mores flavor.
  7. Lastly place the Reindeer decorated graham crackers in between the toasted marshmallows. This is the finishing touch. It is fiddly the first time you do it, but that’s the fun part.
  8. Now the jars are ready to be enjoyed. Happy Holidays!!
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 Recipe Variations

Want to add some festive sparkle? Sprinkle some edible glitter to give these s’mores reindeer cake jars a holiday twist. 

Cupcake flavors. You can have whichever flavor of cupcake you like. Chocolate works well to help keep the s’mores flavor, but you can add chocolate chips cupcakes, hot fudge cupcakes, or even vanilla cupcakes if your wish. You can even use more mini cakes instead of larger cupcakes if needed. 

Don’t want to use cupcakes? Leftover delicious cake or even chocolate pudding would work well with this recipe. Tender layers of chocolate cake would work. 

Make it extra chocolate-y. Swirl some chocolate sauce or chocolate ganache inside the glass jar before adding the cupcake pieces and marshmallow fluff. 

Want a different flavor? Why not add a layer of peanut butter to the jar? It will work really well with marshmallow cream and cupcakes. Honey graham crackers will also work instead of the traditional ones. 

Add some mini marshmallows. Instead of as much marshmallow filling, you could add some mini marshmallows instead. 

Looking down on a Reindeer Cake in a jar.

Tips & Tricks

  • You can layer the cake jars in any sequence you like or add more of any of the ingredients to your preference. This is something to get creative with. 
  • The warm marshmallows help the reindeer stay up in the jar but if your reindeer start to fall, warm some chocolate, dip the cracker in it and then place it back in the jar. Once the chocolate hardens the reindeer will stay in place.
  • Once refrigerated the Marshmallows will not be as soft, so if you want that gooey texture back pop the jar in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before consuming. 
  • If you don't have mason jars, you can use any airtight container to hold the chocolate cake layers and all the other ingredients together.
  • Instead of melted chocolate you can use chocolate ganache for the top of the jar and get the sprinkles to attach to the top of the ganache just like you would with melted chocolate.
  • Keep in mind you can be as creative as you want. No two antlers are the same. Each jar doesn’t need to look the same. 
Looking at a few s'mores reindeer cakes in jars.

Storage

You can serve these s’mores cake jars at room temperature. If you want to store these then you will need to add them to the refrigerator, but it will make the marshmallows go hard. These are ideally served soon after they are made and are yummy treats for all. 

If you want to save the contents inside of the jar, remove the chocolate from around the jar before sealing it with the top. To remove the chocolate drip from around the jar, you can lightly tap it with a spoon and the chocolate should start to fall off. If the chocolate is warm, use a spoon to scrap it off. 

A few jars of s'mores reindeer cakes with reindeer graham crackers and marshmallows.

FAQ

What if I can’t get any marshmallow cream?

While we really love the marshmallow element, if you don't have any marshmallow creme, you can still make the whole thing.

You could always use chocolate buttercream and add some mini marshmallows instead. It will help to be consistent with the s’mores flavor. With every mouthful, it should taste like you are sitting next to the fire pit toasting s’mores. This really is the ultimate s’mores cake recipe!

Help, I am struggling to get them to look exactly like the pictures, what should I do? 

This isn’t about having uniformed cake jars, far from it. Your graham crumbs might sit differently, and your brown marshmallows might not be sticking as much or holding your reindeer cracker. This is all about getting creative, and no reindeer cake jar will look the same.

Don’t worry and just have fun with it. 

A bite of reindeer saurus cake in front of a jar.

Other s’mores recipes 

  • Peanut butter s’mores pie - These Peanut Butter S’mores Pies are the most delicious mini desserts that the whole family is going to love!
  • S’mores Pudding shots - These S’mores Pudding Shots are the perfect adult treat! This fantastic dessert shot brings all the flavors of your childhood classic treat- graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows!
  • Instant Pot S’mores popcorn - With a sweet-salty flavor and white chocolate, gooey marshmallow, graham crackers, and chocolate chips topping with your buttery popcorn, will make you forget store-bought popcorn!
A close-up of a s'mores reindeer cake jar.

S'mores Reindeer Cake Jars

Get all the best flavors of S'mores in a cake decorated to look like a festive reindeer.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: S'mores Reindeer Cake Jars
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Assembly Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 jars
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 4 ounces of Chocolate Candy Melts
  • 1 pack of Graham crackers
  • Eye Sprinkles
  • Candy Coated Chocolates M&Ms
  • Red and Green Sprinkles mix them together white Optional
  • 18 Marshmallows
  • 7 ounces Marshmallow Cream/ Fluff

Instructions

Set your 6 cupcakes aside until you begin assembling the mason jars. We are going to start with the decorating of the reindeer crackers and then assemble everything together. We have separated it into two separate instructions to keep things simple.

  • In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir it and then warm it in 15-second intervals stirring each time until it’s melted and smooth.
  • Once your chocolate is smooth, put it in a piping bag and tie the end. Cut a small hole at the tip of the bag. Meanwhile, lay out a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface.
  • Use your piping bag of chocolate to make a short vertical line on the parchment paper.
  • At the halfway mark of the vertical line pipe a tiny horizontal line that goes outward. Add another tiny line at the top of the vertical line. Repeat the steps to the other side of the vertical line. This is creating your reindeer antlers.
  • Repeat the last two steps until you have enough antlers for you 4 antlers per cake jar, plus extra in case some break.They can be fiddly. Allow your chocolate antlers to harden. It takes about 2-4 minutes.
  • Grab three graham crackers and split them into 4 rectangles. Follow the Scoring/dotted line on the crackers to do this.
  • Next you will gather the chocolate antlers to attach them to the Graham crackers. You can do this two ways:
  • The first way is using your piping bag of chocolate, pipe two small circles at the top of the crackers. Gently attach a chocolate antler to each circle.
  • The second way is to use your piping bag of chocolate and pipe a squiggly line across the top of the graham cracker. Attach the antler to the squiggly line and then pipe a bit of chocolate over it to secure the antlers
  • Below the antlers, you will pipe two small dots right next to each other. Place eye sprinkles also called a candy eye on the top of those dots. These will become your reindeer eyes. Put one drop of chocolate below the eyes and then add a red or brown candy coated chocolate for the nose. Repeat this process for all 12 crackers.
  • Set the graham cracker reindeers to the side so that the chocolate can harden.
  • Pour your chocolate from your piping bag into a medium size bowl. If the chocolate has started to harden then put it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, then pour it in the bowl.
  • Put your red and green sprinkle mix on a plate next to the chocolate and then grab your mason jars.
  • Dip your glass jar into the large bowl of chocolate.
  • Once you take the jar out of the bowl, put it back upright and tap the bottom of the jar a few times so the chocolate covers the entire top of the jar.
  • Next roll the glass jar over the sprinkles so they attach to the chocolate covered portion. If you don’t want to roll your jar on the plate, you can pour the sprinkles on it. Repeat these steps for each glass jar you want to cover in chocolate. Then place mason jars in a cool flat place to dry for about 10 minutes.
  • While the jar is drying, toast your marshmallows. You can do this by placing your marshmallows on foil and toast the top of them by using a kitchen torch. Please follow all safety precautions that are listed on the product label of the torch.
  • If you don't have a torch, you can toast your marshmallows by placing them in the broil section of your oven for 1 minute. They will be done as they start to turn golden brown. Use gloves when placing and removing the marshmallows in the oven.
  • Set your toasted marshmallows to the side ready to use when you assemble these tasty treats.
  • Once the jars are dry it’s time to assemble the cake jars.

ASSEMBLING THE CAKE JARS

  • Collect the cupcakes, glass jars, remaining undecorated graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, toasted marshmallows, and Reindeer graham crackers.
  • Take your cupcake out of the wrapper, break it into large pieces, and put half the pieces in the jar to layer cake first.
  • Next put one or two scoops of marshmallow fluff on top of the cake, depending on how gooey you like your s’mores.
  • Take 1 ½ or 6 small rectangles of graham crackers, crush them and place the crushed graham cracker crumbs over the marshmallow fluff.
  • Put the remaining cake on top of the graham crackers. If you like, you can add the remaining half of the graham cracker to the jar for more crunch.
  • Place three of the toasted marshmallows at the top of the cake layers. They may be sticky because they are warm, but it will help add to that s'mores flavor.
  • Lastly place the Reindeer decorated graham crackers in between the toasted marshmallows. This is the finishing touch. It is fiddly the first time you do it, but that’s the fun part.
  • Now the jars are ready to be enjoyed. Happy Holidays!!

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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