These Lemon Meringue Jar Cakes are tart, creamy and delicious! Placing them in jars makes them a super fun picnic or BBQ potluck treat!
Reason #293 that women are smarter than men:
I don’t know what it is about men that makes them unable to appreciate sweatpants like women do, but they just don’t. And it’s completely nonsensical. Because truly, there are days that completely revolve around my sweatpants, and what time of day I will be able to get home and put them on.
I have seen my husband get home from work and leave his jeans and coat on for hours.
Hours of sweat pant time wasted.
It’s basically a crime.
If there was such a thing as Sweat pant Police, I would totally call and have him arrested for Misuse of Cozy Potential. But there isn’t, so I just stare at him and continually ask if he’s going somewhere before he finally gets tired of me asking.
I know that there are lots of cute women who wear adorable outfits every day of the week (there are blogs dedicated to what women wear every day) but I am not one of them. Jeans and cute dresses were not invented for wearing to clean the house or talk to pretend people on the Internets.
Also, if people really wanted me to post what I was wearing all the time, I would be kind of skeeved out. Because “what are you wearing” is like, the last thing a girl wants to hear from a stranger.
Wine, sweat pants, and DVR. Those are the things that motivate me. All it takes is a mention of the sweat pants waiting in my drawer and I will straight up leave your child’s birthday party early.
But honestly, I make desserts with Cool Whip and vegetable shortening, so skipping out before Pinata Time is hardly the worst of my crimes.
Know what else I make desserts with? Cake mix. But sometimes I make it look fancy. Wanna know how?
- 12 pint jars or small jelly jars
- 1 box lemon cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare
- 2 jars lemon curd
- For meringue:
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour (or spray with Baker's Spray) a large jelly roll pan. Prepare cake batter as instructed on box, pour into pan and bake until top springs back when lightly touched (about 15 minutes). Remove and let cool on a baking rack.
- Once cake is cool, cut into circles that will fit in the jars. You can use a round cookie cutter, biscuit cutter, or one of your jars. Layer cake and curd in the jars and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the meringue.
- In a metal mixing bowl over simmering water, whisk together sugar and egg whites until the sugar is completely dissolved. Place bowl on mixer and beat with the whisk attachment for 5 minutes on low. Increase speed to high and beat for 5 minutes more.
- Pipe or spoon the meringue on the cakes. Using a small kitchen torch, brown the meringue OR place under the broiler for just a minute until browned.
I buy canning jars at Walmart in the canning aisle. They are inexpensive and since they're made for canning, they withstand high temperatures.
The amount of lemon curd you need really depends on how thick you pile it on. If you just use a small amount, two jars should be enough. Alternately, you could make your own. Click HERE for an easy homemade recipe.
These taste best if eaten while wearing sweat pants. Enjoy!!
Have a happy Monday!!