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DIY Christmas Gifts / Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a Jar


Again, nothing uber complicated here – just some inspiration for your holiday gifting this year! I filled mason jars with hot chocolate mix and candy cane, marshmallows and some of the DIY Peppermint Stir Sticks and it makes for a pretty sweet (pun intended) gift. 

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED: Hot Chocolate Mix. Mini Marshmallows. Candy Canes. Mason Jar. 
Other Posts: How to make the stir sticks. 

STEP 1: Hot Chocolate
Fill your jar with hot chocolate mix. You can make your own mix, I just went to the Bulk Barn and loaded up on some. I’m picking my battles this season. Making my own hot chocolate isn’t one of them. 

STEP 2: Layer in some marshmallows

STEP 3: I’m a sucker for plain red and white candy canes – so opted to just do that colour combo of candy cane. I put a whack load of them in my food processor and used the PULSE function – being careful to not over blend the candy canes – which would result in a really fine dust – which Oscar excitedly called “Christmas dust” and thought it was magical – because it floats up into the air and smells lovely when you open up the food processor after blending. Although the fine dust is lovely to use, you want some “chunks” for presentation in the jar. Layer some on top of the marshmallows.

STEP 4: You can finish off the jar with some red and white candies. 

STEP 5: Attach some of your homemade chocolate stir sticks. 

STEP 5: Go to the Dollar store and get a white mug, and put it all together for a lovely gift!

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world’s best icing recipe

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Ok, so I got the cake in a cup explained, next, I have to tell you probably the best part of it. The icing. I have to tell you, my icing is da’ bomb. No really. It’s ridiculously good. And there is one simple trick. Want to know what it is? Read on. 

Get your butter get to room temperature.

Beat it with an electric mixer.

 

Have 2 cups of icing sugar in a measuring cup, and slowly mix in parts with the butter.

 

It will look a little crumbly.

 

Here is the magic ingredient. Almond flavouring. Add in the teaspoon …

Beat the mixture again – the almond flavouring will not only add flavour, but the needed liquid to make it smoother.

Add 1/2 a cup of more icing sugar to the mix. You can add a dash of warm water to the mixture, if you find it too thick.  Don’t add too much water – it really quickly makes an icing go too runny. Should you make it too runny, just add some extra icing sugar.



Ta-da! That’s it! It’s thick, bursting with flavour and oh-so bad for youLindsay’s Awesomesauce Icing Recipe
250 g of Butter
2 1/2 Cups of Icing Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Almond Extract
Dash of warm water
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cake in a cup

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A few nights before I hosted my garden party I was over at a girlfriends for a little birthday celebration. As I left to walk back to my house, she handed me a cupcake to take home in a red disposable cup (kind of synonymous with a frat party). It was cute, funny, and also – genius. I sat on the couch that night watching TV, eating the cupcake out of the cup. It wasn’t messy and the cake was contained.

The next day when I was contemplating the desserts for the party, that cupcake in the cup triggered an idea. No one likes standing at a party holding a cupcake in their hands – it’s so messy and, awkward. So, how about a mini cupcake in a cup? So, here is how I did it. It’s really easy, and doesn’t really need that much explanation but I’ll share how I did it.

First, I started with a cake in a box. (I used Duncan Hines Confetti Mix)

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Here’s a little trick – I add extra sprinkles to it, so it’s extra colourful.

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I don’t stir it too much, so it doesn’t get too murky, as the sprinkles settle 

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Make mini cupcakes – For added measure, I sprinkle extra on top of the mini cupcakes 

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When baked, you’ll have sweet little cupcakes like so…

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From the dollar store, get some of the disposable wine glasses. Place a mini cupcake in – I found I liked it when they went in upside down. Next comes the icing.

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I’ll post my own person icing recipe this week as it never fails to get compliments. But for now, let’s assume you have your own recipe. You’ll want it thick enough, so that it stays firm. And, I would highly recommend a piping bag. I use Wilton’s, I keep a stash in my baking drawer – and I also use cake decorating tips. If you don’t have cake decorating tips – and you like to bake – go get some! I would say that you should stay away from icing dispensers like this – I find you get the most control with the piping bags.

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Once you have your piping bag full of icing you’re ready to go!

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Add a mini spoon and…. voila! I picked up a box of 20 mini spoons from the dollar store and they work perfectly.

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That is it. Easy as pie cupcakes. 

Shopping List
Cake …………. Duncan Hines Confetti Cake
Wilton’s Piping Bag (I think The Bulk Barn carries Wilton)
Mini Spoons + Wine Glasses ………. Dollarama