Day 68: Chocolate Cupcake Mix In-a-Jar

Chocolate Cupcake Mix In-a-Jar
  
Day Sixty-Eight (27.07.2012)
Processing: N/A
Yield: 1 x pint jar per batch (each jar makes 12 - 15 cupcakes)
Recipe Source: Best Recipes

       
So, craving something sweet today I decided to make some chocolate cupcakes to drizzle some of that butterscotch sauce atop (recipe HERE). A few years ago I made christmas gifts of brownies in a jar - so figured layering the ingredients for the cupcakes in a pint jar would be ideal for not only gifts but when I don't have much time to prepare something for visitors. I adjusted the proportions of each ingredient in the original recipe so this will snugly fill a wide mouth pint jar. This would keep for several months and looks quite cute with a cupcake-printed fabric cover and some ribbon holding the recipe to the jar, don't you think :)
  
Ingredients:
1 cup plain flour
5 tablespoons cocoa
10 tablespoons castor (superfine) sugar - can also use a sugar substitute
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 vanilla bean
          
Sift flour, spoon half into the base of a clean, dry wide mouth mason jar, layer half of the sifted cocoa on top of the flour, then half of the castor sugar and finally half of the baking powder. Split vanilla bean in half if you wish (I did), poking each piece down the side of the jar but against the glass so you can see it from outside. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make a second layer. For patterning, gently slide a wooden skewer down the inside of the jar several times until the cocoa mixes with a little of the flour/sugar to make a nice print. Add seal and twist ring on tight. Label lid and add fabric cover and instructions.
  



  
Variations: Add a few tablespoons of chocolate chips or other flavouring of your choice.
      
Gift ideas: give a jar of "chocolate cupcakes in a jar" with some pretty cupcake wrappers, sprinkles/decorations, wrap jars with some nice ribbon. You could even partner it with a jar of chocolate sauce or butterscotch sauce!  :(^_^):

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