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Can you believe it? Only 11 days until the slightly fat jolly old man tries to squeeze down people’s chimneys… The only time of year we want some guy to break into our houses! The weeks have gone far too quick and left me completely disorganised! There’s still presents to buy, menus to plan, decorations to be hang and of course that little thing called work. I’ve left it far too late to post a gift guide or anything like that but just remember when in doubt, beer always works…

For those of you who would like to give a slightly more sophisticated gift, never fear, I have a solution and it is not to buy more expensive beer (although that would work too). Just head down to your local supermarket buy a few ingredients, then stop by your favourite kitchenware store and buy a jar. After that, all that’s left to do is to put said ingredients into said jar, add some Christmasness to it and BAM present sorted. Simple Brownie Cake in a Jar. Too easy huh? You can thank me later.

Truth be told I’ve had this idea in the pipeline for a while and I was going to actually post it last week… then I checked my instagram feed and someone slightly more famous (I used the word slightly loosely) had posted this picture! I didn’t want people thinking I stole her idea… I had the idea first along with the hundreds of thousands of search results on Google, anyway I digress (as a side note these things have popped up EVERYWHERE since I started writing this… how unoriginal of me… my bad). Give a home made gift to your loved ones this year and you will be in the good books (at least until you do something wrong hmmm)… The homemade gift may be a result of disorganisation but they don’t need to know that. To any family or friends who may or may not receive a jar of Christmassy goodness from me… I had planned to make them, therefore I do not qualify as disorganised…

So why am I calling this a Brownie Cake in a Jar you ask? Well because it’s not quite a brownie and it’s not quite a cake… it sits somewhere in between and it is delicious. As for the jar part, well the ingredients are presented nicely in a jar until you are ready to make it, Just write a tag telling them to add 3 eggs and 125g melted batter and then wright the method, it really is that simple. BONUS you can reuse the jar (unleash the inner hipster and fill it with beer)! Having things in jars is the new black… well at least it may have been last year… I’m a little slow on the uptake.

Merry Christmas folks! I hope everyone stuffs their face with awesome food and good times!

Brownie Cake in a Jar

15Prep Time

40Cook Time

55Total Time

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  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups caster sugar
  • ¾ Cups plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Extras of your choice, macadamia nuts, marshmallows choc bits ect
  • Just Add3 eggs
  • 125g melted butter, cooled

Now What?

  1. Combine the all the ingredients except the eggs and butter into your jar (you can layer it if you like or just mix it all together). Then fill the remainder of the jar with the extra bits.
  2. Preheat oven to 180’c
  3. Grease and line a brownie tray
  4. Melt 125g butter and allow to cool
  5. Add the 3 eggs to cooled butter and mix well
  6. Add the contents of the jar to the eggs and butter and fold through
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until just cooked



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