I find the act of giving a fulfilling action, more than receiving. Especially when is something beautiful and sustainable. That will somehow enrich a life sans cluttering with another unnecessary item. Because let be honest, we rarely need, truly need, something (materialistic). All er need is needed are real relationships, health and love. And also a little sign of that love.
In this sense what is best to receive from me that an edible gift, considering all my friends long for my cakes all year long?
It happened that I had many reused jars, much more than usual, literally crowded in my cupboard and a lot of organic ingredients that I did not want to leave to grow old while I am on holiday...
So here it comes a cake in a jar that I can carry or post to any friend. Up to them when they want to enjoy their cakes!
I filled up the jars with the ingredients well separated, so the different colours make the jars more interesting. Also, the jars are filled up to the very top so the ingredients cannot move about and get mixed in an ugly beige blend. I have used the Bormioli Quattro Stagioni jars 500ml with this recipe quantities.
However, I have filled some bottle with raw cocoa powder and coconut sugar only partially with the right amount only of a single or double chocolate. So your friends can fill up the bottle with warm nut milk and shake it for an instant hot chocolate milkshake!
And now the jar cake recipe!
This recipe feeds 4-6.
This cake is inspired by a healthy doughnut recipe I made for a friend for her Channukka, I still wanted the recipe to involve a bit of oil to adhere to the tradition of the festivity, so also the cake will need an extra brush of oil, it only makes it super yummy!
Ingredients in the jar
160 gr self-raising gluten-free flour
40 gr fairtrade cacao powder
50 gr raw sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa nibs
2 Tbsp flax seeds meal
1/2 tsp finely grounded cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Ingredients to be added to make the cake:
75 ml or 1/3 cup plain plant yoghurt
200 ml water
80 ml extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Empty your jar in a large bowl and mix together the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and stir slowly and gently until well combined.
Pour the batter into a cake tin of 15 cm or in a doughnut tin.
Bake the cake for 25 min, or until the stick comes out clean. Or, if you are making the doughnuts, bake them for 15min.
You can dust the cake or doughnuts with extra sugar and cinnamon!
Enjoy and happy Christmas!