If you like to get creative in the kitchen or have been inspired by the delicious bakes on this year’s Great British Bake Off (who hasn’t?), why not get those oven gloves on and bake your own homemade Christmas gifts this year? It’s a great cost-effective way to give personalised presents, and can be a load of fun for the whole family to get involved with. There’s nothing quite like a present with a personal touch, and with that in mind, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite homemade Christmas gift ideas to help you get inspired in the run up to the big day.
Our fantastically festive cupcakes will make a lovely Christmas treat for the family, and the easy recipe is perfect for getting the kids involved with as well. Here’s how to make 24 Christmas cupcakes:
- 220g/8oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
- 220g/8oz caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 220g/8oz self-raising flour
- 1-2 tbsp milk
How to make…
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line your muffin tin with paper cases. If your muffin tin holds 12 cases, you’ll need to do two batches 2. Mix together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy 3. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into the bowl with the butter and sugar. 4. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl along with the milk and vanilla, and stir well. 5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases 6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, make sure the cupcakes are golden brown on top 7. Cool the cupcakes as they are for 10 minutes, then remove from tin and allow them to cool completely
Icing your cupcakes
To make them even more festive, add some icing! With our huge range of cake decorating equipment you can get as adventurous as you like. For 24 cupcakes, beat 220g butter until it’s soft, and gradually mix with 220g icing sugar. And of course, what Christmas cupcake would be complete without some added sparkle – we love glitter spray and traditional hundreds and thousands?
To give them as a gift, why not display them on a cake stand? Or this cake tin is great for transporting your creations!
Personalised jars with ribbon
You can do so much with a clip top glass jar! One nice gift idea is to fill the glass jar with their favourite sweets, such as jelly babies or a particular pick n’ mix. If you enjoy baking, you could even make fudge or shortbread for the jar! If you decide to give someone a jar of sweet goodies, finish it off by using our festive ribbon. Our ribbon will do the job. If the person you’re buying a gift for doesn’t have a sweet tooth, you could always use the ribbon to decorate a plant… just make sure you keep watering it before giving it as a gift!
Cookie kit in a jar
Our final gift idea is to give someone the ingredients to make their own cookies. It’s quicker and easier then you’d think – all you need to do is get hold of the following ingredients:
• 1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup caster sugar
• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda)
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 cup chocolate-covered sweets (such as M&M’s or Smarties)
• 1/2 cup cocoa crisped-rice cereal (such as Coco Pops)
Put the ingredients into a Kilner jar in the above order, and you’ll get a lovely layered appearance. Add some ribbon to the jar to make it festive, and a little tag with a message and the instructions below.
Instructions for your tag:
How to make 48 cookies!
Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 egg in a large bowl.
Step 2: Add the contents of the jar and stir until well blended.
Step 3: Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto a non-stick, or a greased up baking sheet.
Step 4: Bake at 180°/Gas Mark 4 for 10 to 12 minutes
Alternative gift ideas
If the person you’re buying for loves cookies but doesn’t like to bake, you could always just fill a jar with their favourite cookies! Other great ideas include filling a jar with their favourite things, such as make up brushes and accessories, or cooking utensils!