SURPRISE INSIDE CHRISTMAS TREE CAKE {gluten, nut & soy free, dairy free option}

This Christmas tree cake may look intimidating, but is actually super easy to make! A surprise inside cake that takes a simple loaf cake and transforms it into a work of art – and with no fuss or fancy equipment! This is the simple, yet impressive, Christmas dessert recipe everyone should have up their sleeves.

A front view of the surprise inside Christmas tree cake, with a few slices having been cut. The yellow batter envelops the Grinch green central Christmas tree pattern. White sprayed pinecones and candy canes provide the Christmas atmosphere.

This cake is like a ninja – perfectly ordinary on the outside and then you cut into it and WOWZA: there’s a Christmas tree in each slice!

As with many of my recipes, this one has come about because I’ve seen something vaguely similar… somewhere… and remembered the process… approximately. So, of course, I simply had to try it myself. Plus, it’s a pattern INSIDE a loaf cake. It’s fun! (And “it’s fun” is always the best reason to bake something.)

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MASON JAR HOT CHOCOLATE DIY CHRISTMAS GIFTS {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free}

This mason jar hot chocolate makes the perfect edible Christmas gift. With a simple hot chocolate mix, chopped dark chocolate and homemade marshmallows, this simple yet thoughtful DIY gift will be loved by all – even by the grinchiest of Grinches!

Mason Jar Hot Chocolate DIY Christmas Gifts {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free} - This mason jar hot chocolate makes the perfect edible DIY Christmas gift. With a simple hot chocolate mix, chopped dark chocolate and homemade marshmallows, this simple yet thoughtful DIY gift will be loved by all – even the grinchiest of Grinches!

It’s (finally) December – so turn up the Christmas music and let’s talk Christmas gifts. But not just any old Christmas gifts, na-ah. Edible Christmas gifts.

There’s something remarkably heart-warming about giving gifts one can eat. It’s like you’re saying: “Look, you’re super duper important to me and I’m expressing my love by supplying you with amazingly, mouthwateringly delicious food. Aren’t I the best (insert relation here) EVER?”

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HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free, ref. sugar free option, vegan, paleo option}

This homemade hot chocolate mix makes the most delicious, decadent, luscious hot chocolate. It’s definitely a go-to on a cold, dreary day – after all, homemade hot chocolate is the ultimate comfort drink.

Luscious, decadent homemade hot chocolate being poured into a white cup from a red saucepan. Bunches of holly and Christmas baubles give a Christmas atmosphere to the photo.

It’s been a long day, friends. A long day in a series of long days. You know what would make this long day a whole lot better? A blanket nest, a good book and, of course, hot chocolate. With some homemade marshmallows. Now doesn’t that just sound… heavenly.

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HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOWS {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free}

White, fluffy, sweet, sticky and entertainingly bouncy – who doesn’t love marshmallows? We usually stick to the store-bought ones… the sickly sweet, questionable tasting ones. What if I told you that making your own homemade marshmallows is one of the easiest things in the world, and that you’ll love every minute of it? Interested? Well, read on to find out how to make marshmallows – with step-by-step pictures and instructions!

Two white, fluffy marshmallows, partially stacked on top of each other are in the front, with more marshmallows and cookie cutters in the background. Red and gold Christmas baubles in the background give a pop of colour.

I have this slightly backwards, don’t I? The basics should come before the fancy pancy added-flavour recipe, right? Oh, well – the story of my life. Why make things simple and start from the beginning, when you can make things complex and confuse everyone (including yourself)?

Nevertheless, here we are, seeking answers for the question of how to make marshmallows.

The simple answer: easily, without fuss and quite quickly, too.

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