Time Saving Baking Hacks this Holiday Season
Get ready! The baking season is swinging into high gear. If you are short on time, these time saving baking hacks this holiday season will help to keep things simple and delicious.
We know that baking from scratch is delicious but it takes time to look up the recipe, measure the ingredients and put them to work. Not only time but if you have impromptu guests and need something in a pinch keep basic mixes on hand so you are ready to go under any circumstance.
One perfect example is when my daughter told me at 7:00pm she needed 100 cookies for a holiday bake sale! Well, I can’t tell you how thankful I was to have box mixes and cookie pre-made cookie dough on hand. Yes, I had pre-made, scratch dough, in the refrigerator which I made when I had some extra moments over the weekend. Also, just like sprinkles, keep walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips and even espresso powder or finely ground espresso on hand to take box mixes to the next level.
The first simple and delicious recipe is our Peppermint Bark Cake hack. Yes, it can be made by scratch we did not sacrifice flavor with a boxed chocolate cake mix. NOT DEVILS FOOD; just chocolate.
Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cake
Outstanding Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cake can be made from scratch or from box mix. Cupcakes also work well and can be frozen for impromtu visits.
- 1 box Chocolate Cake Box Mix (follow ingredients on box)
- 1 substitute Milk for Water (delicious hack)
- 1/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips (delicious hack)
- 1 tsp Espresso Powder (delicious hack)
Follow mixing instructions and baking instuctions on box. Use the delicious hacks to kick it up and make it taste like its from scratch.
To frost, make a buttercream recipe using. Melt 12 – 14 ounces of white chocolate chips; add slowly while mixing. Make sure chocolate is not hot. Cool a little after melting. If you dont have a large amount of peppermint crunch on hand, use Ghiradelli Peppermint Baking Chunks. Frost cake and sprinkle with peppermint crunch and adorn with a small piece of imitation pine and ribbon.
Holiday Baking Hacks Shopping List
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- White Chocolate Chips
- Holiday Sprinkles
- Peppermint Crunch
- Extra Unsalted Butter
- Confectioners Sugar
- Premade Cookie Doughs or Box Cookie Dough
- Box Chocolate Cake and Brownie Mix
For frosting and dusting keep confectioners sugar on hand. Get the medium or large bag not the small box.
White Chocolate Buttercream
Use this as your White Chocolate Buttercream staple. It is delicious on anything chocolate. Use the Ghiradellii Peppermint Baking Chips for added pepermint flavor.
- 12 ounces White Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
- 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar
- 2 – 3 tbsp Heavy Cream (can subtitute whole milk)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Mix on medium using a countertop or hand mixer. Buttercream is a very personal frosting depending on the project. Some like a thicker consistency some, not so thick. Depending on your needs make sure you add the milk slowly. One tablespoon at a time. More or less if needed. This frosing is flexible. Taste the sweetnes as you move along. Some prefer more vanilla than others.
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