In The Neighborhood : A Slice of Heaven


Welcome to a new feature on my blog: In the Neighborhood. A special post you’ll see from time to time featuring local businesses and things I love. What better way to get free tips, tutorials or advice from local professionals who are aces in their industry? I assure you, you won’t want to miss these posts!!

First up: I have a major sweet tooth. I love to bake. I love Christmas. And I love creativity. So, once I heard about Nicole from A Slice of Heaven and her Cupcakes In A Jar, I had to find out more!

These little babies are perfect to give during the holiday season, easy to make, easy to carry and with Nicole’s recipes, will be unforgettable. Not only do the Cupcakes In A Jar make the perfect gift for coworkers / family / friends but they’re a great idea to use at weddings! The jars can be made a couple days before the big day and given as favors for guests or used as a dessert! Or of course, if you love the idea but you want to save time, Nicole is the lady you need to contact.


Today, we’ll be making Peppermint Patty Cupcake In A Jar. A made-from-scratch chocolate cupcake layered with peppermint patty buttercream, chocolate ganache and crumbled peppermint chocolate cookies…are you drooling yet?

Nicole starts with making the chocolate ganache: Melt 12 oz of semi sweet chocolate chips in the microwave in 15 second intervals, stir after each interval. Scald 6oz of heavy cream in a small sauce pan and immediately add to chips. Wisk until smooth, as Nicole says “Wisks are your friend”, so be sure to whisk it good! : )

Let mixture set covered on countertop for three hours or for faster setup, place in fridge until ganache has an icing like consistency.

Now, time to get started on the peppermint patty icing! Cream two sticks of room temperature butter in mixer on medium speed. Next and very important, add two tablespoons of vanilla slowly to butter while mixing on a low speed. Why is that so important? Nicole says the vanilla flavoring you use in a buttercream frosting is the key to making it taste just so. Nicole recommends to always use a high quality vanilla or flavoring for optimal taste.

Once the butter and vanilla is mixed, it’s time to add one pound of confectioner’s sugar, one scoop at a time. Be sure to mix slowly and in intervals to not cause a huge sugar cloud in your kitchen.  : )

Once your buttercream is completely mixed, it’s time to chop peppermint patties! Use a food processor to chop about 10 peppermint patties (more to less depending upon your preference) and stir into your buttercream.

Next, chop 8 chocolate cookies with creme and peppermint filling (available in the cookie section at most grocers – this is usually a seasonal item) in your food processor.

Now it’s time to assemble our Cupcakes In A Jar! Use any size jar you desire. Nicole prefers the small mason jars with a wide mouth, since there’s more room for all the layers and the wide mouth makes the assembly easy.

Cut one of your made-from-scratch chocolate cupcakes in half (scroll down for recipe) and place in bottom of jar. You may find crumbling the cupcake makes it easier for filling up the space in your jar.

Next, add your chocolate ganache on top of the cake (Nicole recommends using a piping bag with a tip of your choice for a cleaner look).

Time to add the cookie crumbles and then the buttercream with peppermint patty pieces:

Step and repeat, until you reach the top of the jar, ending with the buttercream.

Screw lid on jar and tie with your favorite ribbon or pair with a fork! Something missing? Add a tag to you jar by download free tags here! Stop by tomorrow to see the next featured recipe by Nicole of A Slice of Heaven!


Peppermint Patty Cupcake In A Jar


Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
*Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare two cupcake pans for baking. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking
powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.
Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick
inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.


Vanilla Buttercream
2 sticks of butter
2 tablespoons of vanilla
1 pound of confectioner’s sugar
*Cream butter on medium speed. Add vanilla slowly on low speed. Add sugar one cup at a time on low speed. Once all
the sugar is in the bowl, bring speed back up to medium for 45 seconds to add air and incorporate it all.
For peppermint, replace vanilla with peppermint oil.


Chocolate ganache
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
6 oz heavy cream
*Melt chips in microwave for one minute. Stir. Put in microwave for 15 seconds stirring in between each interval. Scald
heavy cream and immediately add to the chips. Use whisk to stir it together.


Peppermint Patties
Available in the candy section at most grocer’s


Peppermint Oreos
Available in the cookie section at most grocer’s (seasonal item)