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"WHAT'S FOR DINNER HONEY?"

We're always in search of a great hostess gift.  Yes, a little something-something from La Petite Maison or Darilynn's is always welcome. But the time we brought these already packaged up in their own Mason jars, as a "thank-you-for-inviting-us, may-I-eat-my-gift-to-you-now?" hostess present for a ski-weekend invitation, we were all happy, happy, happy.

Hot-Chocolate Cakes 

8 eight ounce Mason jars {usually found in the gelatin/jam aisle at the grocery}
1¾ cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder,  plus more for dusting
¼ cup hot chocolate mix {yeah, like Swiss Miss or Land o' Lakes} 

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup strong coffee, at room temperature

2 cups whipped cream {or for maximum decadence, Marshmallow Whipped Cream, recipe below}

Preheat the oven to 300°.  {I always try to tell you that first off, since I forget to preheat and am standing around the kitchen filling my time by eating cookies. A bad time-wasting methodology.}

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, hot-chocolate mix, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, olive oil and coffee.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, a third at a time, whisking to incorporate between each addition.

Arrange eight 8-ounce Mason jars on a sheet tray and carefully pour ½ cup batter into each jar. Place the tray in the oven and bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Top each cake with the whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder. Serve warm.

Marshmallow Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup marshmallow Fluff, or microwaved and softened marshmallows

Whip heavy cream until peaks form. Stir in marshmallow cream, and add vanilla. Whip until everything is fantastically, fluffily, creamily mixed.  Refrain from going face down into the bowl. You have to maintain dignity Betty.