Today’s post is a great recipe and a gift idea! I am not one to reinvent the wheel, so when I come across great ideas I try to use them. That said, I try to give credit where credit is due. I came across the following recipe/ gift idea at http://www.dollarstorecrafts.com, which is a very cool website if you’ve never checked it out. The original address for the project is here if you would like to see the original source.
I was trying to think of an inexpensive but thoughtful way to thank my son’s teacher, classroom aide, and therapists for all of their extra efforts helping him to have a successful transition to kindergarten. These “cake-in-a-mug” treats were the answer! I got the mugs at The Dollar Store, cello bags from the baking supply section at Walmart, and printed up the directions at home. (Note: This makes like 40 servings of cake, so maybe team up with some friends who are also interested in gift ideas, or use for a big function like a shower, or teacher appreciation)
-Box of any flavor cake mix (I used Dark Chocolate)
-Box of Angel Food cake mix
-cello bags with twist ties
-ribbon if desired
-coffee mugs (one per gift recipient)
-paper, supplies for printing or writing out the directions
In a large bowl, mix the two flavors of cake mix until they are well blended.
For each gift recipient, put 3 tablespoons of the blended mixture into a cello bag and twist tie it closed. (3 T. equals 1 serving of cake. I tried to fit 2 servings into one mug, but when I cooked it, it overflowed. One serving for a standard mug size seems to work best)
Print directions for gift recipient on how to prepare their cake. (This is called the 3-2-1 recipe because it uses 3 T. of cake mix, 2 T. of water, and is cooked in the microwave for 1 minute. Cute, right?) These can be typed or done by hand. They could be hole-punched and tied to the gift with a pretty ribbon if you desire. I just stuck mine in the mugs with the bags of cake mix.
Here are my mugs when they were all done. I like how the red, black, and orange kind of gave them a Fall, back-to-school feel.
Here is what the cakes like after they’re cooked in the mugs…
and once they’ve been tipped out on to a serving dish. They are very hot when they first come out of the microwave. Make sure to let them cool!
My son loved his just plain, but I think a yummy topping like ice cream, fudge or Cool Whip would go a long way to make them even better.
Have a great weekend everyone!