Wednesday, February 23, 2011

cake in a coffee mug

Looking for an easy (and cheap) gift??  For a birthday?  Christmas?  As a thank you?  To a college kid? Or just because?

Looking for something yummy for your kids to eat as an after school snack?  Or something yummy just for you?

Look no further.  I have the answer! 

Behold!  the Cake in a Coffee Mug!...............

How to create your confection:

You will need....
1 chocolate cake mix
1 (4 serving size) chocolate instant pudding

Blend ingredients well until completely mixed.  Measure 1/2 cup dry mix into sandwich bags. (Yields: 8-9)

To make glaze...
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp cocoa powder

Combine the above ingredients and place in a separate sandwich bag. (Yields: 1 serving)

To assemble your gift...

In a large coffee mug, place a cake mix bag and a glaze mix bag.  Using ribbon (or raffia), attach a tag with instructions for cooking (instructions located below).  A few suggestions:  1)  Tape a birthday candle to the instructions tag.  2)  Wrap the sandwich bags together in coordinating tissue paper before placing inside the mug.   3)  Attach a small wire whisk to accompany your gift.

Instructions to print on tag...

To Use:
Grease or spray coffee mug with cooking spray.  Empty cake mix into mug and add 1 egg white, 1 Tbl oil, and 1 Tbl water.  Blend with fork until smooth.  Place in microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes.  While cake is cooking, add 1-1/2 tsp water into the glaze mix baggie.  Close and gently rub baggie until glaze is smooth.  When cake is done, remove from microwave, cut a small hole in the corner of glaze baggie and apply glaze to your mug cake.  Eat while warm!

Flavor ideas:
You may not want chocolate cake w/ chocolate glaze.  You actually can use ANY cake mix flavor.  Just be sure to choose a pudding mix that will coordinate nicely with your cake mix. 

Lemon cake mix - lemon pudding
Yellow cake mix - vanilla pudding
Pineapple cake mix - coconut pudding
Butterscotch cake mix - butterscotch pudding

Also be sure to choose a coordinating dry flavoring for your glaze, in place of the cocoa powder, such as powdered lemonade mix, powdered vanilla, powdered orange breakfast drink mix, etc...

Another helpful hint...
If you want to make the packets easier for the recipient, add 2 tsp of Just Whites (an egg replacement powder) to each individual baggie of cake mix.  And on the directions tag, add additional 1 Tbl water to recipe and omit egg white from recipe.

Cute, yummy and thoughtful...your recipient (or you) will NOT be disappointed.  
It's a hit every time (without 'hitting' your wallet).  I promise! 

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  1. ash w.2/23/2011

    so cute! i will totally use this idea sometime! thanks!

  2. Anonymous2/23/2011

    I want to be like you when I grow up. It's true. You are amazing. The end.


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