Many parents struggle with Christmas gifts for teachers, coaches, friends, etc. As a former teacher, I can tell you that you will never go wrong with food! (good food, that is) I have done a few things over the years that got rave reviews, and were very inexpensive. Of course, I’m willing to share!
Cake in a Cup:
Get a nice, large mug. (NEVER give a teacher a “teacher” mug. I guarantee they already have 1000) I tried this cake before I gave it(it’s more of a brownie consistency) , and I LOVED it! It is one serving, and they can make it in the microwave when they get a chocolate craving.
18 ¼ oz. Chocolate Cake Mix (box, any brand)
3.9 oz. pkg. Instant chocolate pudding mix
3 c. powdered sugar, divided
4 ½ T. hot cocoa mix, divided
2 ¼ t. vanilla powder, divided (This is the only expensive ingredient, and can be left out if needed.)
Place dry cake mix and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl; mix together.Divide and place a ½ cup mix in 8 plastic sandwich bags; secure with twist ties and label as cake mix.Tuck one bag in a large mug that will hold at least 1 ½ cups of water.Because the cake is microwaved, be sure the cup doesn’t have any metal decorations on it.Place 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons hot cocoa mix and ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder in 8 plastic sandwich bags; secure with twist ties and label as glaze mix.Makes 8 individual mixes for coffee mugs.
Gift Tag (Tie onto the handle with raffia or ribbon)
Generously spray inside of coffee mug with nonstick vegetable spray.Empty contents of cake mix bag into mug and add one egg white, 1 Tablespoon oil and 1 Tablespoon water.Mix until well blended.Microwave on high for two minutes.While cake is baking place glaze mix in small mixing bowl and add 1 ½ teaspoons water, mix well.When cake is done, pour glaze over cake in cup and enjoy while warm.
I put this Cake-in-a Cup into a Coffee and Dessert gift basket. Add a 1/2 lb of Bald Guy Brew Coffee and a few chocolate truffles, and you have a wonderful gift basket. You can buy baskets at the Dollar Store, and shrink-wrap for gift baskets in any craft store and it looks very professional.
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This post was previously published in November, 2008.