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DIY: Cake In A Mug Christmas Gift (Double Chocolate Cake)

I really love the gift of giving. 

Time, advice, support, physical presents, coffee, wine...... ;)

I am in my element at Christmas and I much prefer the process of giving my gifts over receiving them. In my older age I am really do put a lot of thought into my gifting and I'm also a big fan of DIY. If you're a regular reader of my blog you've probably already had some insight into this. A few months I posted a recipe/ tutorial for cookie in a jar which really does make a wonderful gift. You may also know that I am the proud owner of Little Bump Shop, an online gift store for pregnant/ new mummies and I hand make everything I sell myself.

This Christmas I wanted to do something really special for Baby Girl's nursery teachers. She's come so far since she's been going there and I really can see the special bond she has formed with them just by watching them interact.

I have personally been a fan of mug cakes lately. What's not to love about them? They are quick, easy and come in single portions meaning you don't have to feel extra guilty or tempted by any left overs. LIGHTBULB MOMENT! Cake in a mug Christmas gift! Your recipient will get to enjoy a delicious portion of cake and then get to keep enjoying the mug for years to come. Who doesn't love a pretty mug? I got creating and I'm so happy with the finished product that I just had to share with you all. 

The cake itself is soft, spongey and chocolatey and the pockets of melted chocolate throughout really makes this cake resemble heaven in a mug. 

You will need:
  • Mug
  • Small whisk
  • Self raising flour
  • Cocoa
  • Sugar
  • 2 mini packets of mini chocolate buttons (or any other chocolate chips)
  • Measuring spoon
  • Tea strainer (for sifting, I find it easier to use something small due to the small quantities)
  • String
  • Gift tags
  • Mini Christmas baubles
  • Clear cellophane 
  • Clear cellophane bags
  • Scissors

Step 1: Sift together 4 tablespoons self raising flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa and 4 tablespoons sugar. Make sure it's well mixed. Scoop into a cellophane bag (or you can make a pouch out of a cellophane square) and seal tightly with a piece of string.

Step 2: Create some labels with the following information:

Double Chocolate Cake In A Mug
You will need:
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
Pour dry ingredient pouch into mug
Beat in egg with whisk
Add oil & milk and whisk until mixture is smooth
Mix in chocolate buttons throughout batter
Microwave on higher 3 minutes
Allow to cool for 2 minutes and enjoy warm

Step 3: Wrap dry ingredients pouch, whisk and chocolate buttons into a square of cellophane and position nicely in the mug. Tie with string and allow excess strong to attach the tags and christmas baubles.

Step 4: Attach the tags and christmas baubles to your gift. Get creative! :)


Where I got my materials from:
I'm a serial DIYer so I had a lot of the materials already making this a very cost effective gift for me. The mugs I got for 2 for £2.99 and the whisks were 2 for £1.99 from B&M bargains. The Christmas baubles and gift tags were from Tiger and from memory they were about £2. All the food ingredients were from Sainsbury's and apart from the chocolate buttons were already in my pantry. The cellophane bags I picked up from Amazon that I used for a previous DIY project. From memory the cellophane, string and scissors were from Hobbycraft.

Here is the finished product. Should you just like the look of this and want to whip one up for yourself I'll include the recipe below.

Double Chocolate Cake In A Mug

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes

Serves: 2 technically (but I won't judge if you want to indulge in a whole mug yourself ;) )

  • 4 tablespoons self raising flour (sifted)
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 mini packets chocolate buttons (or other chocolate chips)
Cooking Directions
  1. In a mug combine flour, cocoa and sugar.
  2. Beat in egg with whisk
  3. Add oil & milk and whisk until mixture is smooth
  4. Mix in chocolate buttons throughout batter
  5. Microwave on higher 3 minutes
  6. Allow to cool for 2 minutes and enjoy warm

Kat x

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  1. Good idea and blog - informative and interesting!

    1. Glad you liked it Leigh. Thanks for stopping by! X

  2. Oh my gosh...OK the cake looks delicious but I am actually drooling over the pictures. The photography is amazing - I can see that your new camera is so worth it and I totally want one now!! The pictures are just fab. What a great gift, Baby Girl's teachers are so lucky!

  3. And I should - you are a fantastic photographer! It's not the camera really, it's the eye that some people have for taking great pics. You definitely have it!

    1. You are so sweet, thank you Amy! I am loving the Camera. I try and put some thought into the positioning of the photos etc but it really is the Camera that makes the shots look good! An investment well worth it x

  4. This is amazing! I've been wondering what to give my son's reception class teachers, I think this might be a winner, thank you! x

  5. What a fab idea! Is there no end to your talents and P.S. where is mine? ;P Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

    1. Haha you're so sweet. You have plenty of talent! Xxx

  6. These are so cute & perfect for all the random family members and neighbours that you don't actually ever know what to get! I'd love receiving something like this- I'm definitely putting this idea in the bank for this Christmas! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. These gifts are perfect for situations like that. I think this idea is going to rotate my list for many Xmas to come x

  7. Such a great idea! I'd be delighted to receive one of these, they look absolutely lovely (as does the end result!)

  8. This is such a brilliant idea! I think I might do a couple of these as a gift too :) thanks for the idea!

  9. Aww... Such a lovely idea! I am going to do this for Ethan's teacher too. Thank you for the inspiration. I am pinning this! :) #coolmumclub

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