Frugal Foodie Mama: Peppermint Bark Mocha Mug Cake Gift {+ Free Printables!}

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Peppermint Bark Mocha Mug Cake Gift {+ Free Printables!}

Need a quick, budget friendly, & delicious last minute holiday gift idea?  Look no further! This easy Peppermint Bark Mocha Mug Cake Gift is just what you are looking for...
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It's that time of December.... time for that scramble for last minute holiday gifts!  
This Peppermint Bark Mocha Mug Cake Gift is the perfect teacher or hostess gift.  It is also wonderful to have a few made up and on hand for those unexpected gift givers (you all know who I am talking about- those friends & family who pop over & bring you a little something that you were not expecting and then you feel sort of like a jerk because you happen to be empty-handed. ;) )

This little gift also happens to be super easy to put together & extremely budget friendly!  You can pick up cute holiday mugs at your local dollar store.  I found this one at Walmart for less than $2!  You could also take a cue from all those DIY Sharpie decorated mug tutorials I have been seeing on Pinterest- just pick up a box of plain white mugs & some Sharpies and personalize away!

Of course, you could just pick up a bag of Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bells & whip up a few of these on Christmas Eve night for family or friends.... or really any time. ;)
Peppermint Bark Mocha Mug Cake
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 seconds
Ingredients (1 mug cake)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bell
For the gift
  • holiday mug
  • baker's twine or ribbon
  • holiday treat bags
  • Additional Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bells
In a mug, whisk together the dry ingredients- the flour through the salt. Add in the coffee & oil & stir well. Drop 1 Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bell into the center of the batter.
Microwave on high for 45 seconds.

*For the gift*
In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients- the flour through the salt. Pour into a small baggie or holiday treat bag. Tie closed with baker's twine or ribbon.

Place tissue paper into the bottom of the mug. Add in the bagged mix. Drop 3-4 Peppermint Bark Bells into the mug. You could also place these in a separate treat bag and tie it closed.

Print your gift tag/recipe instructions in your chosen color scheme. Fold over & a punch a hole in the tag. Tie the tag to the handle of the mug and voila!
The perfect last minute holiday gift!
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To make it even easier for you, I commissioned my talented blogger friend, Emily from It Bakes Me Happy to create a free printable gift tag with the recipe instructions in 3 different color schemes for you all...

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I love to make these Peppermint Bark Mocha Mug Cakes with coffee leftover from the morning pot of joe.  If your gift recipient happens to not be a coffee drinker, they could substitute milk for the coffee.  But it really wouldn't be a mocha mug cake then.... but still really moist, chocolaty, pepperminty, & delicious! :)

Who will YOU make a Peppermint Bark Mocha Mug Cake Gift for this year? 

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