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Birthday In A Box

So, my favorite aunt turned 70 on Thursday. We can’t be there to celebrate with her, so we sent her a birthday party.

In the upper right corner, in the gold MMA box, is a unicorn cup. My grandparents used to own this set of mugs, but now all that’s left is the monkey one, or the lucky mug, as my aunt calls it. I finally went to the Cloisters this spring to see the Unicorn tapestries in person, so I thought I’d get her a unicorn mug to replace it. But it seemed a small thing for 70 years by itself.

So I added a mug cake mix. I wanted a recipe that A) tasted amazing, and B) required minimal addition of liquid ingredients, so she could have a little birthday cake in her new mug right out of the box. I adapted the mix from this recipe. Here’s what was in the mix:

Molten Chocolate Mug Cake Mix

Mix in a mug and then put into a plastic bag :

2 tablespoons flour
1 and 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch salt
2 teaspoons dry milk powder
1/8 cup chocolate chips

Also include in the package one of these:

(A single-serve package of chocolate peanut butter).

To make the cake up, you put the dry mix in a mug with 1 tablespoon oil and 2 tablespoons water and stir well. Then you plop half a tiny package of chocolate peanut butter in the middle of the mug and submerge it in the batter. Microwave it for one minute, and you have a lovely, delicious, molten little cake, much more delicious than any other of this type of personal cake I’ve tried. I made two little packages of this, with fancy tags, and put them in the birthday gift bag you can see above. Here’s what the packaging looked like:

(The fonts, if you’re curious, are Silvestre Relief and Nickelodeon, both free downloads.) We added some really tall skinny rainbow-colored birthday candles for the cake, too.

The rest of the package is just more swag to make a happy 1-person birthday party. There are gold fourth-of-july sparklers, a vial of pink bubbles to blow, a plastic birthday tablecloth, a canister of light-up bracelets, some Lindt chocolate, and a kid-made birthday card, all wrapped up for maximal unwrappy bliss.

Here’s how we packaged it:

Hopefully my aunt will have a happy birthday!

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