Chocolate Bundt Cake with darling printable {teacher appreciation}

    Posted by  ·  April 24, 2011

    Hi! My name is Calli from Make it Do. I am a mother of three grade school kids and a big fan of their teachers. I am so happy to be part of Skip to My Lou’s Teacher Appreciation Ideas Week.

    Teacher Appreciation is the perfect chance to say “Thank You!” to our favorite teachers, librarians, and school staff.

    I owe my kid’s teachers so much. They spend hours each day with them, care about them, and give them essential tools to help them succeed in life.

    Every year when Teacher Appreciation rolls around I look for a gift that shows how much that means to me. I know it’s not the expense of the gift that matters, but the thoughtfulness.


    A small cake, cupcake or mini bundt cake is a perfect gift. Cake is the way to my heart after all. For Teacher Appreciation I love mini bundt cakes because the recipe is easy enough for the kids to help… always a bonus. It’s a treat that seems special and fun. Here’s how to make them:

    Chocolate Bundt Cake

    1 box Devil’s Food Cake (I prefer Betty Crocker)
    1 1/3 cup oil
    4 eggs
    1 small box chocolate pudding
    ½ cup warm water
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup chocolate chips

    Mix ingredients together, adding the chocolate chips last. Pour into greased mini bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Recipe will make 12 mini bundt cakes. Cool completely before frosting. Place frosting in a pastry bag using a medium smooth tip (mine was a Wilton tip #12) and pipe back and forth in loops like shown:

    Easy Butter Frosting

    1/3 cup softened butter
    3 cups powdered sugar
    1 – 1/2 tsp. vanilla
    2-3 Tbsp. milk depending on desired consistency (a little stiffer is better for the bundts)

    Mix together til smooth. Add coloring if desired.

    I love to give the mini bundts in a small gift box, just to make it feel a little fancy. And speaking of fancy how about flowers on top? Is that too much? Not for me.

    And since no gift would be complete with out a tag. I’ve created a sweet little printable just for you.

    Click here for the downloadable PDF.

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    1. Becky
      Sunday, March 5th, 2017
      Hello, I am making these as I type. They will end up being mini volcanoes with red and orange frosting. My question, 1 and 1/3 cup oil, is that right? Seems like a lot!
    2. Beth
      Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
      I'm a teacher and I have four sons. Every year at parent-teacher conferences (long, long days for teachers!), I bring a treat to my sons' teachers. I love your idea of the mini-bundt cake, so I paid $1 per box and about $.30 per cake and gave them to the teachers. I even tied a plastic fork onto the ribbon, so they could dig right in. Thanks for the idea!
    3. Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
      This is so cute! Thank you!
    4. Thursday, December 15th, 2011
      its look great, and want a new delicious cakes, that how to make, just go to visit, its good quality chocolate website, and a lot of stuff about chocolate ( cikolata ) . have a nice day. thanks.
    5. Friday, August 5th, 2011
      charming gift cake, the ingredients are so simple.
    6. Denise
      Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
      Where did you get the boxes for your cakes? How many cakes per box?
    7. Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
      I wanted to thank you for sharing such a cute idea! I totally "borrowed" it for teacher appreciation treats this year :) They were a big hit!!
    8. Monday, May 2nd, 2011
      Hi Debbie, The font is called Fling LET. I've used it over and over... it's one of my favorites. cheers, Calli
    9. Debbie
      Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      What font did you use on "You Take the Cake"? I love it!!
    10. Monday, April 25th, 2011
      Hi Patricia, I laughed when I wrote this post... and almost threw in a little Greek Wedding quote. "What is it? Its a bundt. A bunndtttt, a bonk, a bunnnnnnnndt. Its a cake. A CAKE!!" I don't even have big hair and I still like the fancy little flower on the cake ;-). cheers, Calli
    11. Monday, April 25th, 2011
      Very Pretty!. I will say, though, the flowers instantly made me think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. :)
    12. Sunday, April 24th, 2011
      So adorable. I love everything that Calli does.
    13. Gail
      Sunday, April 24th, 2011
      What a great idea! I always rack my brain trying to find something different and new, and this is a nice idea!