Cup-o-Cakes & Tup-o-Cakes: Easy, Frugal Portable Desserts

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Cup-o-Cake by Frugaltroph
For our very first Frugaltroph article, we decided to feature our new favorite frugal dessert. Whenever we bake a whole cake, it often begins to go stale before we’re halfway through it. Therefore we came up with the idea of Cup-o-Cakes, an easy, time- and money-saving way to prepare personal-sized cakes as a snack for yourself, to enjoy with a friend or everyone at your dinner table.

How to Make Cup-o-Cake

  1. Prepare cake mix as directed in an airtight container. If you do not consume a lot of cake, just mix 1/3 of a pack of cake mix with 1 egg and cut the other ingredients (oil and water) to 1/3.
  2. Store unused batter in the refrigerator.
  3. When you feel like having cake, put a few spoonfuls of batter in a microwaveable cup or mug. Do not fill cups more than 1/2 full because the cake will rise quite a bit.
  4. Microwave for about 1 – 1½ minutes or until cake is fully cooked.
  5. Top with frosting and sprinkles if desired.
  6. Eat or wrap as gift. :)

Sack/School Lunch: Tup-o-Cake

Pink Frosting & Sprinkles Tup-o-Cake

If you have children or bring your own lunch to work, imagine how nice it would be to have a beautiful, personal sized cake for a snack or dessert. To do this, follow the same directions for Cup-o-Cake, but make it in a small microwave-safe Tupperware or food storage container. Top it with frosting and/or sprinkles to make your children feel special.

For convenience, you can prepare a week’s worth of Tup-o-Cakes on Sunday evening.

Varying Cake Flavors

  • Swirl different cake mixes together
  • Change frosting colors and flavors
  • Mix in chocolate chips
  • Top with jam
  • Mix in blueberries, mashed bananas and other fruits
  • Top with maraschino cherry
  • Use brownie instead of cake mix
  • Top with instant pudding instead of frosting
  • For the health & weight conscious, mix some oats or bran into your batter before cooking
  • Layer different colors of cake mixes in your cup or container
  • Add vanilla, lemon, almond or other extract in your cake mix

Benefits of Cup-o-Cakes and Tup-o-Cakes

  • Saves utilities: eliminates oven preheating and baking
  • Saves time: only requires 1 or 2 minutes to cook a cake
  • Saves money by buying in “bulk” and using as needed
  • Prevents waste from making more than you can consume
  • Reduces risk of forgetting and burning a whole cake
  • Portion control

Cost of a Cup-o-Cake

We tend to eat small servings and usually use about 2 tablespoons of batter in an 8 oz. cup. With cake mix at $1.00 or $1.50, we estimate the cost of each serving to be around $0.20 including the egg, oil and frosting.

Gift Ideas

A Cup-o-Cake makes a great gift for any occasion.

  • Present it to a friend or co-worker on his/her birthday.
  • If giving a mug as a gift, you could prepare a Cup-o-Cake in the new mug as part of the gift.
  • Add candles for a birthday.
  • For coffee lovers, make a coffee flavored cake.
  • Wrap the Cup-o-Cake in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.

Family Member’s Birthday

On your child or spouse’s birthday, prepare a Tup-0-Cake with his/her lunch. Put pretty frosting on it, or write Happy Birthday in frosting or candy letters, include a candle or put a bow on the Tupperware.

Be creative and have fun.

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3 thoughts on “Cup-o-Cakes & Tup-o-Cakes: Easy, Frugal Portable Desserts”

  1. LOVE this idea! I have made them from scratch, but have wanted to try with cake mix. I love the tupperware idea too. I will definitely be using this tip and blogging about it.


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