Make This Tie-Dye Cake in a Mug for Mother’s Day
Your mom deserves something more than a card on Mother’s Day, so surprise her with a cake in a mug and top it off with flowers to look like an arrangement. These cakes only take a minute and a half to bake, and there isn’t any messy cleanup because you can mix the ingredients right in the cup. After perusing the interwebs and seeing hundreds of cakes, we decided to bring ours to life through color. Rather than making individual layers (like these layer cakes), we layered the batter in three different colors, allowing them to slightly mix for a swirly, tie-dyed look. And you guys — it looks SO GOOD! To top our cake, we added springtime blooms that mom will love. Read on for the deets.
(makes two mug cakes)
— 16 Tablespoons boxed vanilla cake mix
— 2 egg
— 2 Tablespoons canola oil
— 6 Tablespoons water
— cooking spray (canola or vegetable)
— food coloring (three colors)
— vanilla frosting
1. Coat the inside of your mug with cooking spray. Add cake mix, egg, oil and water to the mug. Be sure that it’s large enough that the batter only fills it halfway.
2. Stir until the batter is smooth (no clumps!)
3. Split the batter evenly into three small bowls or cups. Add food coloring and mix to combine.
4. Pour your darkest color in the bottom of the mug. Drizzle the second color on top, covering the first color as much as possible. Add the last color, then place the mug in the microwave for one and a half minutes. It will puff up then sink down.
5. Once the cake has cooled, frost the top. Then add a few stems or cover the entire cake with blooms to create a gorgeous arrangement.
Cooking spray is helpful but not totally necessary. For those of you who like to scrape the edges of the pan, ditch the spray. Add your ingredients, then get an arm workout mixing the batter. It takes a bit to get the clumps out — we recommend using a fork or a mini whisk.
Split your batter into three equal parts and add food coloring. We went with some vibrant (nearly florescent) shades of pink, purple and orange. Mom likes tie-dye, right? Well, this is a great way for her to rock it without putting on her old Phish tee.
Add the batter in layers. If you swirl it around as you pour rather than pouring it in a straight stream, the batter won’t mix as much and turn into a not-so-lovely shade of brown. Make sure your batter only fills the mug halfway or it will overflow.
Okay, time to bake. And by bake we mean microwave. Put your mug in the microwave and zap it for a minute and a half. It will cook and start to pop out of the mug like a cake slug, and then it will shrink back down until it settles into the mug. Fun and weird, we know. Let it cool for a bit before you decorate.
Coat the top with some frosting. We put a heaping spoonful on our cake to make sure even the bites at the bottom of the mug wouldn’t go without.
Now add flowers. If you need some flower arranging tips, check out our online flower arranging class. Cut the stems of your blooms so that you have about two inches to poke into the cake. If you’ve ever worked with floral foam, the cake is spongey and acts similarly, allowing you to secure the flowers where you want them. Cover part or all of the cake with blooms. Mom won’t even know there’s a cake inside! It’ll be a great surprise.
Remove the flowers when you’re ready to dig in.
I mean, those colors!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)