Creative gift idea: mug cake in an individually designed photo mug.

Mug cake in an individually designed Christmas mug

Tips and delicious recipes to create the perfect Christmas present

It is often the small things in life that bring great joy. The same applies to small presents at Christmas. This gift is ideal for a Christmas party with friends or work colleagues or as a host gift for a family celebration at home. Add a little extra surprise to the personalised mug by filling it with something sweet.

A mug cake in a Christmas mug is a very individual and loving gift that also tastes great. In this article you will not only find creative ideas on how to make your own individual Christmas photo mug, but also delicious recipes for a mug cake.

Design your own individual photo mug

You can design the ifolor photo mug either for a left-hander or a right-hander. There are various layouts available that you can use for your own design. The ceramic mug is easy to clean, and it is also dishwasher safe.

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A magical Christmas gift

Add a magical touch to your Christmas present. This photo mug has a magical effect because when you pour a hot drink into the mug your photo will appear on it. Once the mug has cooled down your picture will disappear and the mug will go back to being black.

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Designing your own ifolor Christmas photo mug

On the ifolor website you will find the photo mug and the magic mug under the heading "Photo gifts". The black ceramic mug with a special magic effect will make your photo appear when a hot liquid such as tea or coffee is poured into it. You can design and order both mugs directly online via the website. Alternatively, you can also create the product very conveniently via the ifolor app on your smartphone or tablet. First you need to choose the layout for your photo mug. You can choose between a panorama, left, right layout.

The next step is choosing your design. You will find various templates and Christmas themed layouts. Some of the templates also have placeholders for photos and textboxes for a personal message. In just a few simple clicks you can create your own individual Christmas mug. For a simpler design, you can use the "Panorama" layout, which will put your chosen picture almost around the entire mug. It is recommended to use photos with a landscape and panorama layout. Christmas or winter motifs are great designs for your individually designed Christmas mug, but you can also use family photos or snapshots of you and your friends or partner for the design. Depending on the template, up to ten photos can be placed onto the mug, which allows you to get very creative.

Personalised photo mugs with a delicious mug cake for Christmas.

There are lots of fantastic design templates to match the festive season. You can choose templates which have a chic, subtle or colourful look. Depending on the template, you will have space for one or more pictures, and you can also insert a personal message or some Christmas wishes for the recipient. A short personal Christmas message, a verse from a Christmas poem or a Christmas song are also great ideas.


Use the textbox on your photo mug to write the recipe for a mug cake. Alternatively, you can write the recipe on a piece of paper and attach it to your gift.

Individually designed photo coasters

The square photo coasters go perfectly with the mug cake in a photo mug. They are available in sets of 4 and 8. They are made out of cork and have a glossy hardboard surface that makes your photos really stand out.

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Adding something sweet to your Christmas photo mug

Over the past couple of years mug cakes have become increasingly popular. You can whip up this mini mug cake in just a few minutes and create a real taste sensation. You can bring your mug cake in the mug to a party as a gift or serve it to your guests as an after dinner dessert. After spending a lovely evening with your family everyone can take their own individually designed mug home with them as a souvenir. A mug cake also makes a great Christmas present for friends or as a great present for a Secret Santa.

Ingredients for a mug cake in an individually designed photo mug with matching photo coasters.

If you are not giving your cake away immediately, you can layer all the dry ingredients of the cake recipe in a transparent bag and place it in the cup. You can put the bag into the mug before putting the ingredients into it. Once all the dry ingredients are in the bag, seal it well and decorate it with some ribbon. Then write down the recipe and add it to your gift. Now the recipient can quickly and easily bake their own mug cake in their own individually designed photo mug.

Three delicious Christmassy recipes for a mug cake

Chocolate mug cake

  • 32 g flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 50 ml milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of hazelnut and chocolate spread

First put the flour into the cup and then mix it with the baking powder, cocoa, sugar and salt. Next, stir the oil and milk into the mixture to make a dough.

Finally, put the hazelnut and chocolate spread in the centre of the pastry and now place the mug with the cake mixture into the microwave and leave to bake at 700 watts for 1 minute and 10 seconds. If the cake is still a little soft, bake it for another 15 seconds.

Delicious chocolate cupcake in an individually designed photo mug.

Speculoos mug cake

  • 5 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon speculoos spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 medium sized egg
  • for extra flavour some speculoos biscuits

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Now whisk the egg in a bowl and stir in all the other remaining ingredients. Then mix everything together until the mixture has a smooth texture.  

Pour the mixture into your ifolor photo mug and put it in the microwave on 900 watts and leave to bake for 2 minutes.

Apple cinnamon mug cake

  • 1/4 pieces of an apple
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 30g of butter
  • 1 medium sized egg
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoons of fine oat flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cream or milk

Wash and peel the apple and cut it into small cubes. Sprinkle the pieces of apple with the lemon juice. Melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds at 300 watts. Cover the container with the butter so that it does not splash.

Put the egg and the sugar into the cup. Beat the egg and sugar together vigorously for about one minute. Then add the flour, oat flakes, cinnamon, baking powder, cream and butter and stir into the mixture. Finally, add the apple cubes to the dough and bake in the microwave at 800 watts for about 1minute and 50 seconds.

Enjoy the mug cakes and bon appétit!

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