Birthday Cake Boxes for People in Need
It’s super quick & easy to make a stack of Birthday Cake Boxes to donate to the food pantry/people in need. Here’s how I make them!
I have been making these Birthday Cake Boxes to take up to the food pantry for people in need for many years now – ever since my husband passed away at the age of 33. I started doing it in memory of him, as a way to celebrate his birthday every year. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated – and falling on hard financial times shouldn’t be a reason to not celebrate it. I hope that these birthday cake boxes help in some small way – maybe to parent(s) who don’t have money for buy their kid a birthday cake or even an adult who is worried about taking care of everyone else, that he/she can’t afford anything for themselves.
In the past couple of years, I’ve been doing this way more than just once a year. Each time that I see cake mixes and frosting on sale, I take a moment and stock up to make these birthday cake boxes.
They are very quick and easy to put together and I truly believe they make a world of difference to the recipient.
What do I need to make a birthday cake box?
Here’s what I put inside my birthday cake boxes.
- 9×13 disposable aluminum foil pan – I like to get the ones with the lids with it because I can package it all up neatly
- a box of cake mix, any flavor you like
- 1 can of sprite or other lemon lime soda (store brand will work) in case the recipient doesn’t have eggs or oil (more on this later)
- birthday candles
Of course, you can add more things if you like. I’ve added things like birthday tablecloths from the dollar store, streamers, birthday plates, etc.
Why do I add a can of lemon lime soda?
Did you know that you can make a delicious cake out of nothing but a box of cake mix and a can of lemon lime soda? Well, you do now!
Not everyone has eggs and/or oil on hand. Imagine how disappointed you’d be if you got a birthday cake box, but you didn’t have the other ingredients to make it? So, I add a can of sprite and a little note giving simple instructions on how to make a cake with just a can of lemon lime soda.
And if they do have eggs & oil, now they have a birthday beverage on top of it! 🙂
To assemble the Birthday Cake Boxes:
Just place all of the things you wish to include in your birthday cake box inside of the disposable 9×13 foil cake pan. If you have purchased one with a lid, attach the lid to the top. If you are using lemon lime soda in your birthday cake box, add a little note explaining that you can make a cake without eggs, oil, and water by simply combining the cake mix with the can of soda and baking according to the box directions.