Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

Need an idea for your secret pal's next gift? Here you go!

Basketball Cakes for the Basketball Coach Secret Pal

Recipe for Baseball-shaped cake balls

Image: Pinterest

Disclaimer: I’m not a chef. At all. Period.

So I sort of pieced this together from several sources:

  2. Pinterest images
  3. common sense

But I can’t guarantee that this will work. I’ve posted the pic that I found on Pinterest and sort of guessed about how to adapt the cake ball recipe to create these lovely basket-ball-shaped cakes. If your secret pal is a volleyball coach, soccer coach, or baseball coach, you’re on your own, Jack! So here’s the recipe I sort of pieced together:


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package cake mix
  • 1 sixteen-ounce container of Betty Crocker prepared cream cheese frosting
  • 1 three-ounce bar of orange confectioners’ coating
  • black icing (one of those tubes-o-frosting might work, if it’s fine-tipped)


  1. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using any of the recommended pan sizes. When cake is done, crumble while warm into a large bowl, and stir in the frosting until well blended.
  2. Melt orange coating in a glass bowl in the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  3. Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls of the cake mixture. Dip the balls in orange coating using a toothpick or fork to hold them. Place on waxed paper to set.
  4. Once they’re dry, decorate them with the black icing, to look like basketballs

Hopefully, if all goes as it should, these will turn out to be the perfect gift for your secret pal who coaches basketball! But remember my disclaimer… try one first to make sure it tastes okay before you pawn them off on your secret pal… 😉


A New Year’s Resolution for a Teacher

Freebies for Teachers

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My book is on the road to publication! YAY! And with this change, I need to downsize some areas of my life and refocus others. Sadly, this website, which averages about 1000 hits per day in December, is not my top site. So just like I did last year, I’m only going to post secret pal ideas and secret pal poems once a month from January through November of 2013. In December of 2013, I’ll go back to posting weekly Secret Santa ideas.

Meanwhile, if you’re a teacher, and you want free worksheets, games, activities, and Powerpoints, visit my more popular website, English Emporium, where I post a weekly freebee for teachers.  I’ll also post news of my book’s publication there, so you’ll be the first to know when it’s available.

If you need a brilliant idea for a secret pal, I’ve got lots of good stuff here. Click on any of my old posts for some fantastic poems, gift ideas, and patterns for gift boxes. You can also message me through this page.

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