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… πŸ˜‰


Jelly Belly Candy Treats for Your Secret Pal Teacher Friend

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I recently bought my secret pal teacher friend Jelly Belly pencils–what a great idea for a teacher, right? When they’re done eating the jelly beans inside, they can use it for that kid who never comes to class with his/her pencil in hand!

For a more comic secret pal treat, try the Jelly Belly BeanBoozledΒ (don’t you just love that name?) nasty flavors of jelly beans. They come in:

  • Canned Dog Food
  • Skunk Spray
  • Rotten Egg
  • Centipede
  • Booger
  • Baby Wipes
  • Barf
  • Moldy Cheese
  • Pencil Shavings
  • Toothpaste

How nasty is that? If you secret pal is a Harry Potter fan, Jelly Belly also makes Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavored Beans from that famous children’s book series by J.K. Rawling. Β These jelly beans come in the following flavors:

  • Cherry
  • Cinnamon
  • Dirt
  • Earthworm
  • Earwax
  • Grass
  • Green Apple
  • Marshmallow
  • Rotten Egg
  • Sausage
  • Lemon
  • Soap
  • Tutti-Fruitti
  • Vomit
  • Watermelon

For coaches and athletes, Jelly Belly also has Extreme Sports jelly beans. (My link shows the price per case, but I’m sure if you surf around–or drive around town long enough–you could find the individual bags of Extreme Sports jelly beans.)

Jelly Belly also makes a jelly-bean tie for a male principal or a male teacher. But that might be a little expensive for a secret pal-type of gift ($20). Save that for your secret pal’s special day, I suggest, or for that final gift at the big reveal.

If I didn’t mention the Jelly Belly gift that suits your secret pal teacher friend, check out their website. They’re loaded with tons of great stuff!

Post Script:Β I couldn’t find a link to the jelly-bean-filled pencil that I mentioned at the start of today’s post, but I found the Jelly Belly pencils thatΒ Β IΒ bought at my local grocery store. So ask around town, and you might be able to locate them.

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Recipes with school spirit: a great Christmas gift for a coach or school sports fan!

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Whether your secret Santa teacher pal coaches or not, most people have school spirit. Want an easy-to-make gift that shows your school spirit? Create your own recipe cards with school themes.

What’s your school’s mascot? A pirate? A raider? A tiger?

Whatever letter of the alphabet your mascot begins with (i.e. pirate = P, raider = R, tiger = T), choose recipes that begin with that letter. How do you do this? Just look in the index of a Betty Crocker or other cookbook. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • P = paintbrush cookies, palace court salad, panΒ biscuits, etc..
  • R = radish canapes, raised doughnuts, raisin bread, etc…
  • T = taffy, tamales, tangerineΒ jelly, etc…

Now combine your school mascot with the name of the recipe to create an alliterative title for your recipe cards:

  • Pete the Pirate’s Paintbrush Cookies
  • Rough and Ready Raider Raisin Bread
  • Tasty Tiger Tamales

You can make a whole stack of recipe cards with alliterative titles like this. Print them in Microsoft Word with a picture of your school’s mascot in the corner (use “insert picture”). I recommend using card stock paper, whether you’re making your recipe cards on the computer or by hand. Regular computer paper is too flimsy.

You can wrap them in a festive ribbon or put them in the Christmas-card-box I gave instructions for two weeks ago. Here’s the link to that.

If your secret pal isn’t a coach or sports fan, you can do the same with the word Santa:

  • Santa’s Caesar Salad
  • Reindeer Rye Bread
  • North Pole Nut Bread
  • Snowman Stroganoff

In this case, of course, you’ll want to decorate your Christmas-themed recipe cards with holiday graphics instead of school mascot images. If you want to steal my pre-made holiday recipe cards, here areΒ two linksΒ to download those. You’ve got to print them–like I said–on card stock (heavy) paper on both sides. So print page one first, flip it over, then print page two. Or try this: print page one and two on regular paper, cut out the cards, and glue them front-to-back on a piece of card stock that you’ve cut out with zig-zag scissors. That looks nice too.