I used to make full size desserts for Christmas day, but a few years ago I started doing smaller portions instead. That way people could mix and match and not feel guilty and when it was time to go, I could easily pack up a variety in those lidded disposable 13x9 pans. This year I went with a trio of cupcakes.
Tim loves tiramisu, so I knew these were going to be right up his alley, from the YourCupofCake blog. It starts with a cake mix, and I only had the new downsized ones. I had no problems with the texture, they rose nicely and I got 12 cupcakes with a little bit leftover to bake in a mini pan for taste testing. I did not use mascarpone in the filling, I used cream cheese. I added some kahlua with the strong coffee, poked holes in the cake with a skewer and drizzled it over so it sunk in. I used a pastry bag with a round holed tip for easy filling. I also covered the top with grated dark chocolate, Tim likes that better than the cocoa powder. These were the most requested for the 'to go' boxes yesterday. I hid one away for myself to try today :)
For my FIL, who likes chocolate cake and that's about it, I made the Cake Mix Doctor's Perfect Chocolate Cake in cupcake form. All her recipes start with a boxed cake mix, I went chocolate fudge this time. Filling was piped in with a pastry bag, and I did not make the from scratch frosting this time, just piped Betty Crocker through a tip and then topped with grated white/chocolate chips over the top.