Try This Easy 3-2-1 Microwave Mug Cake for One Hack!

3-2-1 Microwave Mug Cake Recipe

yield: 1 SERVINGS

prep time: 2 MINUTES

cook time: 1 MINUTES

total time: 3 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of angel food cake mixed with traditional cake mix (1 1/2 tablespoons of each)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • top with sprinkles, frosting, whipped cream as desired etc.

Directions

1

Spray a mug or ramekin with non-stick cooking spray. Mix together 3 tablespoons of cake mix mixture* with 2 tablespoons of water and pour mixture in the mug/ramekin.

 

*If you're not making a big batch of the mix ahead of time, you can use 1 1/2 tablespoons of angel food cake mix and 1 1/2 tablespoons of traditional cake mix instead.

2

Microwave for 1 minute.

3

Top with fruit, whipped cream, sprinkles, or whatever topping you desire. Enjoy!

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Here’s how to turn cake mix from the pantry into a light and fluffy mug cake for one. This is an easy baking tip that works brilliantly!

easy mug cake in microwave

Need a quick no hassle dessert to try?!

Make a delicious sweet cake in the microwave in just one minute using only a couple of ingredients! If you’re craving a small and quick treat, you are gonna love this brilliant 3-2-1 method for making a yummy mug cake.

-1 cake mix with mug cake

This quick mug cake idea holds some nostalgia for me.

When my now older kids were little, I had fun making this with them. In fact, they actually taught this to me as one of their teachers kept the supplies in the classroom and used the mug cakes as classroom incentive treats.

It’s perfect if you don’t want to bake an entire cake, as it makes a cute small portion for dessert. You can top it with sprinkles or prepared frosting or whipped cream.

The result is a delicious individual mug cake with a light fluffy texture that’s easy and fast to make when a sweet tooth is calling. Feel free experiment with all the various boxed cake flavors- YUM!

two boxes of cake mix

Angel food cake mix is the secret to making this mug cake a “2-ingredient” recipe!

Simply start by combining a boxed angel food cake mix with any other flavor of boxed cake mix. Angel food cake has powdered eggs which will allow you to skip adding additional eggs and yield a very fluffy light texture cake.

This is actually a very popular Weight Watchers idea and I believe it’s 5 points and around 100 calories without frosting, according to readers in the comments.


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3-2-1 Microwave Mug Cake Recipe

yield: 1 SERVINGS

prep time: 2 MINUTES

cook time: 1 MINUTES

total time: 3 MINUTES

Make this easy microwave mug cake recipe within one minute!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of angel food cake mixed with traditional cake mix (1 1/2 tablespoons of each)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • top with sprinkles, frosting, whipped cream as desired etc.

Directions

1

Spray a mug or ramekin with non-stick cooking spray. Mix together 3 tablespoons of cake mix mixture* with 2 tablespoons of water and pour mixture in the mug/ramekin.

 

*If you're not making a big batch of the mix ahead of time, you can use 1 1/2 tablespoons of angel food cake mix and 1 1/2 tablespoons of traditional cake mix instead.

2

Microwave for 1 minute.

3

Top with fruit, whipped cream, sprinkles, or whatever topping you desire. Enjoy!

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combining angel food cake mix and chocolate cake mix

adding cake mix and water to a mug cake

mixing up 321 mug cake

microwaving a mug cake

cooked mug cake after microwave

adding sprinkles to a mug cake

mug cake in a ramekin

Tips for making the best individual mug cake for one:

  • Consider pouring both cake mixes in a gallon storage bag or storage container, mix thoroughly, and store to have on hand for future mug cakes.
  • The cake mixture should last up to 3 months stored in the pantry, or longer in the fridge, according to bakinghow.com.
  • Make sure to use a large enough microwave-safe mug or baking ramekin like mine so that your cake won’t bubble over in the microwave as it expands. The size I am using is 8 oz. and seems to be perfect.

taking a bite of a mug cake


Have you made this crazy cake recipe yet? It has no eggs or dairy!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 38

  1. Adrianne Blanas

    I LOVE being able to do this at work! Great treat to have and to share with your friends.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome! My 10 year old has a teacher that uses this in class as an inventive for good behavior/special occasion treat 🙂 it works lol

    • Tamara

      How many WW POINTS?

      • Debbie

        5

  2. Nikki

    Super easy! You can even add a sprinkle of protein powder and feed to your kids!

    • Heather C

      Great idea too!!

  3. Sara

    Omg just made this SO GOOD and easy!!

  4. Sarah

    Love these for a little treat and so do my girls! My 11 year old daughter calls them kaola babies….if a kaola and a cloud had a baby this is what you would end up with. 🙂

    • harlow

      Awe how cute koala babies😃 lol, thanks collin awesome idea😃

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ha that is so cute!

  5. Amber

    I am in love with this! So simple and now I can make individual cups for the family instead of us eating an entire pan of brownies….which we have done haha!

  6. Lisa

    Should u spray the mug with cooking spray or does it matter?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s a great idea!

  7. Kb

    We add marshmallow fluff on top 😍

  8. Luna

    Awesome will try out!! Thanks for sharing

  9. Jaci

    How would you do it for brownie mix?

    • Shazi

      I would like to know too

      • 😆

        Me too I also wonder if u have to have the Angel food cake and regular cake I just have the regular cake on hand and wanted to try it out…

        • Paula @ The Tween & Me

          We do it all the time with just regular cake mix and water. Same measurements. We mix in a teaspoon of frosting after it’s cooked. YUMMMMM!

          We’ve done it with lots of different cake mixes and loved all of them. Have fun!!

          • Sarah

            Ok thanks!!!

          • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

            Oh wow – thanks for sharing!

    • Stacey

      I have a few boxes of brownie mix that I got on sale and never finished using up because I’m rarely in the mood to make a whole pan of brownies. I thought I’d give this a whirl, but didn’t really expect much. 3T brownie mix, 2T water and 1 minute in the microwave later, it actually worked! I had a tasty little brownie treat! (Followed by another one after that! They’re good!). Thanks! Now I will actually use up my old brownie mixes and have a tasty little chocolate fix whenever I need!

  10. Anita Adkison

    What ounce/size ramekins work well for this recipe? I don’t want to have overflow issues. 😉

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I have 7ounce sized but you can use a small bowl or mug as well.

  11. Jennifer

    So good for when you want something sweet but don’t need to make something big. Thanks Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Agree! Thanks Jennifer 🙂

  12. jessica

    I saw this on a show a few weeks ago, I believe it was right this minute, they put some ice cream in a mug and added some flour, put in microwave and out came a chocolate cake lol

  13. Mia

    Love making this with carrot cake,so yummy

  14. Lyndie

    How long is the mix good for after opening?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      3 months in the pantry.

  15. Aysha

    Today my sweet little 17 month old asked me for cake…she’s got many allergies including egg and dairy so we stay away from cakes…she has never had cake or pancake or any of that sort of baked food unfortunately. Anyhow, today I found a recipe that calls for cake mix and a can of soda. We had Betty crocker cake mix which is dairy free, and combined with one can of Sierra mist. Cooked into cupcakes and baked for 15 minutes. She loved it ! Egg dairy nut corn etc free!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh I’ve heard of that! Very cool 🙂

    • Just Me

      You could make the “depression cake” also. It’s flour, cocoa ( they other than chocolate versions) , oil, water, little vinegar , vanilla extract and water. The batter is so good!
      Think it was posted here if not google it. There’s another name for it but I don’t remember. Crazy cake ?

    • Ashley

      Check the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix too! I was out of eggs once and had put in the oil and water already when I discovered I had no eggs. So I was like whatever, I’m just going to bake them anyway. And they were awesome!! With no eggs at all :). Not sure if it’s dairy free too. But worth a look!

  16. Kathy

    Saw this some time back. We made some with strawberry and would put fresh berries on it. Also lemon and even spice cake. We just used regular cake mix with the angle food , like the ones we all got in great deal at Target over the past few weeks.

    Can also use cake mix 1 tub cool whip and 1 egg. Mix together drop by spoonful on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees till light brown. Makes the best soft cookies.

  17. Elaine Brennan

    Chocolate cake with Nestles Quik added to mix. Excellent!!!

  18. Sharon Jordan

    I just tried the cake in the mug and I think it’s a brilliants!🥰

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s so awesome Sharon!

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