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3-2-1 Microwave Cake in a Mug!

Ready for a quick snack that will blow your mind? I want to share with you one of my favorite quick and easy snacks–the 3-2-1 Cake in a Mug! This cake is not only yummy and quick to make, but it is only 150 calories per mug! (give or take 10 or 20 calories–look on your cake box for specifics.) I have seen cake in a mug recipes many times, but they always either turned out somewhat rubbery or required a lot of ingredients, like eggs and oil. This one is a lot simpler, one that truly can be made up easily in advance and used on the spur of the moment. Three tablespoons of cake mix, two tablespoons of water, and one minute in the microwave. That’s it! Who doesn’t love a quick shot of warm, gooey cake?



I originally stumbled upon the recipe and instructions over on The Hidden Pantry, who did a great job of explaining how it works. The recipe is so easy that LittleMissSunshine can do this all on her own–and it cooks up in only one minute!

3-2-1 Cake

  • 1 Angel Food cake mix
  • 1 cake mix, any flavor (I used Red Velvet)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. In a large bowl or gallon ziploc bag, mix together both dry cake mixes. Mix until fully combined.
  2. Spoon three tablespoons of the cake mix into a clean mug.
  3. Add two tablespoons of water, and stir into the mix. Make sure to get the mix in the bottom edges of the mug.
  4. Microwave on high for one minute. Done!

Turns out, it really is as easy and yummy as they say. It comes out a bit spongy, like an angel food cake does, but it tastes really good. Based on the information on the cake mix box, I estimate it to be about 150 calories per mug. It is warm and slightly sweet–a good sweet tooth fix mid-afternoon. You can add a small dollop of whipped cream or fruit to the top, but it really doesn’t need it. I’ve seen others use devils food cake mix and add chocolate chips to theirs as well. There are so many options for you to try–any cake mix should work, as long as you use an angel food cake mix as the base. Store the dry mix in an airtight container. I used a ziploc bag, but any airtight container would work.

I really had expected this to be not-quite-right…for something to not work the way that it should. But not only did it work, it was simple and so delicious! Even better, since it is only 150 calories, I can enjoy a little cake once in a while without all the guilt. One of the things I’ve loved most was that I don’t have to go through the long task of making a full cake. I don’t have the temptation of a full cake either. I make up the mix, and for a couple of months we each scoop out just what we need for a simple snack that gives us all the satisfaction of the real deal. Simple cake and no guilt–that’s a winner in my book!
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  1. we were thinking spice cake with rum instead of water…or chocolate with Bailey’s instead of water…gonna try those…seems the possibilites are endless…of course, adding alcohol instead of water changes the macros on the cake, but still not outrageous!!!

  2. Debora Latham says:

    Do you know if this will work with brownie mix???

    • I have never tried it, so I don’t really know. Sorry!

      • yes it works with brownie mix you can make your own mix for one serving in a mug. Coffee is optional Microwave Coffee Mug Brownies
        1/4 cup flour
        1/4 cup sugar
        2 tablespoons cocoa
        1/2 tablespoon instant coffee (optional)
        A pinch of salt
        A pinch of cinnamon
        1/4 cup water
        2 tablespoons melted butter
        1 or 2 drops vanilla extract

        Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, and instant coffee to a microwave-save ceramic mug. Use a fork to mix together and break apart any clumps.
        Add butter, water, and vanilla to the mug, and stir until the mixture is smoothe.
        Microwave on high about a 1 minute 40 seconds or until the brownie is cooked all the way through. Each microwave is different, so experiment.
        Let cool for a minute, then either eat straight or add ice cream or whipped cream on top.
        Recipe adapted from Food.com

  3. does anyone know if this mix works for making pancakes? Well I will let you know, Im gonna go make them and find out!