Learn how to make an easy mug cake in less than two minutes. Even better, this easy cake in a mug recipe only contains three ingredients! Would you believe you can make mug cake with cake mix and water? It’s perfect for when you need just a little sweet treat and don’t have much time. This warm, delicious microwave mug cake recipe will satisfy your dessert cravings and can be made in a variety of flavors. Can you believe it? How do you bake a cake in a mug? Learn how to make easy mug cakes by following this simple cake in a mug recipe!
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The 3 Ingredient Easy Mug Cake Recipe Backstory
This easy cake in a mug recipe was shared with me this past summer by one of my aunts, who had learned it from another one of my aunts. I love my family! They always give me terrific ideas. I’ve written this before: One of the best places to obtain excellent recipes is at family gatherings. If you are looking for a quick, warm treat, you are in the right place. This easy microwave cake in a mug recipe is for you!
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In Praise of Cake Mixes for Easy Cake Recipes
Before proceeding to the recipe, I would like to put in a good word for cake mixes. They are versatile, inexpensive, and many amazing things may be made from them. They are not just for making cake. One of my favorite recipe books gives some incredible ideas about baking with cake mixes. If you feel like trying some delicious cake mix experiments, this book is for you!
This Easy Cake in a Mug Recipe is Short and Simple
Ready for one of the shortest recipes ever? This easy mug cake recipe is truly simple. The recipe requires few ingredients, and the directions are as easy as 1-2-3. You just have to count backward, 3-2-1, to remember the ingredients and directions. Here are both, courtesy of two of my dear aunts.
3-2-1 Easy Cake In a Mug Recipe Ingredients
Since the ingredients in this quick and easy cake in a mug recipe are so simple, certain problem ingredients are left out. Some people search for a mug cake recipe with no egg. Since you don’t need to add any eggs to this mug cake recipe, this technically qualifies. Depending on what you are looking for, this mug cake recipe technically contains no milk either. Some people prefer to avoid cocoa powder, and this recipe does not call for that either. Read on for the basic, fabulously short list of ingredients!
1 box angel food cake mix
1 box any other flavor cake mix
2 tablespoons water
Whipped cream, ice cream or berries for topping (optional)
Isn’t that a super short list? This will be a very quick read!
3-2-1 Easy Cake In a Mug Recipe Directions
Mix the two boxes of cake mix together. I felt like chocolate, so I used a Devil’s Food cake mix. (Kind of ironic: Angel Food and Devil’s Food together. Silly, I know!) You may combine the mixes in a large bowl or a large zippered storage bag. If you combine the cake mixes in a bowl, store the combination in a sealed container.
This is where the 3-2-1 comes from. In a mug or small, round dessert dish, mix 3 tablespoons of cake mix with 2 tablespoons of water.
Bake in the microwave for 1 minute.
Easy Cake in a Mug Recipe
- 1 box angel food cake mix
- 1 box devil's food cake mix or any other flavor
- whipped cream, berries or other toppings optional
- Mix the two boxes of cake mix together.
- In a mug or small, round dessert dish, mix 3 tablespoons of cake mix with 2 tablespoons of water.
- Bake in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Top your delicious cake in a mug with whipped cream, ice cream, or berries. (optional)
Easy Cake in a Mug Toppings
Now that you know how to make easy cake in a mug, how do you make a mug cake better? Top your delicious cake in a mug with whipped cream, ice cream, or berries. You may top your easy cake in a mug with whipped cream and berries, or ice cream and berries. Other creative toppings for this easy cake in a mug recipe (hot fudge might be nice) may be added as well. The choice is yours! I topped mine with raspberries from the freezer and hot fudge. If you have some homemade raspberry syrup on hand, that might be even better. Delicious!
How to Store the Easy Mug Cake Mix
I like to store my mug cake mix in Mason jars in a cupboard. This 3 ingredient cake in a mug recipe makes over 1 quart of the mix, so I usually use 2 quart-sized jars. When I need to make a mug cake, I just get out my tablespoon, my mug, and mix the simple ingredients together. I love that I don’t need to dirty a lot of dishes for this easy mug cake recipe.
Easy Mug Cake Recipe Variations
I really appreciate the versatility of this recipe. The recipe variations for this easy cake in a mug recipe are many and delicious. Simply switch out the flavor of the cake mix you add to the angel food cake mix and you have a different creation. Here are some of the most delicious ideas.
Chocolate Cake in a Mug:
Just use Devil’s Food or any other chocolate cake mix. You can mix in some chocolate chips or sprinkle chocolate chips on top after baking. You can also add some chocolate syrup for an even more decadent treat.
Vanilla Cake in a Mug:
Just use a vanilla cake mix with the angel food cake mix. If you are a fan of white chocolate, you could also sprinkle the top of the vanilla cake in a mug with white chocolate chips.
Strawberry Cake in a Mug:
You could use strawberry cake mix for strawberry cake in a mug. If you have any strawberry jam on hand, you could top the finished cake with a bit of strawberry jam. I often have dried strawberries in my freezer, and there is sometimes a fine “strawberry powder” in the freezer bag as well. Adding dried strawberries or strawberry powder to the cooked strawberry mug cake would be delicious!
Lemon Cake in a Mug:
Oh, lemon cake in a mug would be a wonderful treat. Just add a lemon cake mix to the angel food cake mix and cook as directed. If you happen to have some lemon zest on hand (I often have some in my freezer), you could sprinkle some on top after baking. A few fresh raspberries or blueberries would also go well with this variation.
Pumpkin Cake in a Mug:
Yes, you guessed it! For a pumpkin variation, just add a pumpkin-flavored cake mix to the ingredients and you are all set for a sweet fall treat. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for an amazing taste experience.
Carrot Cake in a Mug:
If you are a carrot cake fan, just take a box of carrot cake mix and mix it with the angel food cake mix. Sprinkle some raisins on top of the mug cake after cooking, if you like. A touch of cream cheese frosting would not be amiss!
Caramel Cake in a Mug:
Did you know you can buy caramel cake mix? Yes, and it would be delicious in this recipe. After cooking, you could add some caramel syrup or some caramel-flavored candy corn.
Coffee Cake in a Mug:
For an easy coffee cake in a mug, add a coffee cake mix to the recipe. After baking in the microwave, top the coffee cake with butter and cinnamon, if you like. Mmmmm…amazing!
How Can I Make My Cake in a Mug More Gooey?
After baking your easy cake in a mug, you might find that you want to add something to make it a gooey treat. Topping with syrup of any kind will increase the gooey-factor, and you can also add a bit of flavored creamer to the mug cake. I added caramel flavor to my chocolate mug cake the other night and it was the perfect way to increase the rich goodness. If you add chocolate chips to the mug cake when it is hot, the chocolate chips will melt into an oozy, gooey sauce.
Can You Double This Easy Mug Cake Recipe?
Yes, this recipe may be doubled. In that case, it would be a 6-4-1 recipe, with 6 tablespoons of mug cake mix, 4 tablespoons of water, and still only 1 minute in the microwave. If the basic recipe for this mug cake isn’t quite enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, then this option is for you!
Can You Eat Mug Cakes Cold?
You can eat mug cakes cold if you wish. That might be a refreshing treat on a hot day. Topped with fresh berries and whipped cream, it could be a warm-weather delight.
What Are Your Favorite Easy Cake in a Mug Variations?
Have you experimented with making mug cakes? Have you created some delicious masterpieces? If you have concocted some fabulous creations, it would be fun to know what has turned out to be amazing. If you share a photo, I’d be happy to share it in my Instagram story.
Looking for Other Easy Treat Ideas?
If you are searching for easy recipes for kids, simple treat recipes are a great place to start. This easy cake in a mug recipe would make any beginning baker feel successful. You might also like to try making chocolate scotcheroos, which are great for camping or for parties. Add some fun to movie night with cashew caramel corn. Bake up some easy cookies with a 3-ingredient, versatile recipe.
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