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3 2 1 Microwave Mug Cake Mix Gift

by Stephanie

This easy 3 2 1 Mug Cake Mix is perfect to tuck into a care package or a teacher gift! It’s a jar of mix that makes a quick little cake in a mug.

Title image for Microwave Mug Cake Mix with a close up of the cake with whipped cream.

This is perfect to send to college dorm with the kids because it just needs water and a microwave!

What do you need to make this 3 2 1 Microwave Mug Cake Mix?

You need two cake mixes.

Two boxes of cake mix
  • Angel Food Cake mix
  • Any other cake mix!

I like to mix this with a fudge cake mix or a devil’s food cake mix myself.

How do you make this 3 2 1 Microwave Mug Cake?

I mix the two cake mixes together in a large bowl or a large ziplock bag.

The two cake mixes mixed together in a ziplock bag with two empty mason jars.

To make the cake, you need a mug that’s at least 10 to 12 oz or so because the cake puffs up while cooking.

Then, you’ll measure out 3 tablespoons of the mix and combine that with 2 tablespoons of water for 60 seconds in the microwave.

This is why it’s called 3 2 1 Mug Cake – because 3 tablespoons mix, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 minute in the microwave.

The mug cake on a plate.

Mug Cake Mason Jar Gifts

Once the two cake mixes are combined, fill up 3-4 pin-sized mason jars with mix.

You can also buy smaller plastic mason jars at the Dollar Tree that are about 8 oz and get more jars out of two mixes.

Print the stickers on sticker paper and cut the SVG file with your favorite machine – Cricut or Silhouette.

The sticker sheet with a finished mason jar of mug cake mix.

Place a sticker on the top of each lid with the easy instructions.

Close up image of a sticker on the lid of a mason jar.

Print the gift tags with cardstock.

Decorate each jar with ribbon and attach the gift tags.

Two jars of mug cake mix with stickers and holiday tags ready for gifting

Get the Files

Tips for making this low calorie Microwave Cake

  • Spray your mug with nonstick spray to prevent the cake from sticking to the mug.
  • Stir the water and cake mix together really well so that the mixture is smooth. The angel food cake mix will cause it to bubble which is fine.
  • Your cake may take more or less than 60 seconds depending on the wattage of your microwave. 1 minute is the perfect time in my 1500-watt microwave, but it might need extra time in a lower wattage microwave.
  • Eat this mug cake right from the mug or allow it to cool for a couple of minutes and then turn out onto a bowl or plate.
  • It doesn’t look like much, but it’s a delicious low calorie treat when you want something sweet!

Mug Cake Variations

This is the perfect recipe for changing up the cake flavors or adding additions to this recipe.

  • Use any flavor of cake mix you enjoy: chocolate, white, yellow, lemon, spice, funfetti, spice, carrot, strawberry, etc.
  • You can totally add 2 to 3 teaspoons of any of the following additions to the cake batter before cooking: chocolate chips, finely chopped dried fruit, finely chopped nuts, sprinkles, fresh berries.
  • Top with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Make a Lava Cake by placing a small piece of chocolate in the middle of the cake before microwaving.
  • Make a Caramel Apple Cake by adding a little bit of chopped dried apple to the cake before microwaving and then after it’s baked top with a drizzle of caramel or dulce de leche sauce.
  • Make a Cherry Orange Nut Cake into yellow or white 3-2-1 cake mix by stirring in chopped nuts, dried cherries, and orange zest before microwaving.
  • Top your favorite cake with fresh fruit and whipped cream for a tasty shortcake.
  • Drizzle finished cake with chocolate syrup, hot fudge, dulce de leche, or caramel sauce.
  • Add a dollop of your favorite Pillsbury frosting in the premade pastry bags.
  • Spread with layer of your favorite canned icing, cookie butter, or Nutella.

More Mug Dessert Recipes

3 2 1 Microwave Mug Cake Mix Gift
Yield: 3-4 jars of mix

3 2 1 Microwave Mug Cake Mix Gift

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 3 minutes


Cake Mix

  • 1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1 box of any other cake mix

Mug Cake

  • 2 tablespoons cake mix
  • 1 tablespoon water


Cake Mix Instructions

Combine 1 box of Angel Food Cake Mix with 1 box of any other flavor cake mix.

Mix thoroughly.

Transfer into pint-sized mason jars.

Mug Cake

Combine 2 tablespoons of cake mix and 1 tablespoon of water and mix thoroughly.

Heat for 50-60 seconds in the microwave.

Top with your favorite topping - whipped cream, frosting, Nutella, etc.

Enjoy immediately!

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