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3-2-1 Mug Cake Mix - What are your favorite flavors?

Discussion in 'The Homestead Kitchen - Recipes Etc' started by wyoDreamer, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Jul 20, 2019
    wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Almost Self-Reliant

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    This is a "recipe" that I use a lot. Since it is just my husband and me at home, I seldom make cake because we cannot eat an entire cake by ourselves. It dries out, the frosting gets gummy, we get tired of it, etc. I usually end up throwing it out to the birds or in the compost bin.

    3-2-1 Mug Cake Mix.
    It is a mix that is used to make individual sized cakes in a coffee mug. It is cooked in the microwave.

    Ingredients:
    1 box of store bought cake mix.
    1 box of Angel Food cake mix.

    Directions:
    Mix the 2 box mixes together - Store in an airtight container.

    TO Make a Mug Cake:
    Use a standard coffee mug - must be microwave safe. Mix right in the mug.
    3 tablespoons of mix
    2 tablespoons of water
    Stir together for 1 minute - make sure there are no lumps.
    Microwave on high for 1 minute.
    (Since microwaves all seem to cook differently, you may need to adjust the time up or down 15 seconds).

    Enjoy your cake!
     
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    wyoDreamer

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    My typical mix is 1 devils food cake and 1 white angel food cake.

    Sometimes I add a teaspoon of chocolate chips 1/2 way through baking.
    The result of a rich chocolate cake. Yummy
     
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    wyoDreamer

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    Just the other day, I tried a Yellow cake mix and plain angel food cake mix.

    I added fresh, sweet cherries that I pitted and diced. About 2 tablespoons of cherries sprinkled on top before baking. I ended up with a really moist cake with warm cherries throughout.

    If you have the cake decorating candies, you can also stir them into the cake for confetti cakes.
     
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    baymule

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    That sounds good. Not only do you not have a big cake that is getting dried out, you wind up eating a LOT less cake/calories!
     
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    This would be awesome for my coworker, I'm going to get the 2 ingredients together in a mason jar with instructions for her! So she can keep it at work for her snack attacks... Thank you!
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    Why have I never heard of this????? Got to try. Showed it to hubby, along with all of the variations. And he said, "Why take something that's only 3 ingredients, and mess it up by adding extra stuff?"

    Well... I'm glad that it can be made in individual servings. He'll get the 3 ingredients. Mean while, I will add extra stuff to my little heart's content!!! Shopping for cake mixes tomorrow after church!!!

    Can you make 2 mugs-o-cake at the same time? Our microwave is only 700W.
     
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    wyoDreamer

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    You can probably make 2 or more, just make sure they are evenly distributed in the microwave. I only ever needed one cake, lol.
    I used to do these at work all the time - that is why I did chocolate mixes. Chocolate smells so dang good! Chocolate is my weakness.

    Also, as long as you keep the right proportions (3 parts mix to 2 parts water) you can make larger sized cakes. I have a small glass loafpan that I made it in once: 9 tablespoons of mix, 3 tablespoons of water - mix for 1.5 to 2 minutes.

    The most important thing is to mix it long enough. Since it cooks so fast, if you don't stir enough, the mix can stay dry and not re-hydrate enough. Also, mixing will knock down some of the rise from the angel food cake and keep it from overflowing the mug and making a mess. My mixes seem to foam up a little bit when I start mixing, so I mix until it looks like cake mix.
     
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    Lazy Gardener

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    Is the angel food mix necessary? That stuff is expensive!!!
     
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    milkmansdaughter

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    @wyoDreamer I use that same recipe. I've used it for years working with seniors. A whole cake is too big for one person, and this works GREAT! I keep it in their house, and whenever I go over, I can make them a quick dessert without it being too much. Sometimes I top it with peanut butter, fruit, or cool whip. Some of them like it as is.

    This is also a very fun project with kids. They "cook" but it's so fast that they don't get bored before the cake comes out. Immediate gratification in very small doses. :)

    @Lazy Gardener, the angel food is necessary because that's what causes it to rise. You're not adding eggs or baking powder.
     
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    HomesteaderWife

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    @wyoDreamer - I'm glad someone shared this! We've used this recipe before and made "lava" mug cakes by placing a few hershey's pieces in there before microwaving!
     
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