When I first started this blog, I did focus a lot on care packages. I was making and sharing with you some rice crispy treat recipes along with how to make your own chai and cappuccinos (you can find links to these posts on my recipe page). One recipe I was experimenting with was "cake in a mug". I was trying to figure out how to make a mix that I could send to my kids (in college) so that all they would have to do is add water and cook it in the microwave oven (they have on in their dorm rooms). I even went out and purchased some powdered egg whites. There were many experiments (ask my youngest), but nothing worked like I wanted it to.
Well, it's a few months later and who is my superhero? Pinterest! My daughter pinned Aunt Betty's 1-2-3 Cake from The Hidden Pantry. You know what, it really works! I'm putting together some care packages and I am going to include this. Here's what I did.
Cake in a Mug (3-2-1 Cake)
(I changed the name from 1-2-3 cake to reflect the order you add ingredients/do operations)
1 box cake mix (flavor of your choice)
1 box angel food cake mix
Yup, this is all you need! You MUST use one box of angel food cake mix. Why? If you've never made angel food cake, look what you'll find when you open the box.
Look, the envelope on the right is "egg white mixture".....the ingredient I was trying to work out this fall (with no luck).
Just pour the contents of these two envelopes (cake flour mixture, egg white mixture) along with the contents of your other cake mix box into a container with a tight fitting lid or a zip lock bag. (I chose the zip lock bag because I am making care packages for my kids and I figured it would be easier to pack if in a bag.)
You can't read it well but I wrote the instructions on the outside of the bag so my kids can reference them later.
To enjoy your cake in a mug here's what you do.
Place 3 Tbsp of cake mix in a mug
Add 2 Tbsp of water to your mug and stir
Microwave for 1 minute on high.
Here's my mix all ready to go into the microwave!
After just 1 minute in the microwave, it's done!
It's a great snack size...very similar in size to a cupcake.