Lemon Cake Mix for Cakes in a Mug

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Today is the last recipe from my “in a mug” week.  Many of you have learned by now that when I do these themed weeks, I always save the best recipe for last.  I have enjoyed this cake at least 6 times.  This recipe for lemon cake mix for mug cakes is so easy.

The mix is made from 2 ingredients – a lemon cake mix and an angel food cake mix.  Then all you need to do to make the cake is add some water to the mix.  This also makes the cake a little healthier than regular cake that also needs oil and eggs.

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Now, I did make this a lemon version by using a lemon cake mix, but the possibilities are endless. You can use any flavor of cake mix you want in place of the lemon – white, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, etc.  This mix also makes a cake that is more cake like thanks to the angel food cake mix.  You do need to be careful again with over cooking, it will end up chewy if you do.

I served mine up with a little whipped cream and fresh raspberries and loved that combination.  However, it isn’t necessary but I do highly recommend it.  Just keep this mix in an air tight container and you can have a little cake any time you have a craving.

This would also make a cute gift, especially for birthdays.  Just give them a mug filled with the mix and the instructions on how to make a cake!  You could even make a simple powdered sugar glaze to put on top if you want.

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Lemon Cake Mix for Cakes in a Mug

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  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 box lemon cake mix


  • In a large bowl, combine the 2 cake mixes. Whisk until the two mixes are well blended together. Store mix in an airtight container.


To make the cake: Add 2 Tbsp of water to the bottom of a mug. Then add 3 Tbsp of the cake mix. Mix together with a knife. Place mug in the microwave and cook for 45 sec to 1 min. Eat the cake hot from the microwave or allow to cool and serve with fresh raspberries and sweetened whipped cream (that is the way I like it).
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Recipe adapted from The Hidden Pantry.

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  1. I added one tablespoon plain Greek yogurt to the two tablespoons of water for extra tangyness, and microwaved it for 20 additional seconds – 80 seconds total. After it cooled a few minutes, I topped it with a teaspoonful of lemon kurd. (If only I had whipped cream to top it all off.) The cake turns out like SPONGE cake! Amazing texture! I would make this with any flavor of cake mix!

  2. Hello, My name is Angel and this recipe has been out for a while, we always called it 321 cake. You can use any cake mix you want but you always have to use a angel food cake plus the cake mix of your choice. We have always loved it. Ty for putting this on here. It is a fast and healthy little treat when ever you want in just a one minute. Thanks again. Angel

  3. This sounds so yummy!! Unfortunately, we don’t have either of those cake mixes here. I’ll just have to stick with my chocolate mug cake recipe. 🙂

  4. I made this tonight for my 6 year old and we loved it. She wanted frosting, so I ended up making a little lemon glaze to drizzle over the top. At first I was wondering what I would do with all the leftover cake mix, but now I’m excited at making more of these little beauties anytime I want a small, portion-controlled dessert. Thanks! And Happy ..Blogver
    sary. I check your blog every day and bought your cookbook after reading about you in the Deseret News.

    1. I got my 1st copy of this recipe from a news paper. It was a disaster. Directions very different from yours. I didn’t want to waste the mixes so I checked online and found this one. Perfect the first time. I used the 45 seconds time.