How to Make a Mug Cake or Bowl Cake - 3 Ingredients!




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In this instructable I will show you how to make a mug cake or bowl cake, using only 3 ingredients, and it only takes a couple of minutes! Have you ever had the craving for a cake but didn't want to eat a lot or didn't want half of a cake to go to waste because it got stale before you could eat it? Well the solution is to just use a portion of that cake mix and make a mug cake or bowl cake. It is really easy to do, if I can do you, then you can do it! And it is cooked in the microwave. Let's get baking, er um microwaving! :)

If you have any questions or comments, put them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Follow the easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial, or do both!

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Step 1: Ingredients


For a Mug size (Full sized Mug, otherwise it might overflow a bit)

  • 6 tbsp of cake mix (use whatever cake mix you like)
  • 4 tbsp of water
  • 2 tsp of canola or vegetable oil

For a small bowl

  • 3 tbsp of cake mix
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp of canola oil or vegetable oil

From Scratch Recipe

  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp milk
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil or canola oil

Step 2: Add Ingredients to Bowl

First let's start with our small bowl sized one. Add our cake mix, water, and oil to the bowl and mix it with a spoon or fork.

Step 3: Add Ingredients to the Mug

Now for our Full sized Mug one, we will add the cake mix, water, and oil, and again stir. Note on the ingredients step page, there is a "from scratch" recipe as well if you would like to use that instead of a cake mix.

Step 4: Microwave Them!

Now we microwave them one at a time. The small bowl will take about 1 minute on high. The mug one will take about 1 min 30 seconds to 1 min 45 seconds on high. Depending on your microwave, mine is a 1200 watt microwave. Push a toothpick in the center, and pull it out, if it is clean it is ready to go! Make sure to let the cakes cool for about 5 minutes. They will be hot.

Step 5: Add Your Toppings

Now add your favorite cake toppings. I used powdered sugar, vanilla frosting, and sprinkles.

Step 6: Video Tutorial

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    4 Discussions


    2 years ago

    For the scratch version, can you use coconut flour?

    1 reply

    I have never tried it, so give it a try and let us all know how it came out! :) Honestly I just don't have a ton of experience with flours other then cake flour and all-purpose flour. I did make gluten-free flaxseed muffins which are pretty good, but that is about it. haha


    3 years ago

    This is great! I've fooled around with various mug cakes that I've found on the Web before, but I really appreciate your giving info on using a pre made mix. The from scratch looks good too.

    1 reply

    Yeah I love how simple the premade mix way is. It may not taste quite as good as from scratch (what really ever does?) but it is simple and works great for a quick cake craving. haha