How to Make a Mug Cake with Cake Mix

chocolate mug cake made with cake mix

Mug cakes are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without making an entire cake. They are simple to make, require minimal ingredients, and can be made in minutes. With the help of cake mix, mug cakes have become an even easier and faster option for those looking for a quick dessert. If you are wondering how to make a mug cake with cake mix…read ahead and find out!


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What is a mug cake?

Mug cakes are small, single-serving cakes cooked in a mug or cup. Unlike traditional cakes, which require baking equipment and an oven, mug cakes can be cooked in the microwave in just a few minutes.

The concept of mug cake has been around for some time, but it has recently gained traction due to its convenience and ease of use. The most common mug cake is made with a mix of dry ingredients such as flour, sugar, baking powder, and cocoa powder. These ingredients are mixed with wet ingredients such as milk, oil, or butter before being microwaved for two to three minutes. Because they are cooked in the microwave rather than in an oven, mug cakes are much faster to make than traditional cakes.


Can you make a mug cake with cake mix?

Betty Crocker party rainbow chip cake mix

The answer is yes! Using cake mix is an easy and convenient way to make mug cakes quickly and with minimal effort. To make a mug cake with cake mix, combine the dry ingredients from your favorite boxed mix with wet ingredients like milk or water. Then microwave for one minute or until cooked through.

It’s much faster since you don’t need to measure all the individual ingredients like flour, sugar, etc., which can be time-consuming. It’s also easier since all you have to do is combine the wet and dry ingredients instead of measuring each ingredient individually, as in traditional recipes.


Variation ideas

You can turn your basic mug cake into something special with just a few simple variations. Here are some ideas for making a variation of your mug cake using cake mix:

  • Different Cake Mixes: Try combining different types of cake mixes for an interesting flavor combination. For example, combine a yellow and chocolate mix for a marbled effect or red velvet and white for a pink-hued treat!
  • Extracts: Add almond, coconut, or even peppermint extract to give your mug cakes an extra flavor boost. Just be sure to add only a little extract, as it can overpower the cake taste itself.
  • Chips: Add either chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or peanut butter chips to give your mug cakes that extra bit of sweetness and crunchiness.
  • Mini Marshmallows: For those who love marshmallows in their desserts, adding them on top before baking will give your mug cakes that extra ooey gooey goodness!
  • Dried Fruit: If you’re looking for something healthier than chips and marshmallows, try adding dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries to add sweetness to your mug cakes.
  • Nuts: Nuts such as walnuts or pecans are another great way to add texture and flavor to your mug cakes.
  • Sprinkles: Sprinkles are always fun and make any dessert look more festive – perfect for parties or special occasions! Sprinkle them on top before baking for that extra color.


Tips to Remember

Following these tips, you can make a delicious mug cake with a cake mix in no time!

  • Measure out the ingredients accurately so your mug cake will turn out perfectly every time. Similarly, add the correct amount of liquid, such as milk or water, as stated on the packaging instructions; too little and your mug cake will be dry; too much, and it will be soggy!
  • Using room-temperature ingredients will help ensure that your mug cakes come out perfectly cooked and moist every time.
  • Use the right type of mug, preferably ceramic or glass, rather than plastic or metal mugs which may not heat evenly in the microwave and could cause burning or sticking issues during baking.
  • Ensure that the size of your mug is appropriate for the mixture being used; otherwise, it may overflow during baking and create quite a mess!
  • Don’t overcook them, as this will result in rubbery textures; instead, check them periodically by inserting a toothpick into the center – if it comes out clean, they are ready!
  • You can add a tablespoon of cocoa or a tablespoon of chocolate syrup with an extra teaspoon of water to make the cake more chocolatey.


How to store mug cake with cake mix

Store mug cakes in a cool place, such as in the refrigerator or freezer. This will help keep them fresh for longer periods. If you want to prolong the shelf life of your mug cakes even further, Freeze each portion separately in a sealed plastic bag before transferring them back into their original containers when needed!


How to Make a Mug Cake with Cake Mix 

mug cake made from cake mix

  • Preparation time: 5 minute
  • Cooking time: 2 minutes
  • Total time: 7 minutes
  • Servings: 1


  • 1/3 cup cake mix
  • 1 tsp. applesauce
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. Semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Add water, applesauce, and cake mix in a microwave-safe mug, and mix using a mini whisk until a consistent and smooth batter.
  2. Add half the chocolate chips to the batter and fold gently to distribute evenly. Spread the remaining half on top of the batter.
  3. Place the mug in the microwave and bake for 1 minute at full power.
  4. When ready, remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, then remove from the mug and serve immediately.


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Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.