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Posted by Mama Max - - 3 comments

I love cake. And I love pinterest.com too as I've blogged about before! So when the latter helped me find a novel, super-quick and low-calorie version of the former, I was in heaven! The pin in question linked to a great blog called The Hidden Pantry written by Diane Cosby. Her recipe for 1-2-3 Cake sounded too good to be true so I thought I'd try it and share the results with you guys!

1-2-3 Mug Cake

You will need...

  • A box of Angel Food Cake mix ... it must be Angel food cake!
  • Any other box of your favourite cake mix ... I chose a Devil's Food chocolate cake mix
  • A large (gallon size) ziploc freezer bag & marker (or airtight container)
  • A tablespoon
  • A microwave safe mug
  • Water
  • Microwave
Simply empty the dry cake mixes into one freezer bag or container and shake to mix.  This can then be stored as is, until you fancy a sweet treat.

To make the cake, grab a mug and tablespoon.  This is where the 1-2-3 bit comes in:

- Add 3 tablespoons of your premixed cake mix powder

- Add 2 tablespoons of water and stir gently until just mixed

- Microwave on high for 1 minute!

Hey presto, a cake!  I served mine with fat free greek yoghurt to be really healthy, but you could add a dollop of vanilla icecream or whatever takes your fancy!

Recipe review
I loved the simplicity and ease of this recipe.  A sweet treat without having to bake a whole cake (and then running the risk of eating the whole thing in one go!).  It was tasty and sweet, but not particularly rich and moist... I guess the absence of eggs and fat would do that!  The texture was very light and I actually had a few large air pockets in mine ... I would guess this came from over-mixing the water and cake mix, so that's worth bearing in mind.  While not my favourite cake ... far too few calories ;-) ... it really did hit the spot in providing a sweet dessert without loading up on the calories and saturated fat and it was literally as easy as pie (well, cake!).  I am delighted with this recipe and look forward to trying a few other mixes in the future!

On a final note, I worked out the nutrition information for those interested, although it's worth bearing in mind that this will vary depending on the cake mixes you use.    

  1. Firstly, you need to work out the total calories for the entire box. If you look at the nutrition label you will see the calories listed for the recommended portion size, but it also tells you how many portions in the entire box.  You simply need to multiply these two numbers together.  
  2. Do this for both boxes and then add together.  That is how many calories in the entire ziploc bag of cake mixes.  
  3. To find out how many calories there are in each mug cake, you need to divide the total by the number of mugs you can make.  I worked out that each cake mix was approximately 3 cups (6 cups in total) and there are 96 tablespoons in 6 cups.  Divide the total number of calories by 96 and then multiply by 3 (or just divide by 32) for the 3 tablespoons you put in each mug! 
Sounds complicated, but it really isn't!  The bottom line is that this mug cake contains approximately 100 calories and only 0.5 grams of total fat ... not too bad in my book!

Oh, and if you are following Weight Watchers, this equates to 2 points (old system) or 3 points (on the Points Plus system!). 

Amount of:
Betty Crocker Super Moist Devil’s Food Cake Mix portion (total = x10)
Betty Crocker Angel Food Cake Mix portion (total = x12)
Totals of mixes combined
1-2-3 Mug cake (per portion)
Weight (dry)
43g (430g)
38g (456g)
160 (1,600)
140 (1,680)
3,280 calories
103 calories
Total Fat
1.5g (15g)
            -  Saturated Fat
1g (10g)
360mg (3,600mg)
310mg (3,720mg)
Total Carbohydrates
35g (350g)
32g (384g)
            - Dietary fiber
1g (10g)
            -  Sugars
18g (180g)
23g (276g)
2g (20g)
2g (24g)

3 Responses so far.

  1. You are so awesome to include the nutritional breakdown of this! I was looking all over and yours was the most accurate and helpful. Thanks a ton!

  2. Mama Max says:

    No worries ... glad you found it helpful!

  3. Gini says:

    I have looked all over the internet to find the calorie count for this cake and OMG, the difference I found. One was 42 another was 170. I did my own calculating and came to within a few calories of what you have. So, I figured you probably know more about this than I, so I am extremely glad that I found your post.

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