Duncan Hines 3 2 1 Microwave Cake and Food Network's Basic Mug Cake recipes are both quick and easy mug cake recipes well-rated by people who have tried them. Both recipes use basic ingredients and take less than 10 minutes to make.
To make Duncan Hines's 3 2 1 Microwave Cake, mix a box of Duncan Hines angel food cake mix and a box of classic cake mix in a gallon-sized resealable bag. Mix 3 tablespoons of the new cake mix with 2 tablespoons water in a large microwave-safe mug. Microwave for 1 minute, and let rest until mug cools enough to handle. Top with whipped cream, ice cream or fresh fruit. For variations, try red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, spice cake, strawberry or lemon cake mix as the classic cake mix.
For a recipe from scratch, Food Network suggests whisking 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Blend 1/2 cup flour, 1/8 teaspoon baking soda and a pinch of salt into the liquid mixture. Pour 1/3 cup batter into 4 mugs, lightly greased with butter. Microwave mugs one at a time until the cake puffs for about 2 minutes. Let each mug cool slightly until cool enough to handle.