best cake in a cup recipe:)awesome results!

A reader emailed me and shared an even easier and way better cake in a cup recipe using a box cake and water.

I decided to try this new one and found the results were MUCH better according to Mr. BH. I’m not eating sugar right now so I can’t try any of these…..

For this new and improved Best cake in a cup recipe follow along as I proceed to tackle this easy microwave dessert that my reader Christy was so kind to share. She wrote me and said her family makes this quick and easy method often and they all  love it, especially the kids who have fun making it themselves! All you need to do is keep a box cake on hand and add water.. 

Here’s the lowdown: I just took 1/4 cup of cake mix and stirred half of 1/4 cup of water into the mix. I stirred until it was a cake batter consistency as Christy reccomended.( This can be stirred and cooked in the same coffee cup. ) If it seems to thick you might have to add a tad more water, but don’t make it soupy. Mine was more like a pudding consistency. My microwave isn’t as powerful, so I cooked mine for 2 minutes at 1/2 power cooking temp. Next I let it sit for about 2 minutes. Christy only needs to do hers for 1 minute at half power.

Christy added:  My kids love it. We just keep a box of cake mix on hand and use it as we go!
We have added ice cream toppings too: like butterscotch, fudge syrup, and choc. chips… add a dollop or scoop of ice cream, and you are in heaven. Cool thing is with this way of doing it, you are way less on the calories and it tastes the same!!!

The beauty of this little treat is it’s a one serving portion, so you don’t have a big tempting cake sitting around.

This would be great for anyone, especially kids, college students in a dorm, retirees and dieters. Ever since I told my mom about this recipe she has enjoyed making these little treats for herself. She said it’s just enough for a little satisfying snack.

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  1. says

    No, not another even easier recipe for cake in a cup :). Making cake even easier to eat … sweets are my downfall. This looks so delicious!

  2. Lorena says

    another one cup wonder! I love this recipe even better cause I can use different cakes boxes! I absolutely love this concept because I can have a big cake on the counter and what is good for dessert tonight is not what they want the next night kwim? sooo I can do different desserts on dif nights or no dessert at all if we don’t want it. thank you so much for sharing this!

  3. says

    I appreciate Christy sharing this tip….. sweets are my downfall too! I’m not allowed to have them on my diet…. that’s why making these little babies gives my husband a little something somethin and I don’t have a big cake calling my name all day long :). …. My mom had a good idea…. she said you could use a butter or white cake and top it with strawberries or any fruit. Tip: this isn’t something you make ahead…they dry out way to much!

  4. Melissa says

    Tried this tonight…found that with our standard coffee cup, the 1/4 and 1/8 method was too little (used up less than half of the cup. Had to alter times too, since even when following the recipe (and using a fairly new microwave) the Cristi time was too short, but your time was too long. Think I got it mostly ironed out though (by the 4th cup) :) Thanks for sharing the recipe! It has made my baking life MUCH easier!

  5. says

    Melissa, I’m glad you got it figured out.
    My mom starting making one of these every night with a dab of icecream. She said it just hit the spot…for a nice little treat.
    Hope you enjoy:)

  6. says

    Thats correct…just water. Also check out the recipe in the comments that mentions mixing an angel food cake mix in and just adding water.

  7. Emily says

    I just made this and used about a tablespoon of yogurt too! It had a great spongey consistency! Thank you for sharing I will have to remember this for when my willpower gets the best of me.

  8. Chris says

    Hi. Is it just a normal cake mix or a special microwave cake mix.
    Oh and Happy St Patricks Day from Ireland.

  9. says

    Tried it once. . . loved it! Had to go make another . . .. yummmmm! I really like the no egg part and I stirred in a little coconut. Tasty! Thank you so much.

  10. says

    Awesome! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this, but everything I found said to mix the regular cake mix with angel food cake. This is perfect!

  11. Liz says

    Soooo good! So glad I stumbled across this recipe! I’m not ashamed to say I just ate this for breakfast :)
    I cooked mine for 1:15 & it turned out perfect (for my liking, anyway). I added a spoonful of whipped cream cheese frosting & mixed it all up. It probably didn’t look all that appetizing at that point, lol, but it doesn’t matter because is was delicious!!! Thank you! 😀

  12. Chaos Angel says

    I tried this as above, using a German Chocolate cake mix, then added some pecan/coconut/caramel frosting to it after cooking. It was great, but it was fairly small. I will double it next time.

    The next night, I tried it using half German Chocolate, half Angel Food cake mixes. Be warned that the Angel Food cake does something to it, basically acting as a leavening agent. My cake foamed over the cup, leaving a giant awful mess in the microwave. (Although what stayed in the cup cooked perfectly and tasted awesome.)

    If you are keeping your frosting in the refrigerator after using it (which you should be!), I would recommend letting the amount you plan to put on top of your cake get to room temperature before topping the cake. The cold was a bit off-putting with the warm cake.

  13. Joann says

    I just tried this receipe and OMG! the best and the last receipe I’ll ever use!
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. says

    Hi there, just tried this last night with ice cream for dessert. Absolutely yummy and so easy!
    Pinning, facebooking, and tweeting!
    Have a great day,

    Val @