Cake in a Cup Mix - Cupcakes

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 mins

Great for college students or seniors--a sweet treat anytime. Try different flavors of mixes. Use large ceramic mugs with a design to fit the occasion.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 1/2 ounce) box cake mix
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) box instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 4 12 tablespoons flavored powdered coffee creamer or 4 12 tablespoons powdered cocoa mix, divided


  1. Place dry cake mix and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl and stir well to blend.
  2. Measure out 1/2 cup portions and place each in a plastic sandwich bag with a tie closure.
  3. Tuck each bag in a large ceramic mug that will hold at least 1 1/2 cups of water.
  4. Because the cake is microwaved, be sure the cup does not have any metallic decoration on it.
  5. Place 1/3 cup of powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of powdered creamer or hot cocoa mix into additional sandwich bags; secure with a tie and attach to cake mix bag, labeling as glaze mix.
  6. Attach the following directions to each mug of mix: Generously spray inside of coffee mug with non-stick vegetable spray. Empty contents of cake mix bag into mug and add one egg white, one tablespoon oil and one tablespoon water. Mix until well blended. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. While cake is baking, place glaze mix into a small bowl and add 1 1/2 teaspoons water; mix well. When cake is done, pour glaze over cake in the cup and enjoy while warm.
Most Helpful

5 5

10 Stars!! My little guy has a nut allergy and was going to a birthday party today where he wasn't going to be able to have the cake. I didn't want to make a whole batch of cupcakes because we still have a lot of Halloween candy left. I found this recipe and I'm thrilled! I doubled it so DH would have one to eat with DS. I used a whole egg, dark chocolate cake mix and vanilla pudding as that's what was in the pantry. I baked it in my large toaster oven at 325 for about 20 minutes. I was trying to avoid that microwaved texture plus I was afraid that the batter would run over while cooking as my mugs are odd sized. After they were cooled I sliced off the top because they were really big and it would be easier to frost them. I let DS pick out his sprinkles and off he went. I ate the top. These are very, very good. I will always have some of this in my pantry ready to go. Besides being great to eat, this has solved a dilemma for me. I am grateful.

3 5

This was good, and VERY easy to make (please see how I rate recipes). Warm and sweet, it was a perfect cure for my cravings. I made mine a strawberry mix - strawberry pudding, and threw in a few chocolate chips – it was yummy and gooey (check out the suggested flavor combinations for the twin Cake in a Mug). The only comment I have is that the addition of an egg white and oil doesn’t make this very convenient if away from home (e.g. at an office)… Next time I will try the Cake in a Mug with powdered egg white as luvmybge suggested for #13921. It would be great to just have this ready to go as Betty Crocker® Warm Delights™ are (I gave it a try recently and it didn’t have as nice a texture as the Cake, but it is very portable and doesn’t require anything more than water).

4 5

For a quick craving, this is nice. I used a yellow cake mix and vanilla pudding. I didn't much care for the glaze as I thought it was kind of boring. I do prefer the Betty Crocker Warm Delights over this, but when getting a craving and not having anything else - this is good.