Mug cake gift set

Just Add Water Mug Cake

Mug cakes are everywhere, so I decided to jump on the cake wagon and bring you a super fast, three ingredient “recipe” along with a fun new product that will celebrate anyone, and any occasion, just by adding water. It’s a party in a box!

Mug cake gift set

It was back in 2015 when I had the idea to paint mugs that could be used specifically for the mug cake recipes that I was seeing all over the internet. I knew that I wanted to include a pre-made cake mix along with the mugs, but needed it to be extra simple for gift giving purposes. After all, most people don’t carry eggs in their pockets for when they have a taste for a little cake at work. 

Cake mix and mug gift set

The recipe I’m sharing with you is one from Amanda, over at I Am Baker, and it’s absolutely perfect for this mug cake, cake mix gift set. It’s crazy easy and requires only three ingredients: One box of angel food cake mix, One box of cake mix (your choice of flavors), and water. Easy peasy!

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Just add water cake mix.
Just Add Water Mug Cake
Cook Time
1 min
As easy as 1,2,3. Just add water and microwave for one minute.
Servings: 1
  • 1 box angel food cake mix any brand
  • 1 box cake mix any flavor (any brand)
  • large container with air-tight lid
  • microwave safe mug
  • water
  1. Place the cake mixes in a large container. Stir well to combine.
  2. Place 5 tablespoons cake mix into large microwave safe mug.
  3. Add 2½ tablespoons water. Mix well to combine.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute on high power. Allow to cool slightly before eating.
  5. Return the air-tight lid to the container and store the cake mix in a cool, dark place.
Recipe Notes

There are tons of mug cake recipes on the internet. Some are more involved than others. To find additional recipes for using with your mug, type "mug cake recipe" in the search bar of your browser.
Please visit: to find my selection of dishwasher and microwave safe hand painted mug cake mugs.
Or contact me to request a custom design.

Since the hand painted mug I’m offering with this set is completely dishwasher and microwave safe, it’s perfect for using over and over and over again, making it the gift that keeps on giving for all sorts of additional mug cakes recipes. Here is a list of just a few that I know you’ll enjoy:

Babble’s 10 Tasty Mug Cakes

Table for Two Chocolate Mug Cake

Land-O-Lakes Birthday Party Mug Cake

All Day I Dream About Food – Best Low-Carb Grain-Free Mug Cakes

My Cupcake Addiction – 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

We Are Not Martha – Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cake

The Novice Chef – Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Kids Activities Blog – Banana Nut Mug Cake

So you see? Mug cakes come in many flavors and can be pretty involved as far as the ingredient list goes, or as simple as just add water.

Ready to serve mug cake mixes.

Hand painted mug with cake mix set

Each mug cake, cake mix set you order comes complete with a uniquely hand painted mug, a single serving of cake mix (your choice of either chocolate, chocolate chip, OR vanilla with sprinkles), a candle for celebrating, and a gift box that is ready for wrapping. Also included are the easy to follow directions for making the cake mix included in the mug. It’s that simple, and all for under $20 (not including the shipping and handling).

Custom orders are also always welcome so if you have a specific idea or design in mind, (i.e. for your daughter’s ballet teacher, your son’s t-ball coach, or even your hairdresser, or dog groomer), I can paint that for you! Please contact me by clicking on the little envelope icon at the top of my site, and I’ll be happy to customize a mug for someone on your gift giving list that you won’t find anywhere else! To order my mug cake, cake mix sets, please visit my shop on Etsy. 

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  1. Aw, these make such cute gifts and are so easy to put together, perfect!

  2. These are so adorable! They would make the perfect gift, I love that you cook the cake in the mug too since it’s just enough for one serving!

  3. What a great, smart idea to use angel food cake mix for the eggs. Duh. And much more economical than meringue powder or powdered eggs. Love what you’ve done with cake mugs!

  4. I’m in LOVE with these mugs! They are so super cute and perfect for gift giving. Although I sorta want all the mug cake to myself 🙂

  5. I adore mug cakes! They are quick & easy & perfectly portioned for one. 🙂 What a clever idea to make mug cake gift sets!

  6. I see this mug cake in my future, this weekend!!

  7. You have a serious talent, my friend. Your mugs ate just too cute! I line the idea of just adding water for a gift kug cake.

  8. Your mugs are so neat! And you just add water? I don’t get how that works. So I’ll just need to try it out for myself! 😉 Love this idea.

  9. I love how easy this recipe is, but I love your mugs the most – they are awesome! (And can you believe that I’ve never had a mug cake before?)

    • I totally believe you about never having a mug cake before, Heather. Believe it or not, either had I until I had the idea for these mugs and cake mix sets. Haha!

  10. You are so talented. These mugs are gorgeous, and perfect for gift giving. And the mug cake looks might delicious.

    I used to make mug cakes and brownies for the kids when they were little. I think we called them single serving cakes or something back then. Our next door neighbour was a police officer who had a thing for meal prep and freezing things. He taught me how to freeze single serving muffins, and how to make mug cakes back in the day. He also taught me never to speed but that one never stuck.

    • You always make me laugh,Kim. So, you knew about mug cakes even be for they were a thing? You get bonus points for that…and a free mug. Lol

  11. Oh my – what a great idea! These would make the perfect gift!

  12. What a super cute gift giving idea and delicious to boot

  13. What a cute idea! Love these!

  14. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  15. What adorable mugs, and great gift ideas! So fun!

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