I kept seeing the "3-2-1 Cake" recipe all over pinterest and Weight Watchers recipe sites and I could not let another day go without trying it. Every recipe I saw pretty much used the same stock photo of a beautiful cake in a white ramekin with a dollop of whipped cream. I wanted to see what the cake looks like for real.
If you are not familiar with the 3-2-1 cake, you get a box of Angel Food Cake mix and a box of any flavor you like cake mix and combine them in a big bag. Shake the bag to mix. When you are jonesing for a piece of warm cake, put 3 tablespoons of the mix in a mug. Add 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix well. Microwave for 1 minute. See, 3-2-1!
I mixed Devil's Food with the Angel Food mix.Depending what mixes you use, it seems that each cake is around 100 calories.
I used a glass mug so you can see what it really looks like. Cooked, it looks kind of like a root beer float.
It also looks nothing like the stock photo that accompanies most recipes.
I let it cool so I could pop it onto a plate and really see what it looks like.
It is sweet and chocolatey and has the airy texture of angel food cake. But, it is kind of dry. Once I drizzled a little caramel sauce over it, it stood no chance. YUM! If you are watching your calories and are jonesing for a piece of cake, this is good. I hate the advice they give dieters to just have a piece of fruit when you are really suffering. I am pretty sure those fruit eaters have never had extreme PMS. This mug cake is good for pulling yourself back from the eat- a -whole- tub- of ice cream ledge. I think I would use a small bowl instead of a mug though for easier eatability. I like the idea of having the mix in the pantry when the urge strikes, and not needing eggs or to measure a bunch of stuff for a single serving.