Piña Colada Mug Cake is amazing. Every spoonful of this moist, fluffy mug cake is full of coconut and pineapple flavor. Best of all, it cooks in the microwave in just one minute!
Why you'll love this recipe
This is a cup of instant sunshine in the form of a Piña Colada Mug Cake. Imagine fluffy vanilla cake speckled with shredded coconut and juicy bits of pineapple.
Topped with generous drizzles of sweet coconut cream and more sweet coconut, this instant dessert is a tropical treat that can be ready to eat in 1 microwave minute!
Quickly and easily mix up your own mug of sunshine or share the ingredients and recipe in your next care package !
- The magic mug cake mixture is made with one box of vanilla cake mix plus one box of angel food cake mix.
- Coconut cream, in cans or plastic bottles, can be found in the baking aisle or sometimes in the liquor aisle with ingredients for mixed drinks.I prefer the bottle for care packages because the bottle can be easily opened and then closed for storage.
- Lightly coat the inside of a microwaveable mug with cooking spray or use a disposable microwave safe paper cup.
- In the mug, stir together 3 tablespoons of cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water. Mix in a tablespoon of coconut and a tablespoon of pineapple.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute.
- Sprinkle the top of the cake with a little coconut, a few bits of pineapple, and a generous drizzle of coconut cream/syrup. Eat right out of the mug or transfer the cake onto a plate.
Microwave cakes should be enjoyed when cool enough to eat. The texture changes as they cool and are best eaten warm.
- Plain microwaved cake can taste like a sponge. Adding syrup, or in this case adding coconut cream, moistens the cake and eliminates the spongy texture.
- For care package use, pour the two cake mixes into a gallon-size zip lock bag labeled with directions, add a bag of sweetened shredded coconut, a few small cans of pineapple tidbits, a measuring spoon and a package of microwave safe paper cups or a can of non-stick spray.
- Please note that aerosol cans are not allowed in international care packages. To mail internationally and/or for no clean-up, I highly recommend adding microwave safe paper cups to your military or college care packages.
- Microwave cakes CAN be made with gluten-free cake mix. The angel food cake mix is not necessary.
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Piña Colada Mug Cake
- 1 box Angel Food Cake mix
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- Non-stick spray if not using disposable cups
- 24 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut (1 bag)
- 1 can pineapple tidbits packed in pineapple juice, drained
- 1 bottle coconut cream or coconut syrup
- In a gallon sized ziplock bag, combine the two boxes of cake mix. Shake the bag to mix thoroughly.
- Lightly coat the inside of a microwaveable mug with non-stick spray or use a disposable microwave safe paper cup. (Without the spray the cake will not transfer out of the mug and the mug is harder to clean.)
- (Here comes the 3-2-1 part) Into the prepared mug, stir together 3 tablespoons of cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water. Mix in a tablespoon of coconut and a tablespoon of pineapple.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute.
- Sprinkle the top of the cake with a little coconut, a few bits of pineapple, and a generous drizzle of coconut cream/syrup. Then eat it right out of the mug. If you want to transfer the cake onto a plate, run a knife around the edge between the cake and the mug to loosen, dump out onto a plate, then add the coconut, pineapple, and coconut cream/syrup.
- Combine the two cake mixes into a labeled gallon-size ziplock bag.
- Include a measuring spoon, a bag of sweetened shredded coconut, a can of pineapple tidbits packed in juice, and a can/bottle of coconut cream/syrup.
- If the care package is international, include microwave safe paper cups.
- If the care package is domestic, add either a can of non-stick spray (for use with a ceramic mug) or microwave safe paper cups.
First Published: March 28, 2014. Last Updated: July 3, 2022. Updated for additional information and better reader experience.Save
I am curious about your info regarding leaving out the Angel Food Cake mix if someone is gluten free.
What do you substitute? Another cake mix. All the recipes seem to have two cake mixes?
Also with the Pina Colada cake (or others) can you add any liquor like pouring Coconut Cream over the top? Am thinking this would be a fun quick dessert for a New Years Day party?
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Hi, Eileen! My daughter is gluten free and makes 3-2-1 cake without angel food cake mix, because we can't find gluten free angel food. The cakes don't rise quite as much using just one gluten free mix (such as chocolate, or vanilla) but it still works. Just use 3 tablespoons of gluten free cake mix of your choice with 2 tablespoons of water, and your choice of add-ins. I think liquor over the top would be DELICIOUS! (I write my recipes for college or military care packages so liquor doesn't make the ingredient list, but would certainly be tasty!) I have always thought that a 3-2-1 cake bar would be awesome at a party. Provide a few mixes, a bunch of add-ins, some water, paper microwave safe cups and a microwave. Perhaps some "recipe" suggestions would be fun too. My one hint based on LOTS of 3-2-1 cake taste tests, is that adding a syrup of some kind (coconut cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, etc) makes a much moister and less rubbery cake. I hope you have fun experimenting!
So then my question now is, can I use two regular cake mixes instead of one angel food cake mix and one regular cake mix if I am not concerned with anything being gluten free? Or is the angel food cake mix necessary as you say it takes the place of eggs.
I plan on making these "cups of cakes" for New Years Eve and have 11 assorted cake mix boxes but no angel food cake mix and wonder if I should get to the market to buy a couple or if two regular cake mixes could work?
Also any idea if a box of brownie mix is a possibility to use along with a box of devils food cake mix?
Just taking stock of my baking pantry for ideas.
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Hi, Eileen. 3-2-1 Cake is really very simple. If you use any flavor cake mix without combining it with angel food cake mix, it will not rise as much. The texture will be different. I personally, prefer to mix angel food cake in. All of my 3-2-1 recipes are for a flavored mix combined with an angel food mix. If you have 11 boxes of flavored mix at home, why don't you open one, and try it without the angel food and see what you think. If you like it, then don't make the mix of angel food plus flavored. Otherwise, head out and stock up on angel food mix and gallon ziplock bags for making the combined mixture :). As for brownie mix, it turns into a rubbery gloppy mess when you try to microwave it! DON'T do it! To make your devils food cake mix extra chocolatey, mix in a tablespoon of chocolate syrup before you microwave. I hope your "cups of cake" party is fabuous! Please let me know if I can help further. 🙂
Well, this sounds super delicious! Is there anyway to make this as a regular cake and without microwaving? Would loooove to make this for a family get together 🙂 Thanks!
Hi, Jessica! I agree that the Piña Colada flavors would be delicious in a regular cake as well! I haven't made one (yet) but this is what I would do: Mix up yellow vanilla cake batter according to package directions (or your favorite homemade recipe). Mix in a cup of shredded coconut (sweetened coconut is softer) and 1/2 - 3/4 cup of pineapple bits. Bake according to directions. After baking either top the whole cake or individual portions with sprinkled shredded coconut, pineapple bits, and coconut cream. I think any shape (round, rectangle, or bundt) would be beautiful! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂
Oh. My. God.
Pina colada is amazing and having a cake with all these flavors makes me crazy !! I think I will try one day !
Thanks, Sarah! This 3-2-1 cake is the best tasting yet, I think. The coconut creme (or syrup) takes it over the top!
Pina colada must be on both our minds because I made a quickbread this week using the same flavors! They just scream of summer. Hope you're vacation is going great!!
Thanks, Reenie! Pineapple and coconut do scream summer and we are all so anxious to say goodbye to this past winter! A Pina Colada quickbread sounds great! I will be looking for the post! 🙂
total sunshine in a cup: hope you had a lovely time in Florida! I've been to Sanibel many times as a child, and i remember it always being lovely (although we always went at un-spring break times as well, so i hope it wasn't too busy when you were there). 🙂
This is one lovely cake!! Pina colada...yummmm!!
Thanks, Zainab! They are tropical instant gratification. 🙂