3-2-1 Caramel Apple Cake

3-2-1 Caramel Apple Mug Cake

Makes 24 mugs of cake
Author Wendy Sondov themondaybox.com


  • 1 box Angel Food Cake mix
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • Non-stick spray if not using disposable cups
  • Water
  • 1 bag Caramel squares 3 per mug (I used Kraft)
  • 1 can of apple pie filling 1-2 slices of apple per mug (I used Duncan Hines Comstock/Wilderness)
  • 1 jar cinnamon sugar


  1. In a gallon sized ziplock bag, combine the two boxes of cake mix. Shake the bag to mix thoroughly.
  2. 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.)
  3. (Here comes the 3-2-1 part) Into the prepared mug, stir together 3 tablespoons of cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water. Cut a slice of canned apple in half and place on top of batter in cup. They will sink in. Gently press together three caramel squares one on top of the other forming a tower. Push the caramel squares down into the center of the batter. The cake will rise around the tower, so don’t worry if some of the caramel is not submerged.
  4. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the cake with cinnamon sugar 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 sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Packing Tips

Combine the two cake mixes into a labeled gallon-size ziplock bag. Include a measuring spoon, bag of caramels, can of apple pie filling, and a jar of cinnamon sugar. 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. Write out directions on an index card or directly on the ziplock bag. For a special touch, include a mug and spoon.