Baby Food Jar Mug Cake Recipes And Gift Basket

I recently learned how easy it is to make Mug Cake Recipes using boxed cake mixes. Β In fact, it’s so easy, you can make little batches ahead of time and only have to add water when you’re ready to snack on one.

All you have to do is use 1 tablespoon of Angel Food Cake and add 1 tablespoon of any other cake mix you desire, then you have a delicious portion-controlled dessert for one.

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I had fun playing around with different combinations of cake mixes and adding different types of things to them. My favorite was the Hot Chocolate Mug Cake that I shared with you before. Here are a few others I enjoyed:

Mug cake recipes

Mug Cake Recipes

Vanilla Cinnamon Spice Mug Cake

  • 1 tbsp Angel Food Cake
  • 1 tbsp Spice Cake
  • 1/2 tbsp Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon Chips
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Add 3 tbsp water and microwave for 1-2 minutes when ready to eat.

Triple Chocolate Mug Cake

  • 1 tbsp Angel Food Cake
  • 1 tbsp Devil’s Food Cake
  • 1/2 tbsp Instant Chocolate Pudding mix
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Add 3 tbsp water and microwave for 1-2 minutes when ready to eat.

White Chocolate Carrot Mug Cake

  • 1 tbsp Angel Food Cake
  • 1 tbsp Carrot Cake
  • 1/2 tbsp Instant Cheesecake Pudding mix
  • 1 tbsp White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Add 3 tbsp water and microwave for 1-2 minutes when ready to eat.

Vanilla Spice Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

  • 1 tbsp Angel Food Cake
  • 1 tbsp Spice Cake
  • 1/2 tbsp Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Add 3 tbsp water and microwave for 1-2 minutes when ready to eat.

Double Chocolate Cheesecake Mug Cake

  • 1 tbsp Angel Food Cake
  • 1 tbsp Devil’s Food Cake
  • 1/2 tbsp Instant Cheesecake Pudding mix
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Add 3 tbsp water and microwave for 1-2 minutes when ready to eat.

I decided to give these little Mug Cakes as Christmas gifts this year and found the perfect little containers to put them in; baby food jars!

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I just printed out some labels, glued on some fabric and ribbon and I think they turned out pretty cute. You could use any cute little wicker basket to hand them out to people. Β I can’t wait to pass them out for Christmas this year, though I may have to keep a few for myself.

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Which one would you like to try?
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69 comments
Nichol - December 22, 2013

The triple chocolate of course:) I love how you put them in the baby food jars. Perfectly sized. Great gift idea for sure!

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Mandi - December 24, 2013

Are you serious??!! All of those jars that I threw away could have held CAKE?! Well crap LOL This is an awesome idea!

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Andrew @ Mommy's Busy Go Ask Daddy - December 24, 2013

I’ve never heard of mug cakes before, nor baby food jar ones. These are beyond adorable looking! And how cute that you just add water and have an “instant piece of cake” ready to eat! I’d try any of these, thank you very much. I’ll just sit here by the door waiting for my delivery. πŸ™‚

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Marina - December 24, 2013

Oh wow! I would love to try the Triple Chocolate Mug!

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Sara Phillips - December 24, 2013

I LOVE how you used the baby food jars! I think the Vanilla Spice Chocolate Chip Mug Cake sounds delicious!

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Heather Lawrence - December 24, 2013

Oh my gosh those are adorable!!
I wish I could get my hands on some baby food jars today because that would be a perfect last minute gift.
I want to try the vanilla spice cake RIGHT NOW!
Pinning this for next year…this would be a great teacher gift.

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Tonya - December 24, 2013

What a cute idea! I’d love to try the White Chocolate Carrot Mug Cake.

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Cat Davis - December 24, 2013

How cute! I would never thought to use baby food jars like that.

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Jenn - December 24, 2013

Brilliant! What a great way to use up leftover baby food jars. Wishing I hadn’t tossed all mine.

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Natalie | One Busy WAHM - December 24, 2013

White chocolate carrot mug cake sounds awesome. What a genius idea!

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Tammilee - December 24, 2013

Genius! Pure Genius! What a great way to make bite size cake snacks. They look so cute!

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HilLesha - December 25, 2013

That is a really cute idea!

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Donna - December 25, 2013

Absolutely the triple chocolate! Yum!

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Digna D. - December 25, 2013

These are neat. I have never tried them, but know many who have and love to make them. Thanks for sharing.

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Ashley - Embracing Homemaking - December 25, 2013

Oooh, that sounds great! What a nice gift idea too!

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Melissa - December 26, 2013

Triple chocolate for me! πŸ™‚

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trisha - December 26, 2013

Really cute! I love this idea for gifts or for fun snacks to save.

trisha

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Kat B. - December 26, 2013

I love this! I am bookmarking so I can try these later.

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Julie - December 26, 2013

I wish my baby was still little so I could build up a stockpile of jars – these look so yummy!

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Jennifer Soltys - January 12, 2014

This is the cutest idea I have ever seen! Seriously love it!!

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Susan - January 25, 2014

How adorable are these?! I’m pinning so I can make them for my daughter next year when she’s away at college.

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Rhonda - A Born Unique Mom - January 25, 2014

Vanilla Cinnamon Spice for me! These are adorable and would make great baby shower favors too. πŸ™‚ Great idea to use baby jars.

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Joanne - January 27, 2014

First, I have to say that these are super adorable. I wish I was more crafty! I guess I am in my own way but I have crafting-envy. lol Great job!!

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Susan Fletcher - February 14, 2014

This question sounds dumb as I write it, but do you make the cake in the baby food jar? (without the lid) Or put the stuff in a mug to make it?

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    Jennifer Dickison - February 17, 2014

    You can pour it out into a mug. πŸ™‚

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      Darlene - August 20, 2015

      Hey, I’ve never commented on here before, and the only way I can see how is by replying to this comment.. my daughter’s 1st bday is in 2 days and I’ve been prepping to do these as favors for months using your recipe and overall idea.. but I’m having a MAJOR problem now and really need your help! The baby food jars I have are 4oz so I’ve had to 1.5 the recipe (I tried doubling, but it flows over the mug as your stirring if I do that.. so when I used 1.5 of the ingredients they still overflow when in the microwave (and is pretty wet at the bottom of the mug). So now I tried leaving the baking powder at 1tsp and 1.5 times everything else. It microwaved much better, but is chewy now, instead of moist. Any suggestions?? Idk what I’ll do if I cant get this right in time for her party. I’ve worked so hard prepping/decorating the jars for it to be a just mediocre mug cake. I’d reallyyy appreciate your input. I’m faarrrr from a baker. Thank you!!!

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        Ministrymomma - November 11, 2015

        We have the same problem, we could not get them right, we tried everything. I just don’t think it works

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melissa - May 3, 2014

Do you have a pdf of those cute labels you put on the jars?

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    Jennifer Dickison - May 5, 2014

    Let me look. I may still have the file.

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      Tenille - February 1, 2016

      Can I get a copy of the labels, if you have it?

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Shannon cressman - November 1, 2014

This looks amazing. What size jars did you use? Also, does the cake rise to fill the mug? Thanks!

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    Jennifer Dickison - November 2, 2014

    I used the smallest baby food jars. And the cake filled up a half to 3/4th of the mug I believe.

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jessica - December 4, 2014

I am planning to make these with my daughter’s class of 20. Do you have any idea how far one box of cake and one box of pudding go? Meaning, if I only bought one angel food cake and all the other ingredients, how many jars could I fill? Same with the pudding.
Thank you!

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    jessica - December 5, 2014

    For those who are interested, I measured the ingredients for Vanilla Cinnamon Spice Mug Cake.
    1 – 1 lb box of angel food cake had 36 Tbs
    1 – 15.25 oz box of spice cake had 38 Tbs
    1 – 3.4 oz box of vanilla pudding had 12 half Tbs
    1 – 10 oz bag of cinnamon chips had 24 Tbs
    So, for 1 box of angel food cake you would want 1 box of spice cake, 3 boxes of pudding and 15 oz cinnamon chips.

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      Jennifer Dickison - December 7, 2014

      Thank you for sharing that! I did not test to see how much you could get from one box.

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      jessica - December 17, 2014

      Those are relatively accurate measurements. The kids used a bit more when they measured and I needed to open a second bag of cinnamon chips for a class of 19. Plenty of cake mix left over.

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      stephanie - September 11, 2017

      Thank you so much! This is just what I needed to make a large batch. Did you still use the baking powder?

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cindy - December 6, 2014

Has anyone else actually TRIED these? We did and found that within 20 seconds of putting it in the microwave the cakes “boiled over” out of the jars and all over the microwave. Tried one at 1/2 power, and same result. Tried it in a regular mug and it worked better, but tasted tough-ish.

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    Jennifer Dickison - December 7, 2014

    That seems strange, Cindy. I don’t think any of ours boiled over. And we made so many of them because we enjoyed them. I don’t think any of them turned out tough. They were more spongey than a regular cake would be, but they still tasted great for us. I’m sorry you had a bad experience with them.

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      jenny - December 17, 2014

      I want to make the triple chocalote ones I bough one of each box of cake does anyone know how many this will make

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    Sarah - January 30, 2015

    I’m having the same issue with boil over. I am making these for labor and delivery as well as the mother baby unit and I wanted something that would be easy for them to pop in the microwave on break for a sweet treat. After a few test runs, halving the recipe and making it in the jar seems to work OK (I got 4oz canning jars). Oh, and tamping down the froth that seems to occur after stirring in the water helps too! It ends up being a small amount but sometimes that’s perfect on the go! I also tried full recipe minus the baking powder thinking that was the culprit…still boiled over and was a tougher cake.
    Hope this helps!

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      Antonia - January 30, 2015

      Thanks, I just tried one because my mom thought it would be a good idea I made 40 for my son’s first birthday Sunday and it tasted funny kind of bitter almost thought it was because of the baking powder… I am going to try one more and tap the bubbles down… I really hope they turn out, because I might cry with everything going wrong… lol

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      Antonia - January 30, 2015

      I just realized that I did half of them baking soda and half baking powder… I had the powder in bulk and ran out and with my stressed out head grabbed the soda instead πŸ™ back to the store… the sad thing is I don’t even know what ones have powder or soda….

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        Jennifer Dickison - January 31, 2015

        I’m sorry you are having problems as well! Let me know if the next batch turns out! Happy 1st birthday to your son!

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          Stef - May 8, 2017

          What size baby jars do you use???

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      Jennifer Dickison - January 31, 2015

      I am sorry you are having so many problems with the recipe! We made many of them and didn’t have issues. I have no idea why they would mess up!

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        Brittany - September 24, 2017

        I think most people that are having issues are trying to make the cakes in the baby jars itself. ..so it boils over. I’m wondering though, how much water do you use and how much time on the microwave to make the cakes?

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    Vivian T73 - October 28, 2015

    I gave one to my sister and it did not boil over in her mug, but it was a bit tough as did ours at home. I discovered she microwaved it a bit too long and as for us, our microwave is new and works REALLY well. You probably need to adjust the time like we did.

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    Bonnie - December 13, 2016

    Don’t use jars, use mugs to make ‘mug’ cakes.
    Yes they rise fast so use a tall sided mug and do a tester first at 1 minute. If your cake is too moist, add 5-10 seconds to the next one and if it’s tough reduce by 10-15 seconds. (They do keep cooking for a few seconds after you remove them from the microwave so check it out before trying again).
    If you add too many other things it can throw the chemistry off. If you double the recipe to make a bigger cake don’t add so much liquid that the consistency becomes soupy.
    Trial and error!

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Christy - December 8, 2014

This is the cutest thing ever. I love these to pass out to kids for christmas gifts.

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Trace - January 11, 2015

I made these and they came out perfect. You are not suppose to make them in the jar. They will boil over.

I think that’s what Cindy meant. She made them in the jar.

I made a coconut cream one and it was awesome. I used yellow cake mix with coconut cream pudding mix. Added shredded coconut. You should try it!!

ThNks for sharing! If you come up with more recipes please post!!

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    Jennifer Dickison - January 12, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing how they turned out!

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    Vivian T73 - October 28, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to try this one.

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Alifemoment - March 16, 2015

What a lovely blog and lovely recipes! Love your photography!

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    Jennifer Dickison - March 17, 2015

    Thank you so much and thanks for visiting!

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Vivian T73 - October 28, 2015

These are the best mug cake recipes I have come across. I love how they don’t require any liquid ingredients until you are ready to make them. I have seen some that sound delish, but require applesauce, eggs, milk or other wet ingredients and it makes it hard to give as a gift when the person has to go grocery shopping just to make them. So, thank you for the simplicity in these flavorful cakes. I am curious as to how you chose the ingredients. I understand the cake mix, baking soda, chips, etc… but how were you able to know which pudding mix? Did you have a trial and error or am I missing something obvious. I would love to create some of my own since there are so many different flavors in cake mix now, even seasonal ones. I give these to friends and family that are either on a diet and would love a sweet without having a whole cake in the house and for those who are mobile-challenged and unable stand for more than a few minutes. They truly appreciate these.

Again, thank you SO much for posting these!!!

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Rachel - November 22, 2015

These are so adorable! I’m going to make these baskets for Christmas gifts and would like to know how far ahead of time can I make these?

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De - December 4, 2015

I am curious about the labels. Dis you ever find that pdf?

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Marnie katzbeck - January 2, 2016

I have made another recipe why do you add baking powder? My other recipe does not

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    Vivian T73 - January 5, 2016

    Can you share that recipe? I’m curious to see what it would be like without the baking powder.

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Tricia - March 28, 2016

What a great idea! I have lots of baby food jars that I need to use up. I’m going to keep this in mind! Thanks for sharing.

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Cathy - June 23, 2016

Love the Baby Food Jar cake ideas … can you microwave the baby food jars? Where can I find the other recipes shown in the poster? Like the Chocolate Chocolate Chip cake???

thanks for these fantastic ideas!!

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Cathy - June 23, 2016

Oh the labels are the cutest – do you still have the file????? Thank you thank you thank you

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Patsy Bradley - August 25, 2016

How many ounces are these baby food jars? Do you cook them in the baby food jar or dump them in a mug? Thanks. Thinking of making them for gifts. I have small canning jars but need to know how big they should be.

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Cristina - December 1, 2016

Do you have the printable labels?

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Jamie - December 16, 2016

Would love the recipes for the ones all shown in the picture been trying to find them but just can’t πŸ™ if someone has done these and has other recipes I’d love to hear the feed back and all the ideas.

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michelle - February 24, 2017

The first time I tried it the batter started bubbling almost instantly and then cooked over the mug in the microwave. I left the baking powder out and then it was fine. Not sure why baking powder was included, because both cake mixes already have it in. They microwaved with no trouble and tasted great. Plan to do this next week with a group of preschoolers. Hoping to also let them put some mixes in a baby food jar to take home and share with mom.

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Connie - March 20, 2017

These look so easy and perfect for that quick cake fix. How long will they keep in the pantry like this?

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Stef - May 7, 2017

What size baby food jars are those in picture??

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