I love cake.
 
Sprinkle cake, vanilla cake, lemon cake, chocolate cake, strawberry cake, butter cake, red velvet cake . . . deep breath . . . banana cake, poppyseed cake, rum cake, cheesecake, crumble cake, almond cake, layer cake, and well, pretty much any cake I can get my hands on.
 
I love cake so much that waiting the hour it takes to make it is just painful…or so I thought. That’s what I thought until I discovered the 
 
CAKE IN A MUG
 
 
And it takes no more than five minutes. Yeah, you heard me. Five minutes. All that deliciousness you see up there . . . you can make it and be eating it on the couch in the time it cakes for the commercials to be over. I’m pretty sure this stops just short of magic in my book.
 
Now, there are about a billion recipes for mug cake floating around the internet, and I’ve tried several at home in attempts to create the perfect one. While many were delicious and all were eaten, this recipe by Laine of It’s Just Laine has found its way into my mug and my mouth forever:
 
 
What You Need 

1 box angel food cake mix
1 box cake mix
2 boxes instant pudding mix  

What You Do 

1) Mix cake mixes and pudding together in a bowl until well blended. (Store unused mix in an airtight container…it’s a lot, so you’ll have dessert on standby for a while!)
2) Add 3 tbsp. mix to a cup and 2-3 tbsp. of desired liquid.  Mix well. 
3) Microwave for 1 minute and let cool. 
4) Top with whipped cream, ice cream, fruit, caramel, chocolate syrup . . .use your imagination!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can really play around with ingredients to create whatever kind of cake you like and add any toppings you want. If you’re feeling really domestic, you can even make a different flavor for all your friends or your family!
 
Tip for the lazy like me:  If your cake cravings are sometimes so intense that ripping open the plastic on the mix seems like an eternity, try this:  mix all the dry ingredients in a large Ziplock and store in your freezer. Whenever you feel the urge, simply pull out your favorite mug, add water, milk, coffee, etc., and cook! Ta-da!
 
P.S. Here are two more great recipes for cake in a mug:
 
(Pics courtesy of Babble, iVillage, Kirbie Cravings, and The Hidden Pantry.)