Easy Cake Recipe: 3, 2, 1 Cake

impromptu birthday parties with 3,2,1 cake

If you’re anything like me, you have occasionally forgotten a friend’s birthday or meant to call but the day got away from you.  So, what do you do when your child’s best friend or lovey has a birthday and you forgot to mark it on your calendar?  Throw an impromptu birthday party, of course!

We were visiting my mother last week and my son had packed a whole bunch of toys that he wanted to share with his Grandma.  Amongst them was his baby sister’s plush puppy, and it happened to be her birthday… I didn’t know!  Quickly, Grandma and I decided that a party with cake and candles was in order.  But, as much as my son and I love baking together, who wants to wait almost an hour to pre-heat, measure, mix, pour, bake, cool, and frost when the party mood strikes!  Not us!

That’s when Grandma came to the rescue.  She told us about 3, 2, 1 Cake and, being Grandma, had the supplies already on hand!

So, here’s what you need from the store:

1 box of angel food cake mix

1 box of any other cake mix – chocolate, vanilla, carrot, etc.

Combine your angel food cake mix with the cake mix of your choice in a Ziploc bag.  Store in the refrigerator when not in use (and this will make a lot of cakes!).

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And here’s what you need to do:

When you’re ready for cake, combine (in a small microwave safe bowl):

3 tablespoons of the combined cake mix with

2 tablespoons of water

and microwave for 1 minute.

Easy as pie… or cake… to remember the 3, 2, 1 combination!

chocolate cake

Allow to cool, then apply frosting or whipped cream or fruit (or all) and, voila, cake!

Get out your candles, party hats, or whatever else you have on hand and party, dance, and enjoy some yummy (and relatively guilt free) treats!

Note: The inspiration for this came to Grandma from here: http://cake.betterrecipes.com/3-2-1-cake.html

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About Amy

Amy is stay at home mom to a 4 year old son and a 18 month old baby girl. Before becoming a mom, Amy was an elementary school teacher and has a Master's in Literacy Education and a Reading Specialist certificate. She is also the director and teacher of a local Kindermusik program. She loves theater, music, and dance, and of course, playing with her children. Amy writes Stuck Under a Baby, tweets as @stuckunderababy and can be found on Facebook.