3-2-1 Sponge Cake – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe

Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was 3-2-1 Sponge Cake. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.  The original recipe can be found over at The 350 Degree Oven.

Robyn’s Take:

This week’s recipe was Nance’s choice, and I DO NOT CARE what she says, there’s NO WAY ON EARTH she’s not deliberately poking Amanda. This recipe is Amanda-baiting at its finest! I mean, come on. Let’s take a look at the ingredients, SHALL we?


A box of Angel Food Cake mix, a box of regular cake mix. Not shown: water. You can use any flavor of regular cake mix; I used chocolate because that’s what I had on hand.

What do we do with these cake mixes? What do we dooooo?

Throw the mixes in a gallon-sized zip-top bag.


Mix them together.


I just made sure the top was zipped close and then tossed the bag around a few times until everything was well mixed.

Now here comes the 3-2-1 part of the recipe. 3 Tablespoons of the mix, 2 Tablespoons of water, mix ’em together, and microwave for 1 minute.

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Over at The 350 Degree Oven, she said that hers cooked perfectly at 50 seconds. Mine was actually a little goopy on the bottom at 50 seconds; 1 minute was perfect for me.




The verdict? Tasted exactly like a chocolate kitchen sponge. I was tempted to use it to wash dishes with, but I suspect it would not have held up well. I didn’t care for the texture, and neither did Fred.

But I had this whole big bag of mix. What to do, what to do?

Make a bunch of little cakes, slap them on a plate, put a bunch of whipped cream (made from just-expired heavy cream, which has been sitting in the fridge forever) on top, is what I did.


And then I served it up to a more appreciative crowd.



It was a hit with the chickens, to say the least.

The dogs couldn’t have any of the cakes (since dogs can’t have chocolate), but I placated them with some of the whipped cream.


So, to summarize: not popular with the humans, but the chickens thought those little cakes were DIVINE. And since I’ve still got most of a bag of the mix left over, I guess they’ll be eating chocolate sponge cake for the foreseeable future.


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Nance’s Take:

What NOT to do…
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Don’t go to the website and print out this recipe without first looking at how many pages you’re going to be printing. FOUR fucking pages with color photos. Way to waste expensive ink, motherfuckers.
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Don’t worry about the fact that your plastic bag is a zipper type bag. Nobody gives a shit except me (I really hate those kinds of bags).123 Sponge Cake
Don’t fret that you don’t have rice bowls. You don’t even eat rice, bitch. Uh, that’s me. I’m talking to myself. I don’t know if you eat rice or not. Either way, don’t sweat it if you don’t have a rice bowl.
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Don’t worry about what name brand the cake mixes are. I bought whatever the hell was on sale. Well, okay. I didn’t buy them. I sent Rick to the store because that man doesn’t mind running errands as it gives him a chance to listen to his beloved NPR. But I was the one that told him to just buy whatever was on sale so there’s that.
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Don’t worry about whether or not Sadie prefers to not have an iPad shoved in her face for a fuzzy picture. For the record, she does not like it, but until she starts paying rent around here she doesn’t get a say.
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Don’t be all anal about cutting the tops off of the cake mix bags. Just rip that shit and let the dust land where it may.123 Sponge Cake
Don’t worry that this Polish Pottery mug is obviously an imperfect item. That’s what makes it so affordable!
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Don’t worry about writing the recipe down on the plastic bag and taking a picture. Nobody will be able to tell you’re a sociopath from your handwriting, silly. Right?
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Don’t worry about spilling that water and cake mix all over the place. It’s your kitchen, dammit. You can do what you want!
Don’t worry about having to make more than one of these because your timing is off. For the record, my microwave turned it to rubber at 1 minute.

But the most important DON’T you need to know is…
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Don’t bother! If you want a piece of cake, go bake a motherfucking real cake and eat a piece. And then take the rest, wrap it up, and throw it in the freezer until the next time you want a piece of cake. Ugh! I should have known better than to even be bothered with some twee type recipe like this. NEVER AGAIN.

3-2-1 Sponge Cake - Nance and Robyn make the same recipe
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: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Serves: 1
  • 1 box Angel Food cake mix
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (or you can use chocolate, lemon, strawberry - whatever flavor you prefer)
  • Water
  1. In a gallon sized zip-top bag, empty both boxes of mix. Seal the top and shake the bag until the mixes are well combined. (Bag will store in the pantry indefinitely.)
  2. To make one serving, measure 3 Tablespoons of mix into a small bowl or mug. Mix in 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix together and microwave on high for 50 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. You can eat the cake right out of the bowl or place on a plate and get fancy with fruit garnishes or whipped cream/ Cool Whip.
  4. The whole bag contains 28 servings. Each serving: 133 calories each.



3-2-1 Sponge Cake – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe — 31 Comments

  1. Oh how sad I am that this is less than awesome. I may have found 3 or 4 cake mixes that have been sitting in my pantry for so long that even the box top points have expired and I was squee about using up 2 of the cake mix boxes. I guess I’ll just have to make them up as plain cakes now.

  2. Huh. I don’t eat rice. I don’t have a rice bowl. And I’m a Philistine who doesn’t own a microwave! However, it’s great to see puppies and chicken and read profanity.

    • Robyn even went one step further and make real live whipped cream for the cakes for the chickens. Her chickens eat better than I do.

      • They only got the whipped cream ’cause it was a few days past the date on the carton, and I knew I wasn’t going to be eating whipped cream any time soon.

        Of course, I had to chill the bowl and beater, and then make the whipped cream… I see your point, actually. 🙂

  3. I can’t believe that Robyn made whipped cream for the chickens. Robyn, you have topped yourself my friend. I am crying tears of laughter. My office thinks I’m nuts. Wouldn’t it be funny if THIS was the day Amanda decided to drop by again?

    • What’s sad is that I so take for granted Robyn’s culinary efforts on behalf of her chickens that the absurdity of it didn’t even hit me until you pointed it out. I wish I had someone to take care of me as well as Robyn takes care of her chickens 🙂

  4. Oh my, these look NAS-TAY! I hate angel’s cake, but do you think this could work with just the ordinary cake mix? I live alone, so this would be a way of using those cake mixes I have.

    • I don’t think that ordinary cake mix would work by itself – I think the angel food cake does something mysterious and science-y to make the cake rise. I fear that just cake mix would be a heavy block in the bottom of your bowl.

      • Oh right, you need to add a little something to it to make it a real res-uh-pee. I guess you could add a single chocolate chip per cup.

  5. Have you just made it like a regular cake? I can’t find a damn recipe that isn’t a freaking mug cake and it’s driving me crazy. I don’t want to make my oven look like a bad experiment gone awry, that shit’s hard to clean as it is.

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