3-2-1 Weight Watchers Valentine’s Day Mug Cakes

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As you may have read, I recently joined Weight Watchers. It was one of my New Year’s Resolutions.

At first it was rough. I wanted to indulge but found myself rapidly running out of points. And then I started overcompensating, eating only foods that were little or no points, which is also a no-no, of course. But finally I found a balance. I was able to eat foods I liked – sometimes as an indulgence (I was very hesitant to dip into my weekly points at first, I’m over that now), sometimes with some healthy compromises – while filling in the gaps with good, healthy, low-point snacks. And after that first week, I’d already lost 3.6 pounds, so something must be working. (We’ll see how the second week has gone on Wednesday. Cross your fingers!)

Balance aside, I knew holidays would be tricky. Holidays are filled with over-eating, fatty fried delicious, and lots and lots of sweet things. How do you manage that on Weight Watchers? For some things, it might just mean saving up those weekly points for the inevitable splurge. At other times, you might go over your allotted points, which is unfortunate but it’s a holiday and life will go on. But there are some sweet things you might not have to splurge on, just maybe compromise a little.

3-2-1 Weight Watchers Valentine's Day Mug Cakes

I discovered this 3-2-1 Mug Cake while on my desperate search for low-point snacks and meals, and fell in love! Seriously, it’s delicious. And so easy! The concept is to mix together angel food cake mix (the kind that only requires water) with any other cake mix. Then you use 3 Tbsp of this combined mix, 2 Tbsp of water and microwave for 1 minute (3-2-1, get it?). It’s so yummy – fluffy and moist – and only 3 SmartPoints! Can you believe?

For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to try my hand at making special holiday mug cakes that would still be low points. They use the 3-2-1 recipe as a foundation but with some extra additions to make them more festive and lovely for this lovely day. As a bonus, I found two great variations!

Weight Watchers Valentine's Day Mug Cakes - 2 Ways!

Ooey Gooey Marshmallow Black Forest Mug Cake

Ooey Gooey Marshmallow Black Forest Valentine's Day Mug Cake

Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 3 for the cake + 2 for the fluff + 2 for the cherries

 

What you need:

  • 1 box of angel food cake mix (the kind that only needs water)
  • 1 box of devil’s food cake mix
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 5 maraschino cherries, sliced in half
  • 2 to 2 1/2 Tbsp marshmallow fluff

These delicious ingredients can make a super easy, super delicious mug cake - you won't believe it's only 7 SmartPoints!

Mix together the boxes of cake mix. (I then distribute the leftover mix in 3 Tbsp portions in plastic baggies for convenience sake.)

In a little bowl (like a little ramekin), mix 3 Tbsp of prepared cake mix with 2 Tbsp of water using a fork. Make sure to scrap the bottom to get up any missed powder.

Pour half to two-thirds of the batter into a mug. Add half of the sliced cherries. Microwave for 15 seconds to set a little.

This delicious Ooey Gooey Black Forest Mug Cake is a decadent treat for Valentines - and only 7 SmartPoints!

Cover (as best you can) the half-cooked cake with marshmallow fluff. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Cover the fluff with the rest of the cake batter and the rest of the cherries. If you want to make sure the cherries show on the top, microwave for thirty seconds before adding the cherries. Though be cautioned, the marshmallow will not be entirely contained and does seem to have a habit of creeping up to the top and may a) make you microwave the cake for longer in total and b) disrupt the cherries. If you didn’t care about the cherries being seen, jump straight to microwaving 45 seconds.

If the cake does not seem entirely cooked, keep microwaving for 15 second intervals.

Ooey Gooey Marshmallow Black Forest Weight Watchers Valentine's Day Mug Cakes

The cake is so good! It comes out ooey gooey from the marshmallow and the chocolate cherry taste is to die for. Plus 7 SmartPoints for a delicious chocolate cake is well worth it, especially when most commercial cakes clock 16-25 points usually. Even a Joe Louis (a chocolate marshmallow snack cake, like a Moon Pie for any American readers) will run you 12 SmartPoints. This cake is just proof that you can have quite a decadent chocolate cake (and eat it, too!) on Weight Watchers.

Confetti Pink Velvet Cinnamon Hearts Mug Cake

Confetti Pink Velvet Cinnamon Hearts Mug Cake

Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 3 for the cake + 0 for the sprinkles + 2 for the candies

 

You will need:

  • 1 box of angel food cake mix (the kind that only needs water)
  • 1 box of pink velvet cake mix (or a rich vanilla cake and some food dye if you can’t find this)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 Tbsp sprinkles – I used little heart-shaped sprinkles in Valentine’s Day colours
  • 30 cinnamon heart candies
These ingredients combine to create a light and fluffy Pink Velvet Cinnamon Hearts Mug Cake, perfect for Valentine's Day!
Despite showing all these company names, I swear I’m not being sponsored for this post. I have no affiliation to any of these companies at this time.

Mix together the boxes of cake mix. (I then distribute the leftover mix in 3 Tbsp portions in plastic baggies for convenience sake.)

In a mug, mix 3 Tbsp of the prepared cake mix and 2 Tbsp water. Make sure to scrape the bottom to make sure none of the powder gets missed. Add sprinkles and mix into the batter.

Microwave 30 seconds. Add cinnamon heart candies on top of cake. Microwave another 30 seconds. If not completely done, keep microwaving in 15 second intervals.

Confetti Pink Velvet Cinnamon Hearts Weight Watchers Valentine's Day Mug Cakes

This cake is so easy, so pretty, and so yummy! Any sweetheart would love eating this sweet little cake, especially for only 5 SmartPoints!

I originally tried just mixing the cinnamon hearts into the batter, but a lot of them melted (which did add fun little pops of cinnamon, to be fair) and others sank to the bottom. You could totally fill the bottom of the mug with the cinnamon heart candies, cook for 1 minute and then use a spoon to loosen the edges of the cake so you can slide it onto a cake. I do really like being able to eat these cakes out of adorable Valentines-themed mugs, but to each their own.

Confetti Pink Velvet Valentine's Day Mug Cake

I’ve also heard of other versions of the 3-2-1 Mug Cake, like sticking a little chocolate in the middle to create a molten lava cake. It’s worth experimenting (although that’s how I ate over 10 points of these cakes in one day!).

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

3-2-1 Weight Watchers Valentine's Day Mug Cakes

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