Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  97
  • Protein  1 g
  • Carbohydrates  21 g
  • Fat  1 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  163 mg
  • Potassium  17 mg
  • Phosphorus  80 mg
  • Calcium  21 mg
  • Fiber  0 g

3-2-1 Cupcakes

Now you can make a single cupcake and it's as esay as 1-2-3! That's because DaVita renal dietitian Mary A. from California shares her 3-2-1 Cupcakes recipe and the easy instructions: 3 tablespoons cake mix, 2 tablespoons water and 1 minute in the microwave.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Mary A. from California.

Portions: 33     Serving size: 1 cupcake


  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons water* 
  • nonstick cooking spray


  1. In a large plastic bag with a zip lock, pour in angel food cake mix and lemon (or other flavor) cake mix.  With the plastic bag sealed, mix the two dry cake mixes together. Use mix to make a single cupcake or a whole batch by following steps 2 through 6.
  2. Spray a small custard dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Measure 3 tablespoons of the dry cake mix and place into a greased custard dish.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix with a small fork.
  5. Place in the microwave and cook on high for one minute.
  6. Slip cupcake out of the custard dish. Cool one minute before enjoying.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • *Add 2 tablespoons water for each cupcake.
  • If desired, may frost with cool whip or a glaze after cupcake is completely cooled.
  • One of the cake mixes must be angel food cake. Strawberry cake mix can be substituted for lemon.
  • Store dry cake mix in an air-tight container.
  • The name 3-2-1 Cupcake indicates 3 tablespoons cake mix, 2 tablespoons water and 1 minute in the microwave.
  • The baking powder in cake mix adds to sodium and phosphorus content. If you take phosphate binders to help control phosphorus, ask your dietitian if you need to take a binder with a cupcake snack.

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3-2-1 Cupcakes

loriest says:


Directions for the full amount of mix not just one cupcake

Oct. 29, 2014, 1:25 PM - Inappropriate review?

3-2-1 Cupcakes

sandra1295 says:


It is easy to make and taste wonderful. I used strawberry with the angle food cake mix is this OK?

Oct. 17, 2014, 12:32 PM - Inappropriate review?

3-2-1 Cupcakes

lindy66 says:


Very good. Can I use any other flavor besides lemon cake mix?

Sep. 23, 2014, 11:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

3-2-1 Cupcakes

jesusnbach says:


At what level of carbs is a recipe not considered diabetic friendly? Dietitian comment: For a dessert, around 30 grams carbohydrate or 2 Carbohydrate Choices. Your own individual carbohydrate goals will determine if the portion should be higher or lower.

Nov. 05, 2013, 7:34 PM - Inappropriate review?

3-2-1 Cupcakes

lorrie30 says:


These are the best!!!! My Dad loves them and I even have the rest of the family eating them also. Great snack!!!

Apr. 01, 2013, 12:08 PM - Inappropriate review?

3-2-1 Cupcakes

robchad says:


3-2-1 YUM-YUM Served with berries, delish!

Mar. 01, 2013, 11:26 AM - Inappropriate review?

3-2-1 Cupcakes

cindylouvann says:


These are great made them before

Sep. 13, 2012, 9:30 AM - Inappropriate review?

3-2-1 Cupcakes

toastyterri says:


How would you cook these in the oven. How much water would I need to do this

Sep. 12, 2012, 10:32 AM - Inappropriate review?

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