Quick And Easy Microwavable Mug Cake Recipes To Try

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Vanilla Funfetti Mug Cake

The classic vanilla cake is not to be underestimated. Throw some sprinkles into the mix and you’ve got a party! The addition of butter, egg yolk and vanilla extract results in a moist and flavourful cake that smells just like one that popped right out of an oven.

Recipe courtesy of Just So Tasty.

Ingredients (serves 1)

2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
2 tbsp white sugar
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tblsp sprinkles
(For Frosting)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2-3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp milk


  • Add butter to your mug and microwave until melted (about 30 seconds).
  • Whisk in the milk, vanilla extract, egg yolk and sugar with a fork.
  • Whisk in the flour and baking powder. Stir in sprinkles.
  • Microwave for 60-90 seconds on medium power. The top should look set when it’s done.
  • Cool for at least 1 minute. In the meantime, make your vanilla frosting by beating butter until smooth.
  • Whisk in the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the desired sweetness is reached. Then whisk in the milk.
  • Spread or pipe over the top of your cake.
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Vegan Fudgy Choco Mug Cake

This chocolate mug cake may be indulgent but it’s far from sinful as it’s made with 100% vegan ingredients! The healthy fats from the avocado and creaminess from the tahini work to create a fudgy consistency. The fact that flour isn’t required to make this cake also makes it a great one to try until we see flour back on the shelf.

Recipe courtesy of Fivesec Health.

Ingredients (serves 1)

4 tbsp mashed avocado
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
Peanut butter


  • Add the cacao powder and baking powder to a microwave safe mug. Whisk with a fork to combine.
  • Add rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Cook in the microwave on full heat for 2 minutes or until the surface looks somewhat dry (this mug cake should be very fudgy and will not be dry in the centre).
  • Top with peanut butter and cacao nibs.
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Lemon Mug Cake

When life gives you lemons, forget about lemonade – we’re all about making a lemon mug cake! This light and fluffy microwavable cake takes only a minute to make. The addition of freshly squeezed lemon juice in the batter makes it the perfect treat for those with more of a sour tooth.

Recipe courtesy of Kirbie’s Cravings.

Ingredients (serves 1)

4 tbsp all-purpose flour
¼ tsp baking powder
3 tbsp fat-free milk
2 ½ tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Lemon zest


  • Using a small whisk, mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, oil and lemon juice in a microwave safe mug until batter is smooth. Grate some fresh lemon zest on top of batter and whisk.
  • Cook in microwave for about 1 minute. The top of the  cake should be dry. Leave to cool before eating.
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Nutella Mug Cake

We’re sure you’ve got a jar of Nutella tucked away in your pantry (if not, how have you been surviving?!). This chocolate cake has a deliciously warm and oozy Nutella surprise in the centre. And if that isn’t chocolatey enough for you, the recipe recommends you add an extra dollop of the spread on top, just for good measure.

Recipe courtesy of Jessica Holmes via Sweetest Menu.

Ingredients (serves 1)

1/4 cup plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbspcaster sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 large egg yolk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp Nutella (plus extra for top)


  • In a mixing bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder. Stir together.
  • Then add the egg yolk, vegetable oil and milk. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the cake batter into a cup or mug (ensuring there is enough room for the cake to rise without overflowing).
  • Add the tablespoon of Nutella in the middle.
  • Microwave for about 80 seconds. Leave to cool for a minute or two.
  • Add a little extra Nutella on top.
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Carrot Cake Mug Cake

Is there anything more comforting than carrot cake? We don’t think so – we love the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and melted butter wafting in the room. Plus, with this recipe you’re adding dessert and healthy veg to your diet. If that’s not a balanced diet, we don’t know what is!

Recipe courtesy of Mildly Meandering.

Ingredients (serves 1)

¼ cup flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp carrots, shredded (extra for toppings)
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ cup milk
Whipped cream
Chopped pecans


  • In a small bowl (or straight in the mug), combine all ingredients and stir until there are no lumps.
  • Microwave for 1-1.5 minutes or until baked through.
  • Top with whipped cream, chopped pecans and shredded carrots (optional).
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Red Velvet Mug Cake

This über trendy number is sure to impress your Instagram followers – and they’ll never believe how easy it was to make! The recipe says the cream cheese frosting is “optional”, but we think it really elevates the cake. Here’s a link to epicurious’ Classic Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

Recipe courtesy of Leslie Bilderback via epicurious.

Ingredients (serves 2)

1 large egg
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp liquid red food colouring
3 tbsp buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup self-raising flour
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 tsp cider, white, white wine or rice vinegar


  • In a large mug, whisk together the egg and oil with a fork. Stir in the food colouring, buttermilk, vanilla and sugar.
  • Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt and vinegar. Beat the batter until smooth.
  • Divide the batter between two mugs. Microwave separately for 1.5 to 2.5 minutes each until risen and firm.
  • Top with cream cheese frosting or whipped cream (optional).
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Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

Not quite a cinnamon roll from Cinnabon, but desperate times, right? This will surely satisfy your sugar cravings and save you a trip to Olympic. Packed with cinnamon spice and everything nice, this mug cake makes a great afternoon snack and would pair well with a hot cup of Chai.

Recipe courtesy of Kim’s Cravings.

Ingredients (serves 1)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk + 1-2 tablespoons more, as needed)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut oil or melted butter
1 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Coat the inside of  a microwave mug with cooking spray and then mix together the flour, baking powder, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and oil (or butter) inside. Add 1-2 tablespoons more of milk, if needed. You want the batter to stay thick, but not dry.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the top of a knife to swirl cinnamon mix into the top of the batter.
  • Microwave on high for about 1 minute and 25 seconds.
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Blueberry Mug Cake

If your usual go-to breakfast is a blueberry muffin, you’re going to love this fruity mug cake. It’s a lot lighter than a muffin, but you still get those delicious gooey pockets of blueberry with every bite. If you prefer something more tart, you can easily sub the blueberries for raspberries.

Recipe courtesy of My Food Story.

Ingredients (serves 1)

2 tbsp butter, melted
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
7-8 blueberries


  • In a bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add baking powder and flour and whisk until combined. Mix in blueberries and pour into a microwave-proof mug (only fill it halfway because the cake rises quite a bit).
  • Microwave for approximately 1 minute on high, until cooked through.
  • Dust with sugar and top with more blueberries.
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Espresso Chocolate Mug cake

This one’s for the java junkies. Enjoy this special cuppa joe with a scoop of vanilla. It’s got a rich chocolate flavour and a caffeine kick that will give you the boost of energy you need to get through the rest of the day.

Recipe courtesy of table for two.

Ingredients (serves 1)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp instant espresso powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp granulated sugar (you can add 1 teaspoon more if you like it a bit sweeter)
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp mini chocolate chips


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  • Whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until all ingredients are combined and the batter has no clumps.
  • Pour the batter into a microwave-safe mug. You want enough head space for the cake to rise without pouring over.
  • Add mini chocolate chips in the middle of the batter. Just drop it in the middle and it will sink into the batter as it cooks.
  • Place a paper towel into the microwave and set the mug on top (this is to catch any batter if your mug cake overflows).
  • Microwave mug cake for about 70 seconds on high, or until dry on top.
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Flourless Keto Peanut Butter Mug Cake

If you’re trying to stick to your keto diet or simply can’t get your hands on flour (the struggle is real), this is the dessert for you. Rich with peanut butter and chock-full of chocolate chips, this mug cake is far from lacking in flavour.

Recipe courtesy of keto pots.

Ingredients (serves 1)

3 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener
¼ tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 tbsp sugar free chocolate chips or chopped sugar free chocolate


  • Place the peanut butter in a microwave-safe mug and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir well. Add the sweetener and mix to combine.
  • Add the egg and baking powder, and whisk until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Microwave on high for another 75-90 seconds or until just firm to touch.
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