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Mug Cake Recipes

Updated on March 18, 2013
A trio of delicious mug cakes.
A trio of delicious mug cakes. | Source

Mug Cake-The Perfect Dessert For One

Picture it. There you are sitting, minding your own business, watching TV, when all of the sudden it happens. The snack attack. You wander around your kitchen looking for something that will appease the snack attack monster. Nothing you see will do.

You could bake a cake, but, there is only you. Think of the waste. You'd end up throwing away half of it. Or even worse, you'd end up eating it all yourself and add those ugly pounds to your hips. What's a person to do.

The answer is simple. Make a mug cake. What's a mug cake? It's a cake you bake or microwave in a mug. It's the perfect size for someone who lives alone and just can't do without that snack. I takes a matter of minutes to put together and cook, especially when you use the microwave. Mug cakes give you the satisfaction of having a home baked snack without all of the waste or temptation of eating too much.

Make sure you add those little touches after the cake is cooked. You know what I mean, the whipped cream, the sprinkles, maybe a strawberry or some chocolate chips. The sky's the limit. Make it your own.

Try this delicious pumpkin mug cake recipe.
Try this delicious pumpkin mug cake recipe. | Source

Ginger Spice Latte Mug Cake


2 tbsp strong brewed coffee

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp molasses

4 1/2 tsp sugar

1 egg

3 tbsp oil

3 tbsp fat free milk

5 1/2 tbsp flour

1/8 tsp baking powder


Combine all ingredients into over-sized mug.

Stir with a small whisk or fork until batter is smooth.

Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

If cake is not done, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

Serve while warm. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Serves 1.

Pineapple Upside Down Mug Cake


1/3 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp of sugar

1 tbsp shredded coconut

4 oz can of crushed pineapple

2 1/2 tbsp shortening

1 egg

3 tbsp milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbsp melted butter

1 tbsp brown sugar

4 maraschino cherries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients.

Mix in shortening.

Add egg, milk, and vanilla mixing well.

Transfer mixture into a 12 oz or larger mug.

Sprinkle melted butter and brown sugar over bottom of mug.

Place the cherries and the drained pineapple on top of butter and brown sugar.

Pour the cake batter into mug over pineapple.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Serves 1.

Caramel Mug Cake


4 tbsp flour

4 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten

3 tbsp low fat milk

1 tbsp canola oil

2 caramels


Into a small bowl mix together: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and canola oil.

Pour mixture into a 12 oz or larger mug.

Drop caramels into center of mixture one at a time.

Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds.

If cake is still gooey, microwave on high for up to an additional 30 seconds.

Serves 1.

Mug cakes - the perfect size for just one.
Mug cakes - the perfect size for just one. | Source

Which Mug Cake would you most likely try?

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      moonlake, they are sooo good. It's a great dessert with no waste.

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      5 years ago from America

      They all look delicious and what a great way to give a gift to someone for their birthday. Voted up.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      pstraubie48, you'll love them. Thanks for the angels.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      O my ....this is totally awesome. And I am sitting in my living room at eight fifteen and I do not have any ingredients to make one of these. this is such a great idea...I will be giving this a try soon.

      thanks for sharing.

      angels are on the way :) ps

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      vespawoolf, the chocolate mug cake is indeed delicious. I love the ease and convenience of mug cakes.

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This Hub caught my eye because just yesterday, a friend made a quick mug cake for us. It was chocolate and such a nice treat! Right now, I think I'd go for the ginger spice latte mug cake. I've marked this for future reference. Thank you!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Stacie L, there are many recipes to try. I'm sure you'll find a favorite.

      tirelesstraveler, who ever came up with this idea was a genius.

      Mommymay, it's worth a trip to the store to try these little cakes.

      Genna East, they great. So easy to make and so delicious.

      always exploring, it is a great idea.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ruchira, they are agreat was of having dessert without overdoing.

      The Dirt Farmer, I'll have to try "sex in a mug" it sounds interesting.

      randomcreative, you'll love them.

      Moon Daisy, the great thing about the mug cakes is everyone can have their favorite.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, thanks for commenting.

      scribenet, they are quite good. You'll like them.

      Eddy, enjoy them. I hope you try them.

      apimentel33, they are good for a quick satisfying snack.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RTalloni, I love them myself. They're so easy to make and the perfect serving size. Thanks for adding them to your Dessert board.

      drbj, they are a fun way to have a different dessert each night. I use my extra mugs the same way.

      mollymeadows, all of the cakes are great but the nutella, it's just so good.

      kaybear012, maybe you should write a hub about your mug cake recipe. It sounds interesting.

      Careermommy, they are so good. I wish I had known about this type of dessert when my girls were younger. They would have love it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can't believe you can bake a cake in a mug,Love the concept,,Thank's...

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I’ve never heard of mug cake before; this is a scrumptious looking delight. Thank you.

    • Mommymay profile image

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      These are so cute! I have to admit I only have 2 mugs!! I tink I will make a trip to but some just to tr making these!

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      This is amazing beyond belief. Totally sensible for keeping the cake moist and the waistline slim.

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      5 years ago

      Wow...what a novel idea! its like a cup cake only with a mug. I will try this soon!

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      Moon Daisy 

      5 years ago from London

      Ooh, the pumpkin spice recipe sounds like my ideal cake! Love all those ingredients. And the nutella one in the video sounds and looks pretty good too. My daughter will like that one. Thanks for sharing these, and thanks for sharing the hub Eiddwen. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a fun idea! I can't wait to give it a try sometime. All of these recipes sound delicious.

    • The Dirt Farmer profile image

      Jill Spencer 

      5 years ago from United States

      Glad to get these recipes! I've made the choc. mug cakes called "sex in a mug," & we really liked them. Thanks for sharing these.

    • Ruchira profile image


      5 years ago from United States

      wow...this is such a creative idea. I love it.

      Voted up as awesome!

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      5 years ago

      YUM! These look awesome! I'd love to try one someday! :)

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much KKG for this wonderful share.

      I vote up and save. Enjoy your day.


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      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mmm. I have tried mug cakes with varying success. I love the idea of speed and the convenience of just one temptation to over indulge! I will indulge in a few of these. Thanks!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome, and a simple recipe, thanks for sharing such a lovely idea.

    • Careermommy profile image

      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow, this is perfect for me. And, it's so easy to make. I will definitely try the carmel. Thanks for this creative recipe.

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      Kayla Hancock 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      love this! I literally just finished a mug cake I make daily with almond meal, cocoa powder, stevia and coconut oil. now I can mix it up with different cakes! =] Thanks!

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      Mary Strain 

      5 years ago from The Shire

      I love this -- so clever and easy! I am SO doing the Nutella cake!

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      What a wonderful idea, KK, a mug cake. Never thought of that before. Must hasten to buy a new mug and experiment. All my old mugs have pencils, pens and other oddities within. Will let you know how it turns out. Imagine? Who knew?

    • RTalloni profile image


      5 years ago from the short journey

      Once we discovered the mug desserts we were hooked. Thanks for this yum lineup! I like each one, but anything ginger will usually get my first vote. :) Pinned to my Ways w/ Food: Desserts board just now.


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