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Red Velvet Mug Cake

Updated on April 10, 2015
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake

What is a Mug Cake?

A mug cake is a cake that you mix in a mug and “bake” in the microwave. It takes only a few minutes to enjoy any cake you crave for. The internet is now flooded with recipes for mug cakes.

My first try is the 3-ingredient Nutella Brownie in a mug and it has turned out good (I mean it did not spill over and good enough to eat). My success has encouraged me to try the red velvet mug cake.

Red Velvet Cake is a rich cocoa-flavored cake with a reddish color. It can either be dark red, red-brown, or bright red. It is usually prepared as a layer cake with cream cheese icing or buttercream.

I looked for the simplest red velvet mug cake recipe I could find in the internet, with ingredients that are available in my pantry.

Here’s a red velvet mug cake that I tried minus the frosting because I did not have the cream cheese.


  • 4 tbsp self-rising flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp bright red food coloring


  1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, milk, vegetable oil and egg. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Stir in the food coloring, then pour the red batter into a greased mug of at least 8 oz capacity.
  3. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, depending on the wattage of your microwave.
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Your cake will rise to the top of the mug. If it overflows and spills over, there is no need to worry. The worse that can happen is that you are going to do extra cleaning after your cake is done.

Let your cake cool for at least 15 minutes and enjoy. You may eat from the mug or you can transfer the cake to a plate and two people can enjoy this serving. Best served with cream cheese frosting.

The Red Batter
The Red Batter
Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Serves 2


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