Quick and Easy Mug Cake Recipes That Anyone Can Make

Mug cakes are the perfect sweet treats to master when you want a one-serving dessert to satisfy your cravings, and thankfully, as their name suggests, they can even be made in a mug and baked in the microwave. Here are seven mug cake recipes, which prove this dessert is not only fuss-free, it’s also versatile. Pick your flavor of choice, pull out your favorite mug, and get started.

1. Chocolate Mug Cake

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Kicking things off with a classic, we’re highlighting this recipe from Table for Two for chocolate mug cake. Because everyone loves chocolate, and it’s hard to resist making this dessert when it only requires a handful of baking staples that you likely already have in your pantry. Serving one, this recipe yields a cake that cooks in the microwave for only one minute.


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut chocolate spread


See recipe directions at Table for Two

2. Single Serving Carrot Cake

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Another consumer favorite is carrot cake, and that’s why we’re bringing this recipe for single serving carrot cake from Heather’s French Press to the forefront. With this food formula, you get all the warm flavors of carrot cake cooked in a mug, and you won’t even have tempting leftovers. As long as you have carrots, cinnamon, and nutmeg, you’re good to go — simply zap your cake in the microwave for 90 seconds before topping with the recommended additions of yogurt and pecans.


  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 carrot grated

See recipe directions at Heather’s French Press

3. S’more Mug Cake

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For a special treat, make this recipe for s’more mug cake from Kirbie’s Cravings. When you make your s’mores in a mug cake, you avoid the sticky hands and cleanup, and you can limit yourself to a single sweet treat. Not much can beat an authentic summer s’more, but when a campfire is nowhere to be found, this mug cake certainly will do.


  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed graham crackers
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons fat free milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 to 3 small squares of milk chocolate
  • 1 large marshmallow
  • Optional: 6 to 7 mini marshmallows

See recipe directions at Kirbie’s Cravings

4. Funfetti Mug Cake

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Need some sprinkles in your life? Whip up this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that puts the fun in funfetti. While many bakers enlist funfetti cake mixes, this food formula is not only cake mix-free but also egg and dairy-free, making it off limits to no one. That means you need to grab your sprinkles and get going. This funfetti mug cake waits for no one.


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup almond or coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin or refined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons sprinkles

See recipe directions at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

5. Vanilla Bean Mug Cake

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And we can’t forget about the classic vanilla cake flavor so we’re highlighting this recipe from The Hungry Hedgehog for vanilla bean mug cake. For this recipe, not only will you make your cake in a mug, you’ll also whip up some frosting to top it, and the key ingredient is vanilla bean paste. This cake is decadent and rich and while it is worth waiting for, thanks to the microwave, you won’t have to.



  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1½ tablespoons sugar
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  • 1½ tablespoon room temperature cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

See recipe directions at The Hungry Hedgehog

6. Peanut Butter Mug Cake

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Peanut butter mug cake from Kitchen Treaty is next, and this dessert is not only ridiculously easy, it’s also vegan. Enlisting whole-wheat flour, peanut butter, almond milk, and maple syrup, this dessert errs on the healthy side of the spectrum in terms of tasty treats, and thanks to the recipe yielding just one serving in a mug, you won’t even have to worry about tempting leftovers.


  • 2 tablespoons white whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips or chocolate chunks for topping

See recipe directions at Kitchen Treaty

7. Red Velvet Mug Cake

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Last but not least, a red velvet mug cake featured on Epicurious. Locate your nearest red food coloring and get ready to sink your teeth into a single serving treat that will be decadent enough for even the sweetest of teeth. This recipe makes two mug cakes.


  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid red food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup self-rising flour
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cider, white, white wine, or rice vinegar

See recipe directions at Epicurious

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