A chocolate, a vanilla and a red velvet mug cake next to each other on a platter

Microwave Mug Cakes 3 Ways

Use a few pantry staples and your microwave for three easy, tasty cakes in five minutes.

Baking doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen. If you have five minutes and a few pantry staples, you can make satisfying and delicious cakes in any microwave-safe mug. Chocolate, vanilla, red velvet — the sky’s the limit when it comes to flavors.

1. Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4
Cost: $
Difficulty: Easy
You’ll Need: 4 large microwave-safe mugs

1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup high quality cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Toppings, like whipped cream, powdered sugar or chocolate sauce



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  1. Combine all ingredients and mix until just combined — do not over mix
  2. Divide between four mugs
  3. One at a time, microwave on high for 2 1/2-3 minutes, until cake rises above the mug
  4. Let cool for 2 minutes and garnish with desired toppings

Tip: Cakes can be made in mugs, cooled and then frozen for up to a month. Add toppings just before serving.

2. Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe
Follow the chocolate mug cake recipe, substituting seeds from half a vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract) for the cocoa. Cut the bean in half lengthwise, and then use a small sharp knife to scrape out the seeds. Garnish with twirls of lemon peel.

Tip: For a stronger lemon flavor, use 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest instead. Finish with a lemon glaze: heat 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice over low heat and stir until sugar melts. Brush over cakes while they’re still warm and let it soak in for 20-30 minutes before serving.

3. Red Velvet Mug Cake
Follow chocolate mug cake recipe, adding 1 tablespoon of red food coloring. Top with cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberry slices to complete.

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That is WAY too much oil in the recipe. I would have to adjust the recipe and use applesauce instead of oil.

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3-2-1 Cake. 3,TBSP cake mix, 2 TBSP water, 1 minute in the microwave. 1 weight watchers point. ��

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@Bervia - No, they do not need to be greased. But if you prefer, a little spray will do the trick!

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love this mug cake make it for special date nights

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Love the 'mug cake' idea. Sometimes I want a little something that's sweet, but don't want to buy or make a whole cake. With this recipe, I can satisfy my sweet tooth and freeze some for another time. Score!

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