Gingerbread Mug Cake


Microwaving results in an incredibly moist cake because you are steaming it to bake it through.

Gingerbread Mug Cake
Photo: Con Poulos
Total Time:
15 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

  • ½ 10.3 ounce loaf frozen gingerbread-flavored pound cake*

  • 3 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 recipe Bourbon Hard Sauce

  • 3 dark sweet cherries with stems (optional)


  1. Coat the inside of 3 6-ounce microwave-safe mugs with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Place cranberries and orange juice in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 30 seconds. Set aside.

  2. Cut cake into 2-inch pieces. Place cake in a food processor. Cover and process until crumbs form. Add butter, egg, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Cover and process until a batter forms. Stir batter into cranberry mixture.

  3. Spoon batter into mugs. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 2 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm topped with Bourbon Hard Sauce and cherries, if desired.


If you are not able to find the gingerbread-flavored pound cake substitute 1/2 of a 10.75-ounce loaf plain pound cake and add 1/8 teaspoon each ground ginger and ground cinnamon to the batter.

Bourbon Hard Sauce:

In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup butter, softened, 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon bourbon or vanilla. Stir until just combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

542 Calories
34g Fat
54g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 542
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 707mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3.1mg 16%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 53mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 10.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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