Before mug cakes came along, we would have said cake in 5 minutes was impossible. But with a coffee mug, a microwave, and a handful of cake ingredients, you can enjoy a warm, homemade cake in just minutes! No matter what time of year of it is, one of these recipes will surely satisfy your cravings for a cake in a cup.

By Andrea Beck
August 15, 2018

When you factor in all the time it takes to preheat your oven and bake a regular cake, a microwave mug cake definitely seems like the way to go. We’ll show you how to make a mug cake and share our favorite recipes for this simple, decadent dessert. Choose from our chocolate mug cake, gingerbread mug cake, and pumpkin spice latte mug cake recipes (or make all three!). Even if you’re short on time, you can still indulge in one of these microwave desserts in a mug.

1. Chocolate Mug Cake

Want to learn how to make a chocolate mug cake? You’ve come to the right place! Like any good chocolate cake recipe, this easy mug cake is rich, decadent, and utterly delicious. But unlike most regular chocolate cakes, this microwave chocolate cake has an indulgent surprise inside—a generous, gooey spoonful of chocolate-hazelnut spread. As your mug cake “bakes” in the microwave, the chocolate-hazelnut filling will get nice and melty in the center—much better than any frosting.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate-hazelnut spread

Step 1: In a bowl combine the dry ingredients. Add the milk and oil. Whisk together.

Step 2: Pour the batter into a 13- to 14-ounce microwave-safe mug. Spoon the chocolate-hazelnut spread onto the batter.

Step 3: Microwave the mug on 100% power (high) for 2 minutes. Remove and let stand for 1 minute. Enjoy!

2. Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cake

A coffee mug is a perfect way to sip on your pumpkin spice latte, and it’s also the best way to make this latte-inspired mug cake! This mug cake recipe uses pumpkin spice and a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin to bring autumn flavors to your mug, and a pinch of espresso powder to make it reminiscent of your favorite fall latte. Of course, any good latte or pumpkin recipe doesn’t skimp on the whipped cream, so before digging into this mouthwatering microwave mug cake, add a generous dollop along with a sprinkle of extra pumpkin spice.

3. Gingerbread Mug Cake

Mug cakes are always better when you have a friend or two to share them with! And we’re not talking about divvying up one mug cake—this holiday-inspired recipe makes three individual mug cakes, so you and two friends can each enjoy your own cake in a cup. This delicious gingerbread mug cake recipe was made for savoring in front of a fire on a chilly winter day. And if the dried cranberries in each cake aren’t enough for you, you can also make a creamy bourbon hard sauce to pour on, or top each cake with a dark cherry.

Comments (1)

October 31, 2019
The pumpkin Late mug cake ws not "done" after 3 minutes ass 30 more, still not Cake-ish. I think too much oil, and who tested this recipe?