8 Easy Microwave Mug Cake Recipes with Video Tutorials

9 minutes
May 31, 2022

Are you late to the mug cake party? What? There’s a party? Yes, and unlike the mason jar craze, you can join this one with just a few ingredients, a microwave, and equipment you already have in your house.

A dainty vanilla mug cake with a candle on top.

A mug cake is, as the name suggests, an individual-sized cake that you bake and serve in a mug. It’s a nifty variation on a cupcake, sure, but it’s also super-easy. It’s a fun thing you can whip up with the kids, even little kids. Just mix the ingredients together and zap for a minute or two in the microwave. It’s also a great way to satisfy a quick dessert craving without leaving a giant pan of temptation sitting around for days to come.

Mug cake recipes are simple but powerful. Many use just a few ingredients that you can tweak to fit an astounding number of dietary needs and preferences. You can make them vegan or gluten-free. There are diabetic-friendly mug cake recipes, low-carb mug cake recipes, and recipes that won’t break your Weight Watchers points bank. You can also find decadent, no-holds-barred mug cake recipes to satisfy your wildest dessert desires.

So grab your favorite mug, and let’s go!

But First…

First, in order to avoid overflow, never fill your mugs more than halfway. And if you want to avoid a mess, place the mug on a plate or paper towel in the microwave, too, just in case.

Second, every microwave is different, which means that cooking times may vary. If your cake isn’t done, continue to bake in 15-second increments until it is.

Additionally, always be careful taking your mug cakes out of the microwave. Some mug handles are designed to protect your hands from the heat. Others are not, and may be very, very hot.

And now, on with the fun.

Decadently Chocolate Mug Cakes

Do you like chocolate? Do you ever want just a taste? Then these rich, chocolate recipes might be just up your alley. Throw them together for a quick movie night dessert. Alternately, dress them up in your favorite microwave-safe teacup. These decadent chocolate mug cake recipes are sure to please your chocolate-loving crowd.

Nutella-Filled Chocolate Mug Cake

Julie Wampler at Table for Two wanted a mug cake that didn’t have the spongy texture that a lot of recipes produced. Through experimentation, she found that removing the eggs also removed the sponginess. But don’t worry. These are rich and scrumptious enough without them.

  • Cook time: 70 seconds
  • Servings: 4


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon milk
  • 8 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons of Nutella, peanut butter, or similar for the filling


  1. First, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Then, add the milk and oil and mix until smooth.
  3. Next, pour your batter into a microwave-safe mug. Many recipes suggest only filling a mug cake mug halfway.
  4. Then add your filling in the middle.
  5. Finally, microwave for 70 seconds on high.

Molten Chocolate Mug Cake

Molten chocolate cake is a restaurant staple and with good reason. It’s delicious! And now, you can make it in your microwave, in less than five minutes from start to finish. This recipe is adapted from Cleobuttera.com.

  • Cook time: 1 minute
  • Servings: 2


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce of chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. First, mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Next, add in the melted butter, milk, egg, and vanilla. Mix very well.
  3. Then pour the batter into your mugs.
  4. Next, place the chocolate pieces in the center of each mug.
  5. Then drizzle the water right on top of the batter in each mug
  6. Finally, cook in microwave on full power for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 minutes, or until the cake rises to the top. The edges should look set, but the center should still look slightly wet and shiny. Be aware that the cake will fall after you take it out of the microwave.
  7. For best results, let it cool for five minutes before serving.

Sophisticated Mug Cakes

Think tea party. No, not a kids’ tea party with plastic cups and saucers. More like a civilized tea with your best china. And in that china, some delectable unique-flavored mug cakes for your guests. Just make sure that if you do use your finest china, it doesn’t have metal trim, as your microwave will not be amused.

Cafe Style Carrot Mug Cake

You might think of carrot cake as heavy and rustic. It can be, but it can also be light, delicate, and lovely. This recipe is adapted from the delightful recipe at Mildly Meandering.

  • Cook time: 2 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk


  1. First, combine all ingredients in and stir until it’s well-mixed.
  2. Next, pour into your mugs. Remember to fill each cup only halfway.
  3. Then microwave for 1-1/2 minutes, or until fully baked.
  4. Finally, top with whipped cream, or if you’re really ambitious, cream cheese frosting.

Victorian Rose Mug Cake

This elegant recipe uses rose water to impart a delicate, light flavor. In the Victorian age, Britons brought rose water back from India, and it quickly became the rage. Today you can find rose water at many Middle Eastern and Indian grocery stores. You could also make your own. This recipe is adapted from a recipe at Sri’s Kitchen.

  • Cook time: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes
  • Servings: 2
rose-topped cupcakes in lacy cups
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  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • One pinch each of baking soda and salt


  1. First, mix the butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Then stir in the rose water, egg, and milk.
  3. Now add the flour and salt. Beat all ingredients until smooth.
  4. Then pour the batter into your mugs.
  5. Finally, microwave separately for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes. The cakes should be risen and firm.

A Vegan Mug Cake

Vegan recipes don’t use ingredients that come from animals. This includes milk, cream, butter, and eggs, of course. But many vegans also avoid honey and different kinds of processed sugar. Can you make a mug cake without these things? Can you make any sort of cake? The answer is yes. A vegan mug cake is not only delicious, but it’s easier than you might think. Here’s one recipe from Cooking With Plants.

Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Nuts are tasty and nutritious. A vegan diet often uses nuts as one of its main protein sources. Nuts and nut-derived products can also substitute for fat, sugar, and dairy in a vegan recipe. The complex, delicious flavors may surprise you. This recipe is adapted from the Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake recipe at KitchenTreaty.com.

  • Cook time: 1 minute to 1-1/2 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup flour (gluten-free flour works as well)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips or chocolate chunks for topping


  1. First, mix together all ingredients except the chocolate chips.
  2. Then, once the batter is smooth and well-combined, pour it into your mugs.
  3. Then, microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute. The cake should have risen and will spring back when you poke it.
  4. Finally, after you take it out of the microwave, top with the dairy-free chocolate chunks.

A Diabetic-Friendly Mug Cake Recipe

Diet is essential to managing diabetes. This often means saying goodbye to the lush, decadent desserts we all love so much. But it doesn’t have to. There are numerous diabetic-friendly mug cake recipes out there — and diabetics aren’t the only people who can benefit from watching sugar and starch. Here’s a tasty, high-protein, low-sugar, diabetic-friendly mug cake recipe adapted from Diabetes Strong that everyone can enjoy.

Chocolate Banana Bread Mug Cake

  • Cooking time: 1 minute
  • Servings: 2


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 6 tablespoons egg white
  • 1 scoop (14 grams) vanilla protein powder
  • 0.4 ounces oats
  • 0.4 ounces oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons Stevia
  • Cooking spray
  • 0.6 ounces chopped walnuts


  1. First, mash the banana. Mix in the egg whites.
  2. Next, add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Then, grease two mugs with cooking spray.
  4. Then pour the batter into the cups and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.
  5. Finally, microwave for 1 minute, or, until the cake has risen.

Here’s another no-sugar low-carb mug cake recipe you might enjoy.

A Weight Watcher’s Dream Mug Cake

Weight Watchers is one of the most popular weight loss programs today. In this program, many foods have “points,” and participants limit themselves to a certain number of points per day. Here’s a mug cake recipe adapted from Simply Nourished that will cost you a mere five Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints.

Prepare Ahead 3-2-1 Skinny Microwave Mug Cake

  • Cooking time: 1 minute
  • Servings: 31 (Yes, you read that right.)


  • One box of Angel Food cake mix
  • A second box of cake mix, your choice of flavors


Unless you’re cooking for a party, you’re probably not going to make 31 mug cakes in one go. Rather, you can store this mix and use it to make individual servings when the whim strikes. This is how you do it.

  1. First, coat your mug or mugs with cooking spray.
  2. Next, in each mug, mix together 3 tablespoons of cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water.
  3. Then, microwave for one minute.
  4. Finally, top with fresh, unsweetened fruit if desired.

Gluten-Free Mug Cake Options

If you or someone in your home is following a gluten-free diet, you might think cake is off the menu. It isn’t. In fact, your favorite gluten-free flour will work just fine in almost any mug cake recipe.

Get Mugged!

The mug cake is more than just another cutesy food trend. It’s fast and easy. It’s fun and tasty. And it’s oh-so-versatile. Which one will you try first? Do you have a favorite mug cake recipe? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


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