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7 Delicious Mug Cakes

There are few treats I enjoy more in life than a delicious dessert, but I don't always have time to whip up a complicated mixture. That's why I was delighted to discover that there are a whole load of delicious cake recipes you can make using just a mug, a microwave, a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time! These microwaveable mug cakes are so easy to create, and make for delicious desserts or snacks you can enjoy time and time again. Try them for yourself!
 
 
1. Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake

I am so glad I came across this incredibly simple recipe - it's perfect for a Friday night treat after a long week, or for treating the kids/grandkids when they have been well behaved! And best of all, it only needs three ingredients, a mug, a microwave and a couple of minutes to transport you to chocolate heaven!


Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake
Image & Recipe - babble.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (whether you use 1 or 2 depends on how chocolatey you want the cake to be)

Instructions:

  • Crack the egg open into a normal sized coffee mug.
  • Add the sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Use a small whisk to whip the ingredients until they are well mixed (if you don't have a whisk small enough, improvise with a spoon or fork).
  • Microwave on a standard setting for 50-60 seconds until the cake is thoroughly cooked. Ensure you don't overdo it and burn the cake.
  • Top as you wish with a dollop of ice cream, a squirt of cream or hot fudge. Finish with chocolate chips, chocolate buttons or pieces of fruit.
  • Enjoy your tasty treat!
 
2. Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake

This recipe takes 10 minutes to put together from start to finish, but it's time well spent (the icing is actually optional, and if you don't create your own, the cake will take less than 5 minutes to make). The delicious combination of apple and cinnamon makes for a fantastic mug cake that's perfect for the fall season.

 
Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake
Image & recipe: thehungryhedgehog,com

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of apple sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Ingredients for the icing:

  • 1 tablespoon of room-temperature cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of milk

Instructions:

  • Prepare the icing first, by whisking the ingredients with a fork until they have a smooth combined texture. Set the mixture aside.
  • Take a medium sized mug and add the dry ingredients for the main cake. Make sure you mix them together well.
  • Add the apple sauce and fold into the dry mixture to create a thick, sticky base.
  • Add vegetable oil, milk and vanilla. Stir them in until the mixture is wet, then stop. It's important not to over-mix.
  • Microwave on a high setting for around 45 seconds.
  • Top with your icing and enjoy. If you don't make the icing yourself, add whipped cream.
 
3. Banana Mug Cake with Coffee Ice Cream

This delicious mug cake uses two ingredients that can provide an energy boost, so it's great at breakfast time, or for a mid-afternoon snack when you are starting to lag. It's a moist, dense and delicious treat that's well worth trying.


Banana Coffee Mug Cake
Image & Recipe - loveswah.com
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of butter (or flavorless oil)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 scoop of coffee ice cream to serve

Instructions:

  • Add the butter to a normal sized mug and microwave it for 10 seconds until it melts.
  • Remove the mug, add in the egg and milk and beat lightly with a fork to combine the ingredients.
  • Mash the banana, and add it to the mug mix. Continue stirring until thoroughly mixed.
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat to combine.
  • Microwave for 1 minute on a medium heat setting.
  • Check the pudding, when it's done it should have risen, while being slightly gooey and moist in the middle. If it's undercooked, keep microwaving it in 10 second intervals until it's ready.
  • Serve with a generous scoop of coffee ice cream and enjoy!
 
4. Strawberry Vanilla Mug Cake with Buttercream Glaze

This mouthwatering mug cake uses fresh, healthy strawberries to create a scrumptious dessert quickly and easily. It is sure to make your mouth water!

Strawberry Vanilla Mug Cake
Image & recipe: averiecooks.com

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 1 tablespoon of soft butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (use a whole teaspoon if you are a big vanilla fan)
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of diced strawberries, either halved or quartered

Ingredients for buttercream glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or 1/2 teaspoon if you are a big vanilla fan)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cream

Instructions:

  • Prepare the buttercream by combining all the ingredients (with the exception of the cream) in a small bowl.
  • Whisk thoroughly, while adding the cream until you achieve the desired consistency. Set the glaze aside.
  • Gently spray a large mug with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients except the strawberries and whisk together until smooth (you may find it easier to do this in a bowl, and add to the batter to the mug afterwards).
  • Gently fold the strawberries into the mixture.
  • Microwave on a medium heat for 75 seconds. Check if cooked. Microwave for another 10-15 seconds if it needs longer. Be aware that the cake will double in height so you need to ensure you have plenty of room in the mug.
  • Add the glaze to the mug so it permeates the mixture. Either eat directly from the mug or remove onto a small plate.
5. Carrot Cake in a Mug

Delicious, soft carrot cake is a favourite of mine, and you don't have to undertake a huge baking exercise to enjoy it. This recipe takes five minutes or so to prepare, so it's a great, quick and easy after-dinner treat.

Carrot cake in a mug
Image: octaviaandvicky.com/Recipe: spicytreats.net

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/8 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 tablespoon of nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons of buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons of finely grated carrot
  • 1 tablespoon of almonds or other desired nuts
  • 1 tablespoon of raisins

Instructions:

  • Add the sifted flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon to a small bowl or dish. Mix well with a whisk or fork.
  • In a separate dish, mix together the buttermilk, oil, vanilla and grated carrot. Mix using a spoon.
  • Add the flour mixture to the liquid ingredients.
  • Stir in the chopped almonds and raisins.
  • Pour the resulting batter into a large mug and microwave on high power for around 2 minutes. Check the mixture and microwave for another 30 seconds if it needs more time.
  • Leave it to stand for a minute before eating.
 
6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mug Cake

This recipe is sure to please the cookie monsters among us, and all you need is a handful of ingredients, a decent-sized mug, a microwave, and a few minutes of your time. Lovely!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Image & recipe: babble.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of softened butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips
  • 1 dollop of ice cream to serve

Instructions:

  • Crack the egg open into a medium sized mug.
  • Add the brown sugar, flour and butter.
  • Top with 3-4 tablespoons of chocolate chips.
  • Mix the cake thoroughly using a spoon.
  • Microwave for 1 and a half to  2 minutes on medium power, or until the centre of the cake has set.
  • Serve with a dollop of your favorite ice cream and enjoy!
 
7. Lime Coconut Mug Cake

Add some tropical taste to your 5 minute mug cake collection, with this wonderfully fruity cake that will appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth.

Lime Coconut Mug Cake
Image & recipe: kirbiecravings.com

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 2 and a half tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
  • 1/4 tablespoon of lime

Instructions:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a large mug, excluding the lime zest and coconut flakes.
  • Stir with a small whisk or fork until the mixture is smooth. Ensure that you mix in all the flour, it is prone to sticking to the side of the mug.
  • Lightly mix in the coconut flakes and lime zest.
  • Microwave for about 1 minute. The top of the cake should be dry and look finished. If it isn't, continue to microwave in 5 or 10 second intervals.
  • Sprinkle additional lime zest on top and it's ready for tasting.
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