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25 Best Mug Cake Recipes for a Fast Treat

These single-serving mug cake recipes are great for satisfying your sweet tooth without undoing your entire diet.

Plus, they come together in a flash, so you can get your fix fast!

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Name your favorite cake, and there’s likely a mug cake to match.

From chocolate lava and spiced carrot cake to Oreo and even birthday cake, you’ll find it all right here.

And all you need is a handful of ingredients, a microwave-safe mug, and a microwave.

So if you’ve got a late-night craving, try these mug cake recipes. They won’t let you down.

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1. Chocolate Lava Mug Cake 

This chocolate lava mug cake is a chocolate lover’s dream.

It’s warm, gooey, and has a sweet surprise on the inside. Spoiler alert: it’s melted chocolate!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it to your liking.

So, you can add just about anything for the gooey chocolate center. Chocolate works great, but why not try mini candy bars or peanut butter cups? 

2. Vanilla Mug Cake 

Try this simple recipe if you can’t wait until your birthday rolls around to get your cake fix,

This vanilla mug cake captures the essence of everyone’s favorite celebratory cake in one modest serving. 

So, while the vanilla cake is simple, it earns a bright and colorful punch from funfetti sprinkles.

It’s easy to throw together and benefits from a heaping pile of whipped cream on top (plus even more sprinkles!). 

3. Mug Coffee Cake 

This mug cake recipe requires two coffee mugs: one for the cake and one for your morning cup of Joe. 

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It infuses rich coffee-cake flavors from brown sugar and cinnamon, and a quick trip in the microwaves makes it so warm and tender. 

Make it lower in calories by using low-fat Greek yogurt and almond milk. 

4. Snickerdoodle Mug Cake 

Snickerdoodles are always best right out of the oven. They’re tender, cinnamon-infused, and wonderfully sweet.

Luckily, this mug cake captures all of that goodness and more!

With a warm cakey center and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar, this mug cake is pretty addictive. 

Better yet, it only calls for pantry staples, so there’s no need for a run to the store.

Just mix sugar and cinnamon with flour and butter, and you’ll have a dreamy mug cake in no time.

5. Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake 

Baking cakes in the microwave seems odd, but this oh-so-chocolatey treat proves it works.

And not only does it work, it creates the moistest cake you’ll ever try.

You’ll achieve the fluffy consistency by skipping the eggs. They often make mug cakes rubbery, and they’re really not needed in such a small batter.

Instead, self-rising flour delivers some lift and an impossibly fluffy and warm center that’s a little fudge-like on the outside.

Add a scoop of ice cream to the top for the perfect quick dessert.

6. Oreo Mug Cake 

Need an impossibly simple mug cake that even kids can master? Try this insanely tasty Oreo recipe.

Believe it or not, you only need Oreos and milk for this one.

And while regular milk or almond milk works well enough, swapping it out for evaporated milk makes it more gooey and rich. 

It’s like eating an entire mug of Oreos soaked in milk! Wow is an understatement.

7. Chocolate Chip Mug Cake 

Is there anything better than a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven?

How about a chocolate chip mug cake with all the same incredible flavor, but a fraction of the prep-work?

It earns a chewy texture from the brown sugar, and melty chocolate chips deliver just the right amount of gooey goodness. 

Customize it with different kinds of chocolate, peanut butter chips, or nuts.

8. Peanut Butter Cookie Mug Cake 

Instead of satisfying your late-night sweet tooth with a scoop of peanut butter from the jar, give this recipe a whirl.

With just a few extras, you can transform simple nut butter into a warm and moist peanut butter cake

It’s simple to assemble and is sure to make you swoon. 

The brown sugar makes this cake impossibly chewy and decedent, and it only takes four minutes to come together. 

9. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake 

Fresh cinnamon rolls are amazing on a cold Sunday morning. But let’s be honest, they take a lot of effort to make from scratch.

So, if you want that soft, fluffy, spiced treat without the hours of prep work, try this cinnamon roll mug cake.

You’ll use pancake mix to achieve a super spongy and moist texture. To that, you’ll add maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

For added flair, garnish the top with a swirl of cinnamon and a sweet cream cheese glaze. Yum!

10. Red Velvet Mug Cake 

It’s lightly chocolatey, deliciously creamy, and has a touch of tang – just like a real red velvet cake! 

A small splash of white vinegar provides that signature flavor. And you’ll use plenty of white chocolate chips for sweetness. 

For a creamy surprise, cover your cake with a spoonful of cream cheese frosting. It takes this one over the edge.

11. Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Mug Cake 

Not only does this cake taste just like banana bread, but it also fills your kitchen with fall-like aromas. 

Better yet, it’s lower in calories than many other cakes on this list.

That’s because it uses bananas for texture and moisture and whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose. 

Between the sweet fruit, honey, cinnamon, and chocolate chips, this is one insanely addictive snack. 

12. Carrot Mug Cake 

Yes, you can even make carrot cake in your microwave!

And while the recipe for this cake is long, it’s well worth it for a single-serving treat. 

It incorporates shredded carrots, walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla and bakes up deliciously moist in the microwave. 

Top with a quick cream cheese frosting (because carrot cake isn’t complete without frosting), and dig in. 

13. Pumpkin Mug Cake 

Who’s to say you can’t have pumpkin pie year round? It’s rich, flavorful, and oh-so-scrumptious.

That goes for all pumpkin desserts and treats – and double for this insanely delish pumpkin mug cake.

It infuses rich spices with vanilla cake mix and pumpkin pie puree.

Easy peasy!

14. Peppermint Chocolate Mug Cake 

Peppermint and chocolate are the ultimate Christmas pairing. But you don’t have to wait until your next holiday party to indulge!

This chocolate batter is loaded with chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies for the ultimate mint-choc kick. 

This also makes a great gift!

Just measure out and bag the ingredients, print out cooking instructions, and pop it all in a cute mug.

Trust me, it’ll be a hit with everyone.

15. Mocha Mug Cake 

Is there anything better than sitting down to coffee and a cake? The Swedes love it so much, they have a name for it: fika.

But how about combining the two and making a coffee-infused cake? It tastes like rich mocha, and becomes fluffy and deliciously in the microwave. 

Use instant coffee to deliver massive coffee flavors. Then, tame the bitter taste with plenty of chocolate. 

Serve this with a big latte and enjoy the perfect fika at home.

16. Mug Sponge Cake 

Who says that mug cakes can’t be pretty? 

This super simple sponge cake is light and delicate and ready for any garden party. 

It isn’t overly sweet, and the simple garnish of whipped cream and fresh berries is perfection.

Make it in a pretty mug and it’s picture-perfect.

17. Honey Mug Cake 

If you can find real honey (not the runny, sugary stuff in squeeze bottles) you’ll know how incredible the flavor can be.

It’s so good, in fact, that this cake needs nothing else to flavor it.

With very few ingredients, the flavor of honey shines through in this simple cake recipe

Top it with whipped cream and a drizzle of more honey, and you’ll soon fall in love.

18. Strawberry Mug Cake 

Are you looking for something light and sweet?

This strawberry mug cake tastes like a mini strawberry shortcake. So it’s delicately sweet and jam-packed with juicy strawberry flavors. 

With diced strawberries in the batter, it’s light, airy, and loaded with natural sweetness.

For even more fresh flavors, garnish with whipped cream and more strawberries. 

19. S’mores Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake 

You don’t need a roaring campfire to indulge in marshmallowy s’mores! 

This simple recipe makes a gooey and delicious microwave cake. And it’s full of Graham Crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows for the best flavor. 

If you prefer to toast the marshmallows (because toasted marshmallows are just better!), bust out the chef torch and get to work!

20. Coconut Mug Cake

Tender coconut cake with light whipped cream and toasted coconut? Sign me up!

This cake is super rich and flavorful, thanks to the coconut extract.

Make it even more coconutty with whipped coconut cream and you’ll be left dreaming of the tropics!

21. Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake 

If only you could smell this recipe.

It’s rich in fall flavors, includes plenty of apples and cinnamon, and comes out of the microwave buttery and moist in minutes. 

The apples offer a tart bite as well as a ton of moisture. So this is anything but dry.

It’s fudgy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, and captures everything you adore about autumn in your favorite coffee mug. 

22. Blueberry Mug Cake 

A blueberry muffin in a coffee mug? Yes, please!

This delightfully moist blueberry mug cake has a moist and decedent texture – similar to a muffin top without the dry bottom. 

It incorporates fresh blueberries right into the batter. They burst with juicy goodness in every bite.

Feel free to add a little lemon zest. Or, better yet, a simple glaze using lemon juice and powdered sugar.

23. Gooey Vanilla Peach Mug Cake 

Craving peach cobbler but don’t want a whole casserole dish worth? You can’t beat this peach mug cake! 

It’s sinfully moist and packed to the brim with rich flavors of peaches, vanilla, cinnamon, and fresh oats. 

It’s like all of the best parts of a peach cobbler in a single serving of yum. And it’s ready in a matter of minutes. 

24. Keto Blueberry Mug Cake

If you’re in the middle of a keto diet, chances are you’ve cut out all the good stuff.

I’m talking chocolate, cakes, cookies, and more!

But what if I told you this cake is 100% keto-approved and 200% delicious?

Are you tempted? I know I am!

25. Black Forest Mug Cake 

Black forest cake is always a show stopper. With its rich flavors and impressive presentation, you’ll never go wrong with this yummy cake.

And even fresh out of the microwave, this cake is just as stunning as its bigger sibling. 

The batter combines rich chocolate with cherry liquor for a punch of sinful cherry flavors.

Top it with a dollop of whipped cream, fresh cherries, and some chocolate shavings. Delish!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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