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5 Easy microwave mug cake recipes to try at home

Jazz up your Instagram feed with these delicious mug cakes

23 Apr, 2020 by Gargi Bisht

Jazz up your Instagram feed with these delicious mug cakes

Just when you thought baking desserts couldn’t get any easier, enter mug cakes. The reason that the new trend of making mug cakes is so ‘in’ right now is because they're delicious and quick to make. The best part about these tiny cakes is that they require minimal effort since you just need to mix a few ingredients in a cup and pop them in the microwave, plus they also look cute in your Instagram feed so that’s a win-win, right?

So, on those days when your sweet tooth starts acting up but you just don't want the hassle of baking a full-sized cake, try these easy and super fun mug cake recipes to curb your dessert cravings.


1. Mug Sponge Cake


  • 1/4 cup melted butter (50 g)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)
  • 1/2 cup flour (50 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Mix all the ingredients well and pour the batter into a microwave-proof mug (or ramekin) greased with butter/oil
  • Cover with plastic wrap poked with breathing holes, and microwave for 50-60 seconds.
  • Once done, take it out carefully and let it cool a bit. Top it up with some fresh fruits or whipped cream and enjoy.


2. Banana Mug Cake


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ripe banana- mashed
  • dash of milk


  • In a mug, mix your dry ingredients together.
  • Stir in your milk, butter, banana, and egg.
  • Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until set.
  • Serve immediately.


3. Honey Mug Cake


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt


  • Place the butter in a mug and microwave until melted (approx. 10 to 20 seconds).
  • Add the egg, honey, and vanilla to the mug and beat with a fork until combined.
  • Add the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt and beat again until smooth.
  • Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes or until set. Let it cool.
  • Garnish with whipped cream (optional) and drizzle with honey before serving.


4. Blueberry Mug Cake


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 10 -15 blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons toned milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large mug combine all the cake ingredients, except the blueberries and whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in the blueberries.
  • Cook in microwave for 2 minutes or until set.
  • Serve immediately.


5. Chocolate Mug Cake


  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth.
  • Microwave for 1 ½ to 3 minutes (or until set). Take out carefully and let it cool.
  • Once cool, top with melted chocolate, if desired.



1. How do you know when a mug cake is done?
A: Once your cake is done baking, it should look slightly wet in the center. Test by gently touching the top with your finger, if it sticks slightly, it's done. If not, you've microwaved it a bit too long.

2. Can you reheat a mug cake?
A: You can reheat leftover mug cake in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to warm it up. But be careful and don't overcook it.

3. How to make whipped cream at home for garnishing?
A: Chill a medium-sized bowl in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. Combine some heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in the chilled bowl. Beat them together with an electric mixer on high speed until the cream is thick and stiff peaks form.

Written By

Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.

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