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6+ Easy Mug Cake Recipes

on January 30, 2023
last updated September 5, 2023
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My favorite quick & easy single-serve microwaveable mug cake recipes, including this moist & delicious Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake!
Easy mug cake recipes including this vegan vanilla mug cake

Craving a sweet fix fast but don’t want all the hassle and cleanup? Mug cake recipes are your answer!

So, what is a mug cake anyway? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds—a cake that is both cooked and served in a mug. And the best part? It’s made in the microwave and can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes!

Here’s my list of the best mug cake recipes, from a super chocolatey brownie to classic vanilla and fluffy carrot cake. Whatever you are craving, you can have it in a jiff!

Green Tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

As an environmental scientist, I’m always looking for ways to reduce my contribution to food waste, and single-serving desserts are a great place to start!

1. Five-Minute Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake
This light and airy Chocolate Chip Mug Cake is the quickest & easiest way to satisfy your chocolate craving with delicious flavor & melty chocolate chips. Five minutes from start to finish!
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2. Five-Minute Carrot Mug Cake

Carrot Mug Cake with forkful taken out and sitting next to it
This light and airy Carrot Mug Cake is the quickest way to satisfy your sweet tooth with real carrots and a touch of cinnamon. Five minutes from start to finish!
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3. Ninety-Second Chocolate Oreo Mug Cake

chocolate oreo mug cake recipe card image
In need of a quick fix to curb that chocolate craving? This Chocolate Oreo Mug Cake is the quickest and easiest way to satisfy your sweet tooth!
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4. Five-Minute Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake

Taking a spoonful of Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake
This quick and easy single-serving Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake is moist & delicious, with very minimal prep time and cleanup!
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5. Five-Minute Fudgy Vegan Mug Brownie

vegan mug brownie with flaky sea salt
This vegan mug brownie is a dream come true. Fudgy and delicious, requires only a mug, six ingredients, and a microwave and is ready in just under 5 minutes.
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6. Five-Minute Banana Bread in a Mug

Banana Bread in a Mug topped with sliced banana and whipped cream
This Banana Bread in a Mug is the perfect single-serve treat, with moist texture, plenty of fruity flavor, and aromatic cinnamon to tickle your taste buds in just 5 minutes!
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I hope this list of Mug Cake Recipes helps you curb your dessert craving! If you’re still not sure where to start, I included this Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake, which is super moist, delicious, easy to make and requires minimal cleanup.

Taking a spoonful of Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake

6+ Easy Mug Cake Recipes, including Vanilla Mug Cake

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Marley Goldin
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All of my favorite quick & easy single-serve microwaveable mug cake recipes, including this moist & delicious Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving


  • 8 or 10 ounce Mug


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablepsoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil (coconut in liquid form, vegetable or canola)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • To a standard 8- or 10- ounce mug, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a fork to combine, ensuring there are no lumps.
    Dry ingredients for vegan vanilla cake in a mug
  • Next, add the oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Use the fork again to mix, ensuring you scrape off any dry ingredients that may have gotten stuck to the sides. You should have a thin, smooth batter, almost like pancake batter!
    Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake batter ready for the microwave
  • Microwave on high for 90-seconds, then allow the vegan vanilla mug cake to sit in the microwave for an additional 1 minute. If the center still seems too undercooked, you can microwave it for an additional 10-15 seconds. Enjoy!
    Just cooked Vanilla Mug Cake

Pro Tips

  • If you wish to make this mug cake in the oven rather than the microwave, make sure to use a microwave-safe mug. Place it on a baking sheet and bake it at 350°F on the top rack for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Microwave Cake, Mug Cake, Vanilla Mug Cake, Vegan Mug Cake
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