3 Assorted Microwave Mug Cakes

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Here are three delightful easy desserts made in the microwave called mug cakes.

We chose to make coffee cake, Amaretto chocolate cake, and vanilla cake and all 3 are terrific plain or dressed up with fruits, whipped cream, ice cream, or just a dusting of powdered sugar.

It’s not very often I use my microwave for anything other than heating up leftovers but these mug cakes are truly a delicious alternative when you're craving for something sweet.

Amaretto Chocolate Mug Cake

Mug Cake Too Good To Be True

I won't lie and say these are better than any scratch-made cake, but in a pinch, they taste great and are doctored up with a few garnishes, they are really a treat!

Mug cakes are the perfect choice for kids at college and in a dorm with just a microwave, a quick easy homemade snack.

The microwave I have cooked right at one minute.

I have an 1100-watt microwave.

You will have to adjust the time if it's higher, I would stop a couple of seconds less.

vanilla strawberry shortcake mug cake

Mug Cake Ingredients to always keep on hand

  • canola oil or vegetable
  • flour
  • sugar
  • milk (or used canned evaporated milk)
  • salt
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon and nutmeg for coffee cakes
  • optional: chocolate chips

mug cake ingredients in a cup

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Assorted Mug Cake Recipes

Assorted Mug Cake Recipes

3 assorted mug cakes for a quick easy dessert made in the microwave
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 1 MinTotal time: 3 Min


  • Amaretto Chocolate Mug Cake
  • 4 tablespoons AP flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Serving Garnish:
  • Amaretto 1 shot more or less
  • drizzle with warmed hot fudge ice cream topping
  • whipped cream for garnishing
  • optional mini chocolate chips for garnishing
  • Vanilla Cake Mug Cake
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • Coffee Cake Mug Cake
  • 4 tablespoons AP flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon very strong brewed coffee


  1. Directions for Amaretto Mug Cake:
  2. Lightly spray a microwave-safe mug, and stir in the milk, extract, salt, oil, brown sugar, flour, cocoa, and baking powder with a fork or small whisk.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips into the batter.
  4. Microwave for about 1 minute depending on wattage up to 1 minute 10 seconds for over 1000 watt microwave. Cooking may vary.
  5. Adult Optional Garnish: with a shot of Amaretto first then ice cream or whipped topping and a little chocolate fudge sauce. You can also place this immediately onto a plate to serve or eat right from the mug.
  6. Directions for Vanilla Cake:
  7. Prepare a mug lightly oil spray and must be a microwave-safe mug.
  8. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, into the mug and blend.
  9. Stir in the milk, vanilla, and oil, and mix evenly.
  10. Put the mug in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until the cake is still springy in the middle to the touch.
  11. If it jiggles continue cooking in 4-second intervals each microwave wattage is different, start out with less time and add as needed.
  12. Note: allow to cool at least 4 minutes before eating, it's very hot!
  13. Serve with whipped cream and fresh fruit or eat as it is.
  14. Directions for Coffee Cake Mug Cake:
  15. Lightly oil spray a microwave-safe mug
  16. Whisk together. flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, into the mug.
  17. Stir in the milk, vanilla, and oil, and coffee, mix until evenly combined.
  18. Put the mug in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until the cake is still springy in the middle to the touch. If it jiggles continue cooking in 4 seconds intervals.
  19. Note: allow to cool for at least 4 minutes before eating, it's extremely hot.
  20. Dust with powdered sugar or make powdered sugar and water to make a thin icing glaze.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

18.26 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.65 g

Carbs (grams)

62.9 g

Fiber (grams)

2.49 g

Net carbs

60.41 g

Sugar (grams)

36.89 g

Protein (grams)

5.5 g

Sodium (milligrams)

168.2 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

6.67 mg

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  1. What a perfect way to make dessert for 1 or 2 people. I'll have to give this a try.

  2. How fun is this dessert, but also dangerous:) We'll have to try this one soon. Love your video and your mug!

    Have you been able to leave a comment on my blog?

  3. I'm loving the video! I've never made a mug cake...They look so easy.

    ps...I didn't see any bloopers! Great job.

  4. The peanut butter surprised me! Never combined it with amaretto. It looks so satisfying - could you Fed-Ex it to me?

    The video is grand!

  5. I never bake or make sweets because the portions are generally too large, but this perfect. Looks easy, delicious and no tempting leftovers.

  6. Oh, Claudia-your video is superb! Loved your step-by-step mug cake recipe. So genius, and easy, not to mention droolworthy. Love Amaretto Di Saronno! I would have enjoyed a little extra, as well:DDD
    Thanks for sharing, this yummy dessert. I'm sure I can enjoy a large spoonful of it, even with my WW diet!

  7. Look yum! I started making brownie in a mug last summer when it was to hot to bake-- my little boy and I love it. We'll be trying this 'mug' desert too.

    Following from the Thur Fave things hop.


  8. I think I am going to make this right now. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh wow - that looks really really good. I may have to try this out sometime.

    Happy Favorite Things Thursday.

  10. Yuuummmm... I love desserts for two and then I don't eat 6 because I hate to throw it away.

    looks so good.

  11. I love mug cakes - you put a delicious twist on it! I'm going to have to go make one. Love your video too!

  12. I'll definitely try this one Claudia, all I had to read was AMARETTO. ;o)

  13. I love this recipe! So cool that you have the cake out of the mug. Never really like the eating out of the mug, so it is great that you have plated it. Great flavors and I like the addition of the video series! Now I have a familiarity with your voice and showing is always better than the written word. Keep up the videos as well as the awesome food!

  14. I might have to give mug cake a second shot with this now!

  15. I love mug cakes, this looks fantastic! How could I resist amaretto chocolate anything? :)

  16. I looove amaretteo, but am a little skeptical about mixing it with peanut butter. I love peanut butter too, so it's worth a shot! (no pun intended)

  17. Oh yummy! This sounds amazing with the chocolate, pb & amaretto combo! Plus hot fudge topping, omg heaven! Sounds sooooo good.

  18. I like the video... well done! Great dessert.

  19. That looks fabulous! Easy and totally scrumptious.

  20. I love these flavors and that you can make a single serving! (Otherwise, this recipe might be dangerous!) :)

  21. Went to your youtube page after seeing this one... I love the videos!Great recipe Claudia. I made a peanut butter chocolate cake the other day. Peanut butter in the air?

  22. yumm and I loved the video. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop at Katherines Corner. Hugs and smooches and wishes for a wonderful weekend

  23. Wow! this would be a lovely dessert for a romantic dinner (just a thought).

    But Again this is a great dessert and the video is also amazing!

  24. I'm thrilled how you're having so much fun with all this...not too mention a great dessert to boot.
    Videos certainly kick it up a notch.
    By now, you know how much I love adding Amaretto in my recipes...so I guess I'll have to try your sweet treat very soon ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  25. I tried to make a mug cake once and it was a disaster! I am definitely wanting to try it again though your recipe looks great!

  26. These cakes are delightful, and loved the video :)


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