How to Make Mug Cakes (aka The Easiest Dessert EVER!)

posted: 02/02/16
by: TLCme
mug cakes

There's a reason I don't bake much cake, that being I end up eating half of it myself. On the couch. Watching TV. At midnight. So, it's a danger zone for me. I don't even go there. Instead, when the urge for something sweet, chocolatey and warm comes along, I make mug cakes.

Cake that's microwaved in a coffee mug - it just takes 3-5 minutes (depends on the size of your mug) and gives me a single-serving indulgence that won't ruin my diet. Plus, they are fun to make! We've already covered savory mug meal recipes, but these delicious desserts take things to a whole new level. There are plenty of recipes to choose from, but this simple Nutella mug cake is a perfect place to start:

Ingredients (makes 2):

  • 1 large egg
  • 10 tablespoons Nutella (5 tablespoons per mug)
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour (2 tablespoons per mug)
  • Garnish: powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Whisk 1 large egg in a bowl and split evenly into 2 microwave safe 12-ounce mugs.
  2. Add 5 tablespoons of Nutella to each mug.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to each mug. Mix with whisk until batter is smooth, note that it will be very thick.
  4. Microwave each mug separately for 1 minute. Let it cool and set for about 15 minutes to allow it to develop a chewy texture. Top with powdered sugar.

Watch the video to see just how easy it is -- and get the gluten-free version, too!

And there are plenty of options for those with alternative diets! Kitchen Treaty has a tasty vegan peanut butter mug cake.

And no matter your dessert preferences, there's something for everyone and for every skill level. Averie Cooks came up with this delicious strawberry-vanilla mug cake with a vanilla buttercream glaze.

Love Swah took things to the next level by combining delicious banana mug cake with coffee ice cream. Without the ice cream, it could even double as a breakfast!

And if you don't have time to make real s'more, Kirbie Cravings discovered the perfect way to get the flavors in a single-serving cup.