Whether the craving for dessert suddenly strikes, you want to serve quick and individual desserts or you need a last-minute birthday surprise, mug cakes come together quickly and easily in the microwave. Mix the ingredients right in the mug for easy assembly and no prep clean up – just one cup and one spoon to wash when you're done indulging. Try an easy recipe to get the flavor just right, but don't be afraid to get creative with flavor combinations by adding additional ingredients like extracts, candies or instant coffee for a mocha mug cake. You can top with fudge, caramel or sprinkles.

Chocolate Mug Cake

Total Time: 15 minutes | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1 cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pecans, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large, microwave-safe mug, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix with a fork to combine well.

  2. Add the cream, oil and vanilla extract. Mix again to combine evenly, ensuring there are no pockets of dry mix.

  3. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.

  4. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

  5. Use a knife to test the center of the cake. If the knife does not come out clean, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

  6. Allow the cake to cool for at least two minutes.

Try using more cocoa powder and less all-purpose flour to increase the dense, chocolate flavor. Those who do not like dark chocolate should stick to one additional tablespoon of flour to the number of tablespoons of cocoa powder. For a deeper, more caramelized flavor, substitute brown sugar for the white sugar.

Vanilla Mug Cake

Total Time: 15 minutes | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1 cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large, microwave-safe mug, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix with a fork to combine well.

  2. Add the milk, oil and vanilla extract. Mix again to combine evenly, ensuring there are no pockets of dry mix.

  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

  4. Use a knife to test the center of the cake. If the knife does not come out clean, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

  5. Let the cake cool for at least two minutes.

Though all-purpose flour can be used, try using almond flour for a lighter, more airy texture.

Mug Cake With Cake Mix

Total Time: 15 minutes | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1 cake

Ingredients:

  • 7 tablespoons cake mix of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate-coated candy chocolates, chocolate chips, sprinkles or chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large, microwave-safe mug, add the cake mix and sugar. Mix with a fork to combine well.

  2. Add the milk. Mix again to combine evenly, ensuring there are no pockets of dry mix.

  3. Fold in the optional candies, chocolate chips, sprinkles or chopped nuts.

  4. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

  5. Use a knife to test the center of the cake. If the knife does not come out clean, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

  6. Let the cake cool for at least two minutes.

The beauty of making mug cake with cake mix is that there are very few ingredients needed for making the cake. You also have endless options for flavors, so try mixing up new combinations by adding your own flavors to the cake mix.

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Molly Harris

Molly is a freelance journalist and social media consultant. In addition to Leaf.tv, Molly has written for Teen Vogue and Paste magazine. She is the former assistant editor of the Design and Style section of Paste magazine. View her work at www.mmollyharris.com.