In the Mood for Something Sweet? Here's How to Make a Mug Cake from Scratch or a Mix

No muss, no fuss dessert coming up. 

Caitlin U.
ByCaitlin U.

Baking a cake is a process. And sure, there are those of us that can enjoy said process, some of us may even find it relaxing. But if a mess of mixing bowls and batter drenched wooden spoons is keeping you from enjoying a homemade treat, you're not alone.

Behold: The mug cake. There truly is no simpler way to whip up a dessert that has all of the same warm and fuzzies as a homemade tray of brownies, without any of the mess — or wait time. Not to mention, that if you're baking for one, it removes the possibility of consuming a whole cake by yourself.

How to Make a Mug Cake from Scratch:

If you are struck with a craving for something sweet, check your cabinets for just a few simple ingredients you'll likely have on hand. And if you like to keep your kitchen free of clutter (AKA: flour, sugar, baking powder, etc.) then skip to the section below where we have some mug cake box options listed. 



What you'll need: A 12-ounce mug, a fork, and a microwave

Now when it comes to making a mug cake, you have to rely a bit on what looks and feels right. But you can take the below list of ingredient measurements as a guide. 


2 tablespoons of butter 

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 egg yolk 

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon of milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 a teaspoon of cocoa powder (depends on whether or not you want a vanilla or chocolate mug cake)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Place the butter into your mug and microwave until melted. Add all remaining cake ingredients and mix together with a fork. 

Now it's time for the most important part: Microwave your mug cake for about 45-60 seconds. You do not want to overcook your cake, if you do it can become too chewy or hard. If your microwave is on the stronger side, consider cooking it for 30 seconds, checking it and determine the remaining cook time based off of what it looks like. Let it cool for about one minute. And, enjoy!  

Mug Cakes Mixes 

Rather just go for a boxed mug cake mix? There are some great options that are health conscious too. 

Udi's Mug Cake Mixes like this Chocolate Cake are gluten-free, perfectly portioned and ready in just one minute. It's also available in Brownie, Blueberry Muffin and Cinnamon Coffee Cake flavors.  


WW's Red Velvet Mug Cake screams indulgence without the guilt. At only three smart points, this tasty mug cake is high in protein and has 5 grams of fiber. It's also available in chocolate and blueberry cake flavors. 

Foodstirs' Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Mug Cake only takes one minute to cook up. All of their mixes are certified organic and GMO free, so check out their Chocolate Molten Cake too. 

Mug Cake Toppings 

Make your mug cake your own and extra special with personalized toppings. Each person in your family can top off their own mug cake with the treat of their choice. Check out the below for some inspiration: 

  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped Cream 
  • Ice Cream 
  • Shaved Almonds 
  • Sprinkles 
  • Fresh fruit 

Have any of your own mug cake tricks or tips to share? Sound off in the comments. Did we miss a mug cake mix you've made? Be sure to add a review to any you have tried!