Amazing Carrot Mug Cake tastes just like a warm, soft, moist and fluffy carrot cake but made in the microwave in under 2 minutes.
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Carrot Mug Cake
A single serve, made from scratch, eggless cake made in microwave that is incredibly soft, moist and fluffy. It is also eggless, uses no crushed pineapple or cream cheese frosting. Much healthier than a traditional muffin since there is no butter or cream cheese.
Microwave baked goods are perfect when you are looking for something to satisfy your sweet craving yet not in the mood to bake an entire dessert. Some of our favorites are Red velvet cake in a cup , Microwave Breakfast Muffin, or banana muffin in a mug.
Why are you going to love this recipe?
- Quick and Easy – Stir all ingredients in a coffee cup and bake for 2 minutes. It is as easy as that!
- Single Serve – Perfect for a light snack, light breakfast or a simple dessert for one or two when sharing.
- Amazing texture – Soft and moist muffin like that is light and fluffy in texture studded with golden raisins and finely grated carrots.
MICROWAVE baked recipes have a tendency get a little dry if left at room temperature for a long period of time. So, we highly recommend enjoying it hot.
NO CREAM CHEESE FROSTING?
Ain’t a carrot cake without cream cheese frosting! It’s smooth, tangy and is the perfect topping. But, it does not make sense to thaw an entire block of cream cheese just to use one or two tablespoons for this single serve dessert recipe. So, we love to top ours with greek yogurt which is healthier and tastes just as same.
The time can vary with different microwaves and also with different cup sizes. If you are new to microwave baking, then we recommend checking after one minute and 50 seconds. It should be well risen and spongy to touch. You can cook for an additional 10 to 15 seconds if needed.
Can you prepare the batter in advance?
No! This is one of the easiest recipes you might bake. The batter simply is mixed in a coffee cup before cooking. We will not recommend preparing the batter in advance, as the batter get gummy.
Can I replace milk with water?
Milk adds richness and flavor that water can't. You can use plant based milks such as almond milk instead.
- Flour - Unbleached all purpose flour.
- Brown Sugar – Light or Golden brown sugar gives the perfect color, moisture and taste like the traditional recipe (check out more brown sugar desserts).
- Flavorings - We used ground cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Oil – Traditional in all classic carrot muffin recipes. Use any neutral oil like vegetable or canola oil.
- Milk - Regular whole or 2% milk.
- Leavening - Baking powder gives a much needed rise.
- Finely grated carrots – Grate carrot using the fine side of your box grater and not the coarse side.
Pro Tips for Success
- Brown sugar – We have tried this recipe with dark, golden and light brown sugar. Recipes made using golden or light tasted very close to the traditional recipe.
- Grate carrots - Use finely grated carrot and not coarsely grated.
- Cook time - It depends on your microwave and size of the coffee cup. Experiment with your cooking time from 1 minute and 45 to 60 seconds to see what gives the perfect texture.
- Stir batter until lump free – Using a fork or spoon, stir batter until smooth and no lumps remain.
- Measure the flour correctly – One of the most common baking mistake is to measure the flour incorrectly. The best method to measure is to fluff flour with a spoon, sprinkle it into your measuring cup, and use a knife to level it off and then add into the cup.
- Best eaten hot – As with microwave desserts, it might dry out a little when left for some time.
- Raisins - Golden raisins are traditional, but you can skip if you'd like.
- Nuts - Skip pecans to make it nut free or use chopped walnuts.
- Oil - Any flavorless oil such as vegetable or corn oil.
How to make?
This is one of the easiest dessert recipes to make.
- Stir dry – Stir all purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon together in a microwave safe coffee mug.
- Stir wet – Mix milk, oil and finely grated carrot, golden raisins and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and lump free.
- Cook – Microwave for one minute and 45 to 60 seconds.
- Serve - Top with sweetened greek yogurt and toasted pecans.
How to serve?
Enjoy this made homemade recipe, HOT as soon as you remove from the microwave with big scoop of greek yogurt mixed with honey and toasted nuts for dessert.
More mug cake recipes:
- Eggless Mango Cake
- Nutella Brownie Mug Cake
- Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Oatmeal Mug Cake
- Microwave Apple Cake
- Red Velvet Mug Cake
- Black Forest Cake.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Absolutely! You can simply leave out the raisins or use dark raisins instead.
Sure can! Simply skip the pecans to make with no nuts.
More Mug Cakes to try
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons golden or light brown sugar (packed)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup finely grated carrot
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoons golden raisins
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sweetened greek yogurt
- Toasted pecans, chopped
- Add all dry ingredients into a microwave mug, stir well with a spoon or fork.
- Add all wet ingredients, mix until smooth.
- Cook in microwave for 2 minutes for a standard coffee mug OR one minute and 50 seconds for a wider mug.
- Remove, let cool for about a minute, top with sweetened greek yogurt and chopped toasted pecans. Enjoy hot!
(To make sweetened greek yogurt, mix plain greek yogurt with some honey or sugar)
Calories are calculated without the topping.
Grate carrots – Use finely grated carrot and not coarsely grated.
Best eaten hot – As with microwave desserts, it might dry out a little when left for some time.
Raisins – Golden raisins are traditional, but you can skip if you’d like.
Nuts – Skip pecans to make it nut free or use chopped walnuts.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 553mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g
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