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Red Velvet Mug Cake (Single Serve)

Microwave Red Velvet Mug Cake – Light and Velvety Cake topped off with sweetened greek yogurt is perfect when a red velvet craving strikes – Must Try Recipe!

If you love mug cakes like us, then here are few more recipes to try – Chai Cake, Microwave Apple Cake, Lemon Poppy seed Mug Cake or Mango Mug Cake.

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removing a spoon of red velvet cake topped with greek yogurt from a mug

This post was originally published on 02/09/2021 and modified on 02/24/2022 to add more details. However, the recipe, images and video remain the same.

Red Velvet Mug Cake

Ultra soft and light cake, single serving, no egg red velvet is certainly one of our favorite mug cake recipes that turn to again and again. It is unbelievably good! The buttermilk, sweet vanilla along with a bit of cocoa makes it taste like a vanilla cake with mild cocoa flavor along with a hint of tanginess.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE?

  1. Not a layer cake – Making a layer cakes can be intimidating for many! So, such simple and easy recipes to the rescue!
  2. Single serve – Perfect when you are craving a late night sweet treat.
  3. Made in a cup – Makes clean up a breeze.
  4. Tastes amazing – It tastes exactly like the actual dessert.

Greek Yogurt instead of Cream cheese

Red velvet cake traditionally is made with cream cheese frosting. Since, we are a making small single serving cake, in under 2 minutes, opening up a package of cream cheese to use just a tablespoon didn’t sound like a good option. So, we tried substituting greek yogurt and was very happy with the result. It gives the same taste as cream cheese frosting but more practical.

Red food coloring

It comes in two varieties – gel and liquid. We highly suggest using only gel since the amount of liquid food coloring that needs to be added to obtain the deep red color will add additional liquid to the recipe and alter the dry to liquid ratio.

Can I skip food color?

Absolutely! This recipe is just as delicious without the food coloring.

Is red velvet cake just a chocolate cake?

Though both have cocoa powder as a key ingredient, red velvet contains a very small portion of cocoa powder when compared to chocolate variety. Also, red velvet cake has an iconic velvety texture that is due to the addition of vinegar with buttermilk when compared to chocolate that is more traditional.

Serve HOT

As with all microwave cake, they tend to dry out upon cooling. So, we recommend eating this right away.

INGREDIENTS

Standard mug cake ingredients: Flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract

Add-ins: Red food coloring, Cocoa powder and the secret ingredient white vinegar.

Pro tips for success

  • This dessert cooks for a shorter time when compared to other mug cake recipes due to the addition of vinegar. Don’t be gravitated to cook longer.
  • White distilled vinegar is flavorless, so please stay away from other vinegars like apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, wine vinegar or other types.
  • Stir batter until lump-free – Using a spoon, stir the batter until smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Microwaves differ – This recipe was tested in two different microwaves and it took 70 seconds in one and 80 seconds in the other.
  • Best eaten hot – Enjoy this dessert HOT! As with mug cakes, some might dry out a little when left at room temperature.
  • Use only GEL red food coloring and NOT LIQUID.
  • Food Coloring – The amount of red food coloring is up to you. I tested with varying amounts, to get the dark red color you see here, use about 1/4 teaspoon gel food coloring.
process of how to make red velvet cake in a mug

How to make?

Stir milk, vegetable oil, red food coloring, vanilla extract and white vinegar together in a microwave safe coffee mug. Stir in flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, until smooth and lump free.

Cook in microwave for 70 to 80 seconds. In the mean time, stir together some greek yogurt and sugar together.

Serve hot with sweetened greek yogurt.

How to serve?

Enjoy it hot as soon as you remove from the microwave with big scoop of sweetened greek yogurt. Some recipes (depending on the type of microwave used) might get a little dry if left at room temperature for a long period of time.

hot microwave red velvet cake in a mug

More sweet treats perfect for Valentines day: Almond Flour Chocolate Cake, Almond Flour Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Avocado Chocolate Truffles, Tiramisu Tres Leches Cake, Chocolate Truffle Balls, Homemade Churros and Dessert Hummus.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is red velvet cake bad for you?

The recipe contains a heavy dose of artificial food color to obtain the deep red hue and covered in a thick and creamy cream cheese frosting that is high in fat and calories as well. However, this recipe using greek yogurt frosting and if made without food color, is a much better dessert option.

How many calories in one serving?

There are 690 calories in one serving.

What is the actual flavor of red velvet cake?

It’s basically a vanilla cake with a bit of cocoa powder and red food coloring added to it. It does not have enough cocoa to make it taste chocolatey. Buttermilk adds a hint of tanginess which pairs amazing with the cream cheese frosting.

Does the cake taste the same without food coloring?

YES! The food coloring just makes it pretty and does not add any flavoring. If you are concerned about using food coloring, then a few drops of fresh beet juice may be added instead. Better yet, skip the food coloring!

Perfect dessert for Valentines day!! This year might not involve date nights at your favorite restaurant or short romantic get away, but it can still be cozy at home with some delicious homemade dinner, dessert and Netflix. This is a great kid friendly recipe as well.

red velvet mug cake topped with greek yogurt along with a spoon digging some cake placed on a small white plate

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Red Velvet Mug Cake (Single Serve)

Red Velvet Mug Cake (Single Serve)

Yield: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Microwave Red Velvet Mug Cake - Light and Velvety Cake topped off with sweetened greek yogurt is perfect when a red velvet craving strikes - Must Try Recipe!

Ingredients

Wet ingredients

Dry ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

1. Add all wet ingredients into a microwave safe mug and stir well.

2. Stir in all dry ingredients until smooth and lump free.

3. Microwave for 70 to 80 seconds DO NOT OPEN THE MICROWAVE IN BETWEEN.

(This recipe was tested in two different microwaves and it took 70 seconds in one and 80 seconds in the other. We recommend testing out the time in your microwave the first time and then sticking to that after wards)

5. Remove mug from microwave, top with sweetened greek yogurt and enjoy!

Sweetened greek yogurt


Stir yogurt and sugar together for a few seconds to dissolve sugar.

Notes

Stir batter until lump-free – Using a spoon, stir the cake batter until smooth and no lumps remain.

Microwaves differ – This recipe was tested in two different microwaves and it took 70 seconds in one and 80 seconds in the other.

This cake cooks for a shorter time when compared to other mug cake recipes due to the addition of vinegar. Don’t be inspired to cook longer.

White distilled vinegar is flavorless, so please stay away from other vinegars like apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, wine vinegar or other types.

Food Coloring – The amount of red food coloring is up to you. I tested with varying amounts, to get the dark red color you see here, use about 1/4 teaspoon gel food coloring.

Red food coloring comes in both gel and liquid. We highly suggest using only gel since the quantity of liquid food coloring that needs to added to obtain the deep red color will add additional liquid to the recipe which will result in changing it.

Skip food coloring? Absolutely! This cake is just as delicious without the food coloring.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 690Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 289mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 1gSugar: 43gProtein: 8g

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