Mug Cakes are one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make. They are quick, easy and makes one or two servings!! Perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth when a craving strikes.
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What is a Mug Cake?
Mug cakes are cakes baked in a microwave instead of a traditional oven. A simple cake batter is stirred together in a mug and microwaved for a minute or two. They are usually made with few simple ingredients and makes one or two servings.
Why do I love mug cakes?
- Single serving <---- portion control
- Easy clean up
- Made with basic pantry ingredients
- Ready in under 5 minutes
- Enjoy immediately <-----No waiting to cool down
- Countless variations
- Perfect for late night cravings
Do Mug Cakes Rise?
Microwave cakes cooks in lightening speed when compared to the traditional kind. Recipes usually include a type of leavening to help with the rising but the quick cooking also tends to to dry them out when cold. So, mug cakes are best enjoyed HOT from the microwave.
How Do Mug Cakes Work?
Few simple ingredients (depending on the type of mug cake) are stirred together in a microwave safe coffee mug to make a smooth batter, nuked for a minute or so and then enjoyed immediately.
What Kind of Mug Should I Use for a Mug Cake?
You want to choose a microwave safe mug (stay away from metal or insulated ones).
The cake batter tends to rise while cooking in the microwave, hence you want to stay away from smaller mugs. Recommended size would be anything larger than 12 ounces.
It is also important to remember that the mug should be filled only about ⅔ full, since the batter will rise when cooking. And, cakes cooked in wider mugs will be done in a shorter time when compared to regular mugs.
How is mug cake different from a normal cake?
There are a few major differences -
- Usually a single-serve dessert
- They are essentially steamed, not baked.
- Cooks much faster — within minutes!
- They tend to dry out faster, so they have to be enjoyed right away!
Expert tips on making a successful mug cake
Don't overfill - Since the cake rises considerably when cooking, overfilling the mug might end up with batter overflowing the sides of the mug and making a mess. Filling to about half to ⅔rd full is recommended. However, if you wish to double a recipe, then simply use a larger microwave safe bowl or dish instead.
Serve immediately - Unlike a traditional cake, which is cooled comletely before it is enjoyed, eggless mug cake recipes tend to dry out or become hard when cool. So, mug cakes are best enjoyed right away!
Skip eggs - Since mug cakes are usually single serving, one egg tends to be too much for the portion and it ends up tasting "eggy". So, mug cakes amade without eggs have the best soft and light texture.
Add the right amount of leavening - Baking powder is generally the go-to leavening for mug cakes. Adding too little makes the cake rise not as much and more than needed might make the batter rise too much and then shrink back later.
We have rounded up our favorite mug cake recipes from scratch for a wide range of dessert cravings - From decadent chocolatey kind, fruity cakes to unique mug cakes. Go ahead and treat yourself to one of these rich mug cake recipes tonight.
Oreo Mug Cake
Moist dark chocolate cake made with Oreo is heavenly topped with whipped cream.
Carrot Mug Cake
Tastes just like a warm, soft and fluffy carrot cake but made in the microwave in 2 minutes.
Microwave Lemon Mug Cake
This Lemon Mug Cake is one of the easiest dessert recipes that cooks in under 2 minutes! It is a soft and fluffy eggless cake made right in the microwave.
Breakfast Oatmeal Mug Cake with Rolled Oats
Microwave Oatmeal Mug Cake - Warm, Soft and fluffy mug cake with oats is perfect for snack or top with greek yogurt and berries for breakfast.
Apple Mug Cake
It is packed with one whole Apple!!! Soft, Fluffy apple cake is packed with chunks of tender apples.
Vegan Mug Cake
Made with pantry ingredients, it is soft, fluffy with gooey melted chocolate chips and will satisfy your sweet tooth!
Nutella Mug Brownie
Rich, decadent, fudgy Nutella brownie in a mug is a single serve recipe, made with just 4 ingredients.
Chai Mug Cake
This Chai Cake in a Mug is like enjoying a hot cup of Chai with spoon!!! A soft and fluffy cake flavored with chai, cardamom and ginger, this chai mug cake tastes exactly like Indian chai.
Black Forest Mug Cake
Warm, moist chocolate cake with bits of fresh cherries and topped off with whipped cream. Most Easiest black forest cake ever!
Banana Mug Cake
Warm, light and fluffy mug cake with gooey melted chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts will satisfy any craving!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug Cake
It’s light, fluffy and tastes exactly like a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven, but in the form of a microwave mug cake.
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Light and velvety cake is topped off with sweetened greek yogurt for a quick fix when your red velvet cake craving strikes.
Mocha Mug Cake
It is soft and fluffy with the delicious combination of coffee & chocolate and made right in the microwave.
Mango Mug Cake
Packed with one whole mango! This recipe uses a clever technique in concentrating the mango flavor without additional steps.
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