This Pumpkin Mug Cake has the perfect fluffy texture! Ready in under 4 minutes from start to finish, it is warm, cozy, and studded with gooey bits of melted chocolate chips.
I wanted a pumpkin cake that takes all the flavors of the traditional cake, but is made in a fraction of the time!
As much as we love microwave cakes like oreo mug cake or carrot mug cake, it can be usually served only in the mug. This recipe is terrific since it can be removed from the mug, like the almond flour mug cake, and served on a plate with toppings as a single-serve dessert.
Why you'll love this?
- Light and airy texture reminiscent of a sponge cake.
- Brown sugar adds butterscotch-like flavor.
- Not overly sweet with gooey bits of melty chocolate chips.
Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
- All-purpose flour - It gives stability when combined with pumpkin puree.
- Pumpkin - Use canned 100% pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
- Brown sugar - Golden brown sugar gave the perfect color and taste for the recipe.
- Oil -Just one tablespoon of flavorless oil adds moisture and prevents the cake from tasting rubbery.
- Baking powder - Double-acting baking powder, containing a dry acid and baking soda, activates upon contact with wet ingredients and again during microwaving, providing a nice lift.
- Cinnamon - Ground cinnamon gives fall vibes like in apple cinnamon bread.
- Add chopped toasted pecans along with chocolate chips.
- Use pumpkin pie spice instead of ground cinnamon.
- Omit chocolate chips.
How to make?
You can find full printable recipe below, but here is a quick overview of the procedure along with step-by-step photos.
1.Add all dry ingredients into a microwave-safe coffee mug and stir well, breaking any lumps.
2. Add the egg, pumpkin puree, oil and vanilla extract.
3 & 4. Mix thoroughly until it becomes very smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Microwave for 2 minutes for a narrow mug or 1 minute plus 50 seconds for a wide mug.
Tip: Mix until very smooth to make sure that all ingredients are evenly distributed and the pumpkin mug cake cooks up soft and tender.
How to serve?
My idea of a pumpkin mug cake involves mounds of freshly whipped cream. It will also be terrific with vanilla ice cream or cream cheese frosting like in eggless carrot cake.
How to serve?
As with all mug cake recipes, serve it hot with any of the following toppings:
- More chocolate chips on top.
- A sprinkling of sea salt.
- Dollop of cream cheese frosting.
- Yogurt frosting as in red velvet mug cake.
- Cinnamon or plain whipped cream.
- Vanilla ice cream.
- Mug - A standard-size microwave-safe wide or narrow coffee mug works for this recipe.
- Wide mug - Cook for 1 minute and 50 seconds.
- Narrow mug - Cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir batter until lump free – Using a spoon, stir the batter until smooth and no lumps remain.
We do not recommend preparing the batter in advance for this recipe, as the ingredients will absorb the egg and become dry. The baking powder starts producing carbon dioxide upon contact with wet ingredients and when heated, so it's essential to cook the pumpkin mug cake immediately after mixing to achieve its fluffy texture.
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Pumpkin Mug Cake
- 1 egg, room temperature
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons semi sweet chocolate chips, plus more for topping
- Add all dry ingredients into a microwave-safe coffee mug and stir well, breaking any lumps.
- Add the egg, pumpkin puree, oil and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly until it becomes very smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Microwave for 2 minutes for a narrow mug or 1 minute plus 50 seconds for a wide mug.
- Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top and serve as is or with some whipped cream.
Nutritional information, based on third-party calculations, should be seen as estimates, not guarantees, as various factors like product types, brands, processing methods, and more can alter the nutritional content in recipes.
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