Sometimes you just need a sweet treat! Mug cakes are easy to make and the perfect single-serve treat. Even kids can mix one up and microwave it.
When to make a mug cake:
- Anytime you want a treat
- As an after-school snack for kids (or grownups)
- For a quick and easy dessert
- For a party – let everyone mix up their favorite flavor
- When traveling
Measure out the dry ingredients for one serving into a zip top bag or small container. These are easy for kids to grab or to take when traveling. A small liquid measuring cup with tablespoon marking works great to measure out the liquid ingredients.
Basic Mug Cake Recipe
This basic mug cake recipe is great on its own or as a base for your favorite flavors. Have fun with different mix-ins, flavors, and toppings.
- 4 Tbsp flour mix
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 3 Tbsp milk or milk alternative
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Pinch salt
Mix flour, sugar, oil, milk, baking powder, and salt in a mug. Add other flavors and mix-ins as you choose, such as vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. Microwave for 1 – 1:30 seconds. Add fun toppings like sprinkles and icing.
Note: Microwaves vary in power level. You may need to experiment to find the best time to cook this mug cake in your microwave. For a low-power microwave (like a dorm microwave/fridge combo), you may cook it longer so the cake is not gooey.
Here are some of our favorite mug cake recipes:
– Heidi Bayer, MPH, AAFA Board Member
- Kathy Przywara, AAFA Vice President of Community
– Nicole Gaghan, AAFA Art Director
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