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10 Tasty Mug Cakes You Can Make in Just Minutes

By bellalimento |

I’m sure you’ve heard of cakes that you make in a microwave in MINUTES. I have to admit the first time I saw a recipe for one I was skeptical. I mean how can you make a cake in just a few minutes in the microwave? So I set out to test the theory. Guess what? You CAN make a cake in minutes in the microwave, and they’re TASTY! We’ve put together 10 delicious mug cake recipes for you to choose from. Everything from pumpkin cake in a mug {pictured above} to ooey, gooey chocolate cakes to strawberries and cream. There’s even a gluten-free version in there! So the next time you’re craving something sweet and are short on time, you know what to make! You can find them all after the jump!

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10 Tasty Mug Cakes That You Can Make in Just Minutes

Nutella Mug Cake

You had me at Nutella.
Make Nutella mug cake

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Paula Jones started her blog, Bell'alimento, in 2009 as a place to share her recipes with her friends and family. Along with her delicious recipes being a staple on Babble's Food channel, Jones has been featured on sites such as: Saveur, CNN’s Eatocracy, The Cooking Channel, and The Washington Post.

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47 thoughts on “10 Tasty Mug Cakes You Can Make in Just Minutes

  1. Simone says:

    I love this! What a great idea to make a quick mug cake in the microwave. Just brilliant!

  2. Catherine says:

    You know how horrible using a microwave is? It turns all food into carcinogens not to mention changes the genetic structure of food. In turn turning your body into something it once wasn’t. Genetically engineered garbage. And when you put your little tikes in front of the microwave, along with yourself it takes all the vitamins and minerals out of your body. YUCK! It takes 10 minutes longer to cook in the oven. Quit being lazy and gross and research yourself. IGNORANCE IS THE WORST CAUSE OF SUFFERING!

  3. Roy says:

    @Catherine : The ideas you have about the dangers of a microwave are uncommon, but completely unfounded. I suggest you go to your local university and talk to any physics professor, who I’m sure would gladly explain to you why you have nothing to worry about when it comes to microwave ovens.

  4. NeonTango says:

    Before you toss your microwave oven on the recycling heap or start fashioning yourself an aluminium hat to protect your brain from Martian radio waves, you might want to double-check your science. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself the laughable victim of an urban legend.

    Read this — — and then, this — When used appropriately, microwave cooking is not only safe, but often preserves the nutirients in your food (unless, of course, you’re an habitual over-cooker!)

    Now, back to the recipes: tried the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, the Nutella, and a couple of others. As a professional chef, I don’t count myself a fan of microwave cooking, for purely aesthetic reasons, however, it does have its time and place. Given a choice between those pricey boxed “instant” microwavable desserts and something quick and easy I’ve personally overseen and created, I’ll always choose the latter.

    To the original poster(s) of these tasty simplicities, thank you! We have the kids in the kitchen even now, experimenting with their own variations. If anything delish comes of it, I’ll post our results. :-D

  5. Matthew says:

    I work in an oncology lab, and my response was….wow.

    Another wow was that, the mug cake really satiated my midnight craving for something sweet! and not much to clean up after in the morning ha

  6. Denise says:

    Sounds … interesting. Who would have ever thought of cooking in a mug however I bet it would be great as dessert for friends – especially girlfriends looking to get lost in chocolate.
    Adore the idea of a fluffernutter.
    I invite you to have a peek at our blog.

  7. Sarah says:

    Rhese recipes are great think I’ll be giving them a try! I remember doing cakes in the microwave all the time when I was little, in Christmas pudding tubs! This is perfect for my lazy post holiday day tomorrow :-)

  8. Michelle says:

    Wow is right… I have no response to that.

    Can not wait to try this. Having a dinner party in a week or so and this will be a hit with the kids.

  9. liz says:

    @Catherine Do you have ANY IDEA how a microwave works? Really? Microwaves produced by microwaves stimulate water molecules to move quickly, therefore creating heat and warming your food. ANY HEAT changes the molecular structure of food. You read a science book.

  10. Desarae says:

    Wow! Seems ignorance REALLY is the worst cause of suffering. I LOVE little personal cakes that don’t call for heating up the oven, making a huge mess, or worst of all.. SHARING!! :) But when we all die from our microwave usage and therefor our mineral and vitamin depleted bodies start collapsing at her feet, Catherine can feel proud to say “I told you so” and go on about her life making her cakes in her oven because SHE was not being “lazy and gross”! Until then…. I’m going to power on! But thanks for the warning Catherine. :)

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I love these! Such an awesome idea. I tried the nutella one and it was just amazing.

  12. June says:

    Where did you get the Nutella mug? I love it and would like buy one. Thanks.

  13. Paula says:

    As it says on Pinterest. 10 % of arguements are about a problem, 90 % are about the tone in which you use. You may reach many more people by being kinds with the words you choose or using a non-condisending tone rather than being insulting.

  14. rgreen says:

    love this idea! cause sometimes you want something fast and easy and you only want enough to satisfy you and not have that whole box of brownies staring at you to eat it all! haha! microwave lady is a little scary!! i myself try not to use the microwave alot because processed food isn’t so great for you and i like to cook! but microwave lady got a little over reactive to the microwave…..maybe she had a bed experience with a microwave….who knows! haha!

  15. Tanya says:

    I know I saw people selling stuff like this in the past. I thought it would make a great teacher gift for Christmas but I was wondering how to I make it without the egg and oil? Do I leave a note for instruction that they have to put it in themselves? Any ideas?

  16. Kara says:

    @Catherine…thanks for the HUGE laugh I got tonight by reading your ignorant post. Unbelievably funny!!

    And I look forward to trying these niffy recipes with my ‘tikes’ this weekend! Super easy with hardly any clean-up. SCORE!!

  17. Hazel says:

    I’ve heard the bad reports about microwaves, I have an experience with a microwave that is not good. However, it was a very old microwave from the ’80s. I had a Beta fish and moved it beside the old microwave in the kitchen. In a short time he had bent in 1/2. He was still alive, but completely bent in the shape of an “L”. He was a very old Beta, but I have to say I suspect it was the microwave that did it to him. We humanely put him down, and trashed the microwave and bought a new one.
    Now, for the cakes, I can not wait to try these. They look so delicious and I love Nutella! YUM!!

  18. The Cheap Gourmet says:

    I love this idea for “cup” cakes and think they would make great gifts for the holidays and simple desserts at the end of the day. I shared this with my group at and am sure they will be thrilled to have this recipe. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

  19. megan {a dash of megnut} says:

    I love this! Whenever I’m busy and need a dessert I love making mug cakes. I’ve only made a nutella one before though so I’m grateful for more recipes

  20. Kami says:

    These sound so fun! My husband hates cake, so this would be fun for me and the kiddos to do. We could probably all share one and be fulfilled and not have all the left overs and extra calories laying around :)

  21. Looney Loocey says:

    Catherine literally made me snort with laughter…. which wasn’t good since I had a mouthful of the salted caramel mug cake from this site. I can wholeheartedly recommend these recipes if they all turn out like this one! I LOVE THIS CAKE! Its moist, without being gummy… really DID only take 5 min. I didn’t have skim milk for my recipe or all purpose flour, so I used vanilla rice milk and white whole wheat flour. Still turned out GREAT! Definitely trying the other recipes!

  22. valerie says:

    I tried the chocolate chip cookie dough one and wasn’t impressed. It turned out tough and not sweet. What did I do wrong? Any suggestions?

  23. Dawn says:

    we only live once, right? I can’t wait to try those little microwavable mug cakes…if I die using a microwave then so be it, I will die happy!

  24. MJ says:

    @simone, we OBVIOUSLY know how TERRIBLE microwaving food is. I mean, McDonald’s microwaves food.. the horror!!!!!!! Seriously, is this where you’re pitching your battle flag? *pats your head* It’s okay, honey. Simmer down.

  25. MJ says:

    Sorry, I meant @catherine. @Simone, carry on being fabulous, as always. (Love your shoes.)

  26. Vitamin Depleted Microwave User says:

    Thanks for the laughs Catherine…. I am completely enjoying my Carcinogen Cake while reading your phobic comments.

  27. Mel says:

    @Catherine…I have to wonder why you even looked at this recipe in the first place if you have such a low opinion of microwaves and those who use them. Actually, I am surprised you would even EAT cake since flour is processed food….also, hun, calling someone gross makes you sound so much like a grade-schooler that no one could possibly take you seriously (even if your point weren”t ridiculous). And don’t worry; my children and I generally don’t stare at our food circling in the microwave, so we ought to be just fine. :)

    Thanks for these recipes! I’m looking forward to trying them out. I found a brownie recipe last night and it inspired me to find recipes like yours. :) Keep up the good work.

  28. Emily says:

    I made this and it turned out AWESOME! It’s perfect for single servings :) I ran out of creamy peanut butter and used chunky instead and I think it’s even better now. Enjoy!

  29. silent observer says:

    I’m nuke-ing these babies asap. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread!

  30. Danielle says:

    This is one if the best threads I have ever read!
    @catherine I hope you don’t feel too beat up. But you have to understand we are hungry, mothers, who seriously would gladly trade a little nutrition depletion for some chocolatey peace and quiet, with minimal clean up! :-D
    I am going to be smiling about this post all the way to the fridge!

  31. Brenda says:

    HAZEL -as a fish breeder I have to tell ya hun, your Betta was old, they bend when they get old. Guppies do the same thing. You trashed your microwave for nothing although that’s a great excuse to buy a new one and I may use it some day.
    As for the recipes-they sound awesome! Can’t wait to try them all :)

  32. Haygirl says:

    I can’t even get to the recipes for HOWLING at the thread and responses to @Catherine. HILARITY! Glad I read before making, otherwise I might be like @LooneyLoocey and snort a piece of cake onto my computer screen. NOW that, @Catherine, is what I call gross. And yet, I would probably still laugh (and keep eating). It’s all fun and games, but don’t get it twisted. I’m here for the cake. Trying ALL of them just cuz I have a microwave. So I can. :-D YAY ME!

  33. Happy says:

    Mmm! It’s the carcinogens that make it taste so good!

  34. ohjilly says:

    This is the BEST. THREAD. EVER.

    The Nutella cake is incredible but almost too much for one person to eat! Next gonna try the Salted Caramel – yum!

  35. Weightloss says:

    The fast red

  36. koperr says:

    Microwave lady……crazy. Bent fish lady……how do you humanely put a fish down. Just wondering. The recipes……WONDERFUL! We just discovered microwave cake in a cup. Don’t know how we missed that one! My children are loving it, being able to create things like this on their own. Thanks for the great recipes!

  37. Andrea says:

    I cannot wait to try these cakes! As for Catherine-LOL!!!! Some things (especially ridiculous rants) are better kept to youself hun!

  38. fat and happy says:

    Awesome midnight snack! My bf and I really could have split one but it was good :) after reading this thread I’m reminded of the saying “you can keep quiet and let people believe you are ignorant or you can open your mouth and prove them right”

  39. renee says:

    can’t wait to try grew up..whole cake too much for just hubby & me. this sounds perfect. @Catherine enjoyed your post & everyone else’s responses thanks it was a HOOT!

  40. Elle says:

    LOL Cat….girl go sit down somewhere.

  41. HelloWorld says:

    I can’t wait to try these! Is there a cinnamon roll style cake recepe? This whole conversation was very entertaining.

    I think theres more important things to focus on health-wise than a standard appliance thats been in American homes for over 50 years.

    Perhaps those better things include building healthy family relationships and being content and happy about the life we are immeasurably blessed with.

  42. Linda says:

    Admitting to being technically challenged, I can’t find these recipes. Help please.

  43. jen says:

    @ Catherine, If you bake it in the oven you’re using more energy and forcing pollutants in the air, thus causing you to die from lung cancer! I’d rather use my microwave and have a lower light bill myself. That way I’ll have more money for all my medical bills when I get microwave cancer. LOL Wow! If you walk by a car that’s running you’re at risk for getting cancer! Get a grip woman. You better just lock yourself in your home if you’re that worried! Never leave home again!!!!!

  44. Tiffany says:

    Ummm….the pictures look really good- ideas for recipes alterations- got those….now…can anyone tell me where to access the actual recipes- I click and the pictures change (go through the slideshow)..looking great…and that’s all it does-picture after picture after picture..where exactly do you click to get the recipes??????

  45. Brittany says:

    @Catherine, you made my day. I loved reading your comment out loud to myself dramatically. Mwah!

  46. walter17 says:

    i wish there were more non-chocolate mug cake recipes. 8 were chocolate seems like too much.

  47. joan weintraub says:

    Pleased to come across an interesting, creative website.

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