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4 Great Mug Cake Recipes

Mug cakes are the cutest things! And a great way to give yourself (or a loved one) a quick and easy sweet treat. Plus, if you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, these can all be easily put into mason jars, decorated, and gifted! I did this, and they were a hit. I chose these four recipes with gifting in mind, so I wanted to keep them as simple as possible and with as little wet ingredients as possible (which people will obviously have to fill in themselves, since those won’t keep). These worked perfectly, and are so, so yummy!

1. Cookies and Cream Mug Cake

I think this one is my favourite. It’s really, really good, trust me.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 Oreos


  • Combine white chocolate chips and milk in an oversized microwave-safe mug. Microwave for about 40 seconds. Mix with a small whisk until chocolate is completely melted
  • Add flour, baking powder, and oil. Whisk until batter is smooth
  • Using a fork, smash Oreos into the batter until only small chunks of cookie remain
  • Cook in microwave for about 1 minute. Let cake cool a few minutes before eating. Cake is best consumed while still warm
The finished product!

2. Molten Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp milk, room temperature
  • 1 small egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 28 grams semisweet chocolate, lightly broken up
  • 1 tbsp water


  • In a large microwave-safe mug (very important that this one is large because this cake rises a lot), combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together with fork
  • Add in the melted butter, milk, egg, and vanilla. Whisk thoroughly to combine, making sure to fully incorporate the dry ingredients
  • Place the chocolate pieces in the center of the mug. Don’t push them down; they will sink as the cake bakes
  • Drizzle (don’t dump) the tbsp of water over the whole thing
  • Cook in the microwave on full power for 1 minute and 20 seconds to 2 minutes (watch this one VERY carefully, as it rises A LOT), or until the cake rises to the top, the edges look set but the center looks almost wet and shiny, sticking slightly to the finger when touched
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes
Finished product!

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips


  • In a large microwave-safe mug, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and baking powder until thoroughly combined with no streaks of flour or cocoa powder remaining
  • Blend in milk, butter, and vanilla extract until batter is smooth
  • In a separate container, combine peanut butter and chocolate chips, then dollop the peanut butter mixture into the center of the mug, gently pressing down until it is even with the top of the batter
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving

4. Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

(So technically this is a cookie, not a cake, but still yummy! You could probably also double this recipe, as it’s a rather small cookie.)

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 tbsp chocolate chips


  • Pour melted butter into microwave-safe mug. With a spoon, mix in both sugars, vanilla extract, and salt until well-combined
  • Mix in egg yolk until no traces of the yolk can be seen
  • Mix in flour
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Microwave on high for 40 seconds, max 50 seconds. Serve warm, and can even be served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream – yum!

This one, I also really love.

All done and ready for nom-noms!

Like I said, I transformed these into holiday gift goodies for my friends, so I put all the dry stuff into mason jars (I left out things like milk, vanilla extract, egg, and oil). The peanut butter and chocolate I wrapped in plastic wrap and popped into the jars as well. I wrote up the recipes for each one and rolled them into a scroll to be attached to the appropriate jar. I used some twine to attach the recipe scrolls, along with little holly decorations I bought from Michaels. Then I stuck a chalk tag sticker onto the jars and wrote the person’s name in a silver chalk marker. They look soooo cuuuute! I’m really happy with how the jars turned out, and with how the cakes all taste. So if you’re in need of a last-minute gift for anyone, this is a great idea.

Here are some pictures of a couple of the finished jars (aren’t they cuuuuute?!).



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