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2 Minute Coffee Cake in a Mug

By: Heather from Heather Likes Food
Updated September 11, 2023
2 Minute Coffee Cake in a Mug
2 Minute Coffee Cake in a Mug

2 Minute Coffee Cake in a Mug will satisfy your craving for cake while saving you the hassle of baking a large dessert. With this microwave mug cake recipe, you'll find that it's so easy to make a single serving of cake right in your microwave. You'll love the taste of the moist cake and the simple, homemade streusel topping. Don't be surprised that you can "bake" such a wonderfully-flavored treat in a minute or less. Make it once, and you won't be able to stop yourself from making this cake all the time.


  1. Remember, your mug cake won't brown like a regular cake does in the oven. This golden brown color occurs when the sugar caramelizes, but your mug cake won't get hot enough for that. So if you are making a vanilla cake, it will look white or blonde once it's finished baking. To tell if your mug cake is done, start with the shortest time and then check your cake. If it looks a little wet on top, it needs to be microwaved a little more. Even though your cake will not get brown, the microwave is a great option to quickly make a baked treat because microwaves travel directly through your mug cake. 


  2. Use an 8-ounce mug for the moistest possible cake. Over-cooking your cake is the number one danger of cooking in a mug. We found using a smaller mug makes it easier to make a perfect, not-too-dry cake because you don't need to cook it in the microwave for as long. Just make sure you don't fill you mug more than halfway to avoid in order to overflowing when it rises. 40-50 seconds is usually enough to perfectly cook an 8-ounce mug cake. 


  3. Use self-rising flour. Self-rising flour may not be the most common baking ingredient, but it is perfect for mug cakes. Most recipes will use a few tablespoons of regular flour, plus 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, but self-rising flour will produce fluffier, more consistent mug cakes. According to the Royal Institution, baking powder is essential for helping to create a spongy mug cake. 


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Coffee cake is such great treat, but often difficult to make the real deal! I'm so happy to see a mug cake recipe to finally try a shortcut to getting that same coffee cake flavor!

I can see myself in the office with two mugs... one full of coffee and one full of cake!

This recipe calls for simple ingredients that I always keep in my pantry, which means I can whip this up anytime I need a sweet treat. I love that I can make just one mug of cake. That keeps me from getting carried away and eating way too much cake just because it is sitting on the counter. I'm eager to try this.


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