21 Microwave Cake Recipes You Can Make in 10 Minutes (or Less)
Making a cake from scratch in five minutes (or less) might sound like a fantasy, but all it takes is a microwave and a mug. Take your favorite coffee mug (it helps if it’s extra-large), and after a couple minutes you’ll have yourself a puffy, moist cake and almost zero clean up.
Just when you thought this couldn’t get any easier, mug cakes are also incredibly customizable. You can add any nut, seed, or sprinkle — or even cookie butter — and you are guaranteed to have a satisfying and delicious dessert in minutes.
One of the keys to making the perfect cake, regardless of the recipe that you choose, is to make sure that you don’t overmix your batter. Combining a handful of ingredients in the right order may seem like a simple task, but if you keep mixing your batter after it comes together, you’ll develop too much gluten and end up with a cake that is too tough. For a perfectly tender cake, mix the cake batter just until it’s combined, unless otherwise specified by your recipe.
Also, note that there are a number of great things you can make with a mug and a microwave, but the mug cake is definitely a winner. So try one out, and if at first you don’t succeed (which is almost impossible), don’t worry because a minute of prep and a minute in the microwave is all it takes to try again!
Banana Mug Cake
This is sort of a hybrid between a banana bread and a cake. It’s so easy and delicious you might have to be a bit careful about it — it’s that good!
Black Forest Mug Cake
“Warm, gooey chocolate cake, sweet sticky jam, fresh whipped cream, rich chocolate curls, and a cherry on top… Who could want for more?” says Mima Sinclair, author of Mug Cakes.
Cranberry Champagne Mug Cake
This is a super-simple mug cake recipe made with sparkling wine and prepackaged cake mix. It’s elegant made easy — although I’m not sure I’d recommend using real Champagne in the mix!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mug Cake
Finally your chocolate chip cookie dough dreams have come true! In the form of a cake! This is one of my favorite mug cake recipes and puts the ice cream to shame!
Double Chocolate Mug Cake
Chocolate Cake can make any bad day into a good one. This quick and easy recipe can make that craving a reality in no time. Go on and indulge once in a while; I’m sure it’ll be well worth it.
Guinness Mug Cake
The alcohol in boozy desserts usually evaporates as it bakes, which means all you are left with is deep flavor — especially when you use a strong stout like Guinness. This cake is dense and moist, and is ready in a flash.
Honey Mug Cake
This recipe even instructs how to makes those adorable marzipan bees! It may take a little extra effort, but seeing your guests’ eyes light up in delight will be totally worth it.
Classic Mug Cake
Here is the basic recipe to help you on your path to mug cake perfection; if you’ve got three minutes, you’ve got dessert.
Nutella Mug Cake
The addition of Nutella in this mug cake recipe creates a decadently moist dessert that’s ready in a flash… or shall we say “a zap”?
Red Velvet Mug Cake
This cake made a big impression on the food world in recent months, and now there’s a quick solution to satisfy those cravings.
Rocky Mountain Mocha Mug Cake
Adding coffee to chocolate-based baked goods dramatically enhances the chocolatey flavor. In an ode to Rocky Road ice cream, marshmallow, peanut, coffee, and chocolate combine for a quick and delicious cake.
Salted Caramel Mug Cake
Salt enhances the flavor of caramel, and it’s really just the perfect combination of salty and sweet. This is a simple and decadent mug cake recipe made with devil’s food cake, caramel, and pretzels.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cake
Now you have a way to get your pumpkin spice fix in all forms; enjoy this with a nice hot cup of coffee.
Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake
This is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re up for an extra decadent indulgence, this mug cake has Nutella — or alternatively you can use peanut butter!
Lemon Mug Cake
There is something so refreshing about a lovely, light lemon cake. Enjoy this with your afternoon tea or as a light dessert.
Blueberry Mug Cake
Whether it’s waffles, pancakes, or muffins, blueberries are the perfect complement. They just taste so damn good with all of them — so they’re great with a mug cake. This recipe can take a few attempts to get right, but you’ll be very satisfied with the results.
Funfetti Mug Cake
Oh the funfetti cake! This recipe is really easy and really fun. Give it a try with some Cool Whip if you’re feeling really adventurous.
Brownie Mug Cake
If you’re looking for the perfect combination between a chocolate cake and a brownie, look no further — this is the answer!
Raspberry Mug Cake
This is perhaps the best of all the mug cake recipes recipes we tested. It’s got a light fluffy texture, and the raspberries give it a nice, tart kick.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cakes
Now you can combine the 2 most delicious flavors on earth in a perfect mug cake!