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5 Easy Microwave Mug Cakes Recipes

Microwave Mug Cakes

Whoever thought of mug cakes is a pure genius! Whilst tasting delicious, and often with a lovely ‘gooey’ texture similar to a fondant dessert, the best and easiest mug cakes take no time at all, and you still get some of that lovely aroma that fills your kitchen when you bake a cake.

With the sophistication of microwaves these days, there should be no reason to go wrong with producing mug cakes in a short time, conveniently suited to those that lead busy lives (applies to all microwave dishes!). Length of cooking time does depend on your microwave, so always best to check the manufacturers guidelines.

Microwave Mug Cakes

Mug cakes are a treat and almost anything goes in terms of ingredients. Better still, you can make them directly in the mug (if you prefer you can mix the ingredients in a bowl and then tip into the mug or suitable receptacle), saving time on the washing up! Eat straight from the mug or turn out onto the plate if you want to add extras such as more fruit or sauces.

Once you have mastered the technique, which is so simple, experiment with flavour and ingredient combinations to wow any potential guests. Of course, it is not conventional baking, but they do taste delicious!

There are lots of mug cake recipes that you can try, which include puddings in a mug, cookies in a mug and even savoury scones in a mug – try them all in your microwave and you won’t be disappointed!

Here are some delicious recipes including ones that the children will love such as chocolate chip mug cake and brownie in a mug – that doesn’t stop you from eating them either!

It is always wise to check your microwave mug cakes or desserts and keep an eye on them. Don’t worry if they rise and then, when you check, they fall down again – as soon as you put the microwave back on, they will rise to the occasion!

Make today “mug cake day” and your family and friends will love you!

As a general guideline, if you have a high wattage microwave the mug cakes or mug desserts will take less time to cook, so do experiment the first time you make them.

Delicious Banana Mug Cake

Banana and honey are such a great combination for a mug cake. Sweet, smooth and yummy, it is the perfect dessert that takes no time at all when using a microwave. If you are counting calories or trying to avoid sugar, this dessert will satisfy those with a sweet tooth, but not those wishing to lose weight…but it is so delicious!

Delicious Banana Mug Cake

Serves: 1
Prep Time:
Less than 5 minutes
Cook Time:
Approximately 3 minutes

Ingredients:

- 3tbsp plain flour
- ½tsp baking powder (essential to make the cake rise, if using plain flour)
- 3tbsp light brown sugar
- 1tbsp melted butter
- 1tbsp (level) milk (if you want to make it really creamy, use 1tbsp single cream)
- 1 egg, beaten to a light frothy consistency
- 1tsp honey
- 1 medium sized banana, well mashed

For the topping
- ½tbsp honey
- 1tbsp chocolate sauce (in this instance, shop bought is fine and more economical)
- A few slices of banana

Method:

1- Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, then fold in the rest of the main ingredients. You can do all of this in a small bowl, or straight into the mug or small dish, whichever you prefer. Mix well.

2- Mix together the honey and chocolate sauce.

3- Place the mug into the microwave on high and microwave for one and a half minutes. Check and then continue to microwave for a further minute and a half. Should be delicious by now!

4- Top with the honey and chocolate sauce (warm it through gently), make a small insertion in the top of the cake and pour the mixture over.

5- Serve immediately, perhaps with a scoop of ice cream of a spoonful of thick cream on the top. Eat and enjoy!

Easiest Ever Chocolate Chip Mug Cake!

Doesn’t everyone love chocolate chip mug cakes, cake or biscuits? We think so! This is a light and fluffy cake, not too heavy on chocolate but very delicious. You can also add extras such as nuts or dried fruit, or even vary the essence. We use vanilla, but you could use mint, orange or any flavour you desire. Just add the same amount and bear in mind that essences are quite strong! Use a medium sized mug, otherwise it could overflow!

Easiest Ever Chocolate Chip Mug Cake!

Serves: 1
Prep Time:
Less than 5 minutes
Cook Time:
3 minutes on high (for 800 watt)

Ingredients:

- 2tbsp self-raising flour
- 2tbsp caster sugar
- 2tsp cocoa powder
- 1 small egg, lightly beaten
- 1tbsp milk
- 1-2 drops essence (depending how much you want it flavoured)
- 1tsp vegetable oil (you can also use sunflower oil)
- 1tbsp chocolate chips

Method:

1- Put the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, essence and sugar - into the mug (or in a bowl if you prefer) and mix together thoroughly.

2- Add the wet ingredients and mix again. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.

3- Place in the microwave on high for around 3 minutes – check the cake has risen and is firm. If not, continue to microwave for 15-30 seconds. Remove, leave to cool (it will be very hot, especially the chocolate chips) before diving in! Add extra choc chips or choc sauce to the top (maybe some ice cream too!) Let your imagination run riot!

Delicious Mug Brownie

This mug brownie is a sticky yet slightly crunchy alternative to a simple chocolate cake in a mug. This mug brownie does tend to overflow a little so use a reasonably large mug or dish. You can add or omit the sprinkles or even top with mini marshmallows to keep the children happy!

Delicious Mug Brownie

Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: (see below)

Ingredients:

- 4½tbsp flour
- 3tbsp sugar
- 2½tbsp cocoa powder
- 2tbsp melted butter
- 2tbsp milk
- 4 squares of dark or milk chocolate, crushed
- 2tsp multi-coloured sprinkles (optional)

Method:

1- Mix all the ingredients together in a mug, making sure that it is thoroughly combined and try not to leave any ‘bits’ on the side of the mug.

2- Put your mug as close to the centre of the turntable. Cook for 1 minute and see how it looks – it will have risen but it will need more. Shut the microwave door quickly and cook for a further 1 minute. If the top is firm (be careful how you touch it) then it will be cooked but still ‘oozing’ on the inside.

3- Remove from the microwave add sprinkles (if desired) and a dollop of ice cream or cream! Be careful to let it cool for a little while as it will be piping hot!

Raspberry and Almond Microwave Mug Cake

Take a break from chocolate and have a nice, fruity mug cake which is just as indulgent! We have used raspberries and almonds in this mug cake recipe, similar to a Bakewell Tart but far quicker to cook! Use a good quality raspberry jam or conserve for the best results – and of course, fresh raspberries with that sweet but piquant taste to cut through the sweetness. Use a large mug for this recipe. This mug cake is probably better mixed separately in a bowl and poured into the mug.

Raspberry and Almond Microwave Mug Cake

Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2½ - 3 minutes

Ingredients:

- Small cube of butter, melted for greasing the mug
- 1½tbsp good quality raspberry jam or conserve
- 25g unsalted butter, melted and left to cool
- 25ml full cream milk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2tbsp caster sugar
- 2tbsp (heaped), self-raising flour
- 2tsp flaked almonds (plus a few for the top)
- 60g fresh raspberries (save a few for the top)
- Crème Anglaise or cream to pour over

Method:

1- Gently grease the mug and then place the raspberry jam into the bottom.

2- Mix together the remaining prepared ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Pour into the mug.

3- Microwave for 2 minutes on high and then check that the cake is rising. Microwave for a further 30 seconds to 1 minute until set.

4- Remove, sprinkle over extra almonds and raspberries and top with the Crème Anglaise or cream.

Lemon Mug Cake

Lemon and just a few slices of strawberries are a lovely combination for a mug cake. You can ‘jazz it up’ with chocolate sprinkles or sultanas, almost anything you want. Blueberries or blackberries are also a tasty addition.

Lemon Mug Cake

Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

- 3tbsp all-purpose flour
- 3tbsp sugar
- ¼tsp baking powder
- 1/8tsp salt
- 2tbsp vegetable oil
- 2tbsp lemon juice, plus zest of ½ lemon
- 1 egg, beaten
- Strawberries, blueberries, sprinkles or other decoration – try some edible flowers!

Method:

1- Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt and baking powder) and thoroughly combine.

2- Add in the beaten egg, oil, lemon juice and lemon zest.

3- Microwave the cake on highest power for one minute, stop and then microwave again for 30 seconds. If the centre of the cake is set, then it is ready. If not, microwave for a further 30 seconds or until firmed up.

4- Have fun with decorating, add sliced strawberries and sprinkles or edible flowers to impress everyone!

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