15 Delicious Mug Cakes Ready in 2 Minutes or Less

Dessert in a Flash

Fudgy microwave mug brownies

The Spruce 

There’s nothing quite like warming up by the fireplace with a warm mug of…dessert. These (literal) cupcakes are cooked in and enjoyed right from the mug. From Nutella to red velvet to caramel apple, each of these delectable cakes is ready after one minute or less in the microwave. Cheers! 


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    Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

    hot chocolate mug cake finished

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

    Cuddle up with this hot chocolate mug cake on a chilly night. Add some marshmallows, and you won't believe how much this cake tastes like an actual mug of the classic winter drink.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    Chocolate chip cookie cake

    The Spruce / No. 2 Pencil

    If you've seen recipes for skillet cookies floating around, check out this chocolate chip cookie cake recipe for the perfect mini version. Dig deep into a thick and melty treat for a cozy afternoon pick-me-up. Also, try replacing chocolate chips with M&M's or other candies for a fun alternative recipe.

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    Nutella Mug Cake

    4-ingredient Nutella mug cake

    The Spruce 

    This gloriously simple recipe puts you just 60 seconds away from a super indulgent dessert for Nutella lovers looking to satisfy a craving in a hurry. With four ingredients you probably already have on hand, this Nutella mug cake is the perfect sweet treat for one.

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    Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

    Snickerdoodle mug cake

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Snickerdoodles are no doubt a classic holiday cookie, the combination of sugar and cinnamon evoking images of snowy landscapes and roaring fires. This snickerdoodle mug cake makes it easy to enjoy these simple flavors at any time of year. The batter is layered with cinnamon-sugar, assuring the cookie's signature taste is savored in every bite.

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  • 05 of 15

    Fudgy Microwave Mug Brownies

    Fudgy microwave mug brownies

    The Spruce 

    Perhaps this isn't exactly a "cake," but it sure is sweet. If you're more of a pastry person than an all-out confectionary, try your hand at these fudgy microwave mug brownies for an easy afternoon treat. Brewed coffee is the secret to getting a deeper, richer cocoa flavor.

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    Tres Leches Cake

    Tres Leches Cake

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    If you've mastered all the regular mug cake standbys, up your game with this tres leches cake in a mug. Spend a little longer on prep (and by that we mean five whole minutes) and win big on delicious and unique flavor.

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    Caramel Apple Cake

    Caramel apple mug cake

    The Spruce

    In just under two minutes, you can have a single serving of warm, gooey caramel apple cake. Throw these simple ingredients into a mug and top it all off with a crumbly streusel and syrupy sauce.

  • 08 of 15

    Chocolate Cake

    Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake

    The Spruce / Julia Estrada

    A classic chocolate cake is hard to beat. Try your hand at the ultimate classic and the origin of all mug cakes with this simple dessert for one. We recommend dusting the top with some powdered sugar for extra effect.

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  • 09 of 15

    Red Velvet Lava Cake

    Red velvet lava cake
    The Spruce

    Satisfy an emergency sugar craving with an elegant, party-worthy treat. With a chocolate truffle molten center, this red velvet lava cake can be made in just under two minutes, making it a dangerously easy indulgence you can whip up any day of the week.

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

    Chocolate mug cake


    Zoryanchik / Getty Images

    Chocolate and peanut butter are as iconic of a dessert pairing as milk and cookies, and it's even better in a mug. Tickle your taste buds with this chocolate peanut butter cake dessert so sweet and easy, you'll have to stop yourself from making another right away.

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    One Minute Fluffy Vanilla Cake

    Fluffy vanilla cake

    The Spruce / Sunday Chapter

    The mug cake world tends to be dominated by chocolate recipes, but vanilla deserves its time in the spotlight as well. This classic one minute fluffy vanilla cake is an excellent alternative from the rich cocoa options. Frost if you like or keep it standard—either way, this mug cake makes a great canvas for your favorite cake add-ins and toppings.

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    Paleo Cinnamon Cake

    Paleo cinnamon mug cake

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    If you thought there was no way a mug cake could be anything but fattening, think again with this paleo take on a mug cake. Water, cinnamon, coconut oil, and flour are all you need to complete this perfect paleo cinnamon cake for those wary of processed desserts.

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  • 13 of 15

    Angel Food Mug Cake

    Angel food mug cake

    The Spruce / The Typical Mom

    Eat like a god in less than a minute with this easy angel food mug cake. The texture is light, fluffy, and sweet in just the right way.

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    Chocolate Coconut Cake

    Chocolate coconut mug cake

    The Spruce

    This chocolate coconut cake recipe includes shredded coconut for a sweet little twist on the standard chocolate cake mix. Try it with a coconut-based frosting and sprinkle a few flakes on top for a fancy garnish.

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    Sugar-Free Red Velvet Molten Lava Cake

    Sugar-free molten lava red velvet cake

    The Spruce / Brenda Bennett 

    Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth without all the sugar? Then this sugar-free red velvet molten lava cake is for you. Made with coconut flour, flaxseed meal, and sugar-free cocoa bars, it's a healthier alternative that still tastes just like red velvet cake.