Mug Cake

Mug Cake

After spending 19 years of my life in the same house moving to uni has been a bit of a shock ngl. I’m still in my home city but living where I’m working, living with my friends, and most of all not cooking for myself (ironically my college is catered for) is taking some time to get used to. Luckily, whilst I am catered for, there’s a small kitchen upstairs from my room which I can use when I need to. A little while ago I decided to work on the perfect mug cake recipe for when I got to uni so that I had some comfort food ready for those times when I felt a bit isolated and confused by life. Funnily enough though I have an oven but no microwave, so it’s back to oven baked cakes for me.

Whilst I don’t have a microwave at the moment, since coming up with these I’ve been a little obsessed with microwavable cakes and I’m going to start seriously promoting them on here. They take minutes to bake and are so moist it’s amazing! Just whatever you do don’t over cook them or they taste like soil. You can also put things in the middle of your mug cakes to jazz them up. In these I put blueberries and a blob of nutella, but you could also use biscoff, peanut butter, nuts, chocolate or even jam to spice up your mug cake.


Serves 1

Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 tbsp Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Milk
  • 2 ½ tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp Plain flour
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • Filling (optional but could be anything like chocolate, jam, peanut butter, Nutella etc)


  1. Put the butter into a large mug and microwave for 30 seconds to melt.
  2. One by one beat the egg, sugar, vanilla, milk, cocoa, flour, and baking powder into the mug.
  3. Then make a well in the centre of the cake and fill with whatever filling you want.
  4. Pop the mug into the microwave and cook for about 1 1/2 minutes. I find that this is the perfect amount of time to cook the cake all the way through and keep a nice fudgy texture, but this might vary between microwaves. The trick is not to overcook it whatever you do or you’ll end up with the direst cake you’ll ever know. Eat right away!

Thanks for reading!

Emma x

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