Gingerbread Mug Cake

Alpine Ella
by Alpine Ella
1 serving
5 min

This simple and delicious mug cake is the perfect treat for one in the Winter! It only takes 3 minutes to prepare this gingerbread mug cake, and you only need 11 ingredients.

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I love curling up on the couch on a cold winter’s evening with a delicious mug cake! They are the perfect treat to make when you want a dessert in no time. Looking for another flavor of mug cake? How about my red velvet mug cake? Or try my hot cocoa mug cake!

Tell me about this recipe!

  • This simple gingerbread mug cake can be made straight in the mug, no bowls required. Minimal cleanup and dishwashing is the best!
  • All you need to do is whisk your dry ingredients together, then add your wet ingredients.
  • It is perfectly portioned for one, but you can easily double the recipe to make a bigger mug cake or make two at the same time.

Ingredients Needed

The printable recipe card with the full list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.

  • Flour: I’m using regular all purpose flour in this recipe
  • Oil: make sure you use a neutral oil, like vegetable, canola or rapeseed. This is going to make your mug cake super fluffy and moist.
  • Molasses: molasses is what gives the gingerbread mug cake it’s delicious taste. If you’re based in the UK you can use treacle instead.
  • Spices: I use a few different spices to give that gingerbread taste, this includes cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Using fresh spices and not ones that have been around for 3 years is going to make a huge difference!

How to make this recipe

Step 1: Whisk together all of the dry ingredients until there are no more lumps.

Step 2: Add in your wet ingredients, folding to make sure there are no pockets of flour left.

Step 3: Place in your microwave and cook for 1:30 to 2 minutes. Note, this completely depends on your microwave! It may take less time or longer.

Step 4: Let the cake cool for a few minutes before eating. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Recipe Tips

  • Baking times in the microwave will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave, so please keep that in mind when cooking the mug cake! The higher the watts, the faster it will cook.
  • Choose your mug wisely. The batter shouldn’t fill up more than half of the mug, otherwise it will overflow when it’s cooking. Also make sure your mug is microwave safe!
  • Allow your mug cake to cool a bit before adding whipped cream, or it will melt right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are mug cakes safe to eat?Yes! Because you’re microwaving the batter, you’re heat treating the flour making it safe to eat. And since there are no eggs in this recipe, this mug cake is safe to eat.

What other toppings can I add?Add ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts.. there are so many options!

Can I store the mug cake?No, I recommend eating the mug cake while it is fresh!

Try these simple recipes next!

Hot Cocoa Mug Cake (Egg Free)

Biscoff Rice Krispie Treats

Red Velvet Mug Cake

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Twists

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Recipe details
  • 1  serving
  • Prep time: 3 Minutes Cook time: 2 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • ▢ 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ▢ 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ▢ pinch salt
  • ▢ 2 teaspoons molasses
  • ▢ 3 tablespoons milk
  • ▢ 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ▢ 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ▢ pinch ground nutmeg
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a jug or small bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Make sure there are no lumps.
Pour in the wet ingredients and whisk, making sure there are no flour pockets left and the batter is smooth.
Pour your batter into your mug. You don't want the batter to take up over half of the mug, otherwise it will overflow in the microwave.
Cook in your microwave for 1-2 minutes, might took about a minute and a half to cook on high but please note that microwaves vary on the wattage.
Let cool for about 5 minutes then eat!
  • Storage: I don’t recommend storing the mug cake, it is best eaten soon after cooking.
  • Cooking Time: the cooking time depends on the wattage of your microwave, it can take 1-2 minutes. The higher the wattage, the faster it will cook.
  • Mug Size: Don’t use a mug that is too small or it will overflow! Ideally the batter should take up about half of the mug before cooking.
  • Additions: Add sprinkles, whipped cream, or ice cream to your mug cake!
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