You don't need lots of time or equipment to bake a delicious cake; in fact you don't even need an oven! Here's my pick of the best mug cake recipes to add a little indulgence to your day.
Nutella mug cake
This delightful mug cake recipe needs just six basic ingredients; eggs, flour, sugar, oil, milk and Nutella. The entire baking process takes between 50 and 90 seconds in the microwave, making it the perfect quick, sweet treat indulgence.
Get the recipe from Sandhya's Kitchen.
Gluten free microwave banana cake
Making a delightful gluten-free dessert doesn't have to be complex nor does it need a number of specialist ingredients and this mug cake is here to prove it. Made from ripe bananas, brown sugar and gluten-free flour, this single-serving dessert is perfect for those with coeliac disease or a sensitivity to gluten.
Get the recipe from Fearless Dining
Chocolate keto mug cake
It's no secret that following a keto diet can really the foods you're able to eat. However, this keto-friendly mug cake proves there's still an opportunity to have a wonderful sweet treat when those chocolate cravings come knocking. It's made with almond flour, butter, cocoa powder, baking powder, sea salt, granulated xylitol and eggs.
Get the recipe from Diabetes Strong
Chocolate lava mug cake
This chocolate lava mug cake is sure to leave you wanting more! Better yet, it can be whipped up and ready to eat in under five minutes, meaning you can totally make a second helping without anyone knowing you ever finished the first!
Get the recipe from Pumpkin 'n Spice
Vanilla mug cake
This vanilla mug cake is incredibly refreshing and ideal for those looking for an instant sweet, satisfying treat. Better yet, you won't need to run to the shop for this one as it's made from common ingredients that you'll likely already have in your cupboards at home.
Get the recipe from Fantabulosity
Vegan lemon blueberry mug cake
This vegan lemon blueberry mug cake isn't just vegan-friendly, it can also be adapted to be free from gluten too. Made in as little as five minutes in the oven or the microwave, it's incredibly satisfying and full of fruity flavour.
Get the recipe from Rhian's Recipes
Vegan peanut butter mug cake
If you love peanut butter as much as I do then this vegan peanut butter mug cake is for you. Whipped up in under five minutes, the recipe can easily be adapted depending on what you already have at home, as well as to suit any allergies and intolerances.
Get the recipe from Kitchen Treaty
Apple cinnamon mug cake
This autumn-inspired mug cake is perfect for using up leftover apples. The recipe is incredibly simple to follow and made from a handful of ingredients you've likely already got in the pantry.
Get the recipe from Cheap Recipe Blog
Spiced pumpkin molten mug cake
Another autumn-inspired mug cake recipe is this spiced pumpkin molten mug cake. If you love it, the good news is that the recipe can be easily adapted from a mug cake into a full-sized cake to serve six to eight. And that's great because once you've tried this you're sure to want more.
Get the recipe from Vikalinka
Funfetti birthday cake in a mug
No birthday is complete without a birthday cake. However, there's not always time or inclination to bake a full size cake! This incredible funfetti birthday cake is perfect when you need just enough for a fun-size celebration. With funfetti flavours, it's a personal celebratory treat that can be ready in minutes.
Get the recipe from Well If She Can Do It
Snickerdoodle mug cake
Don't let the name throw you. This American-inspired snickerdoodle mug cake doesn't need any special ingredients or chocolate. It's actually named after a light and delicious cinnamon cookie and is beyond delicious.
Get the recipe from Recipes from a Pantry
Keto paleo vanilla mug cake
Another incredible take on a keto dessert is this delicious vanilla mug cake. It's also suitable for those following the paleo diet. With a satisfyingly sweet flavour, this mug cake is made from nine basic ingredients, with lots of advice on how to adapt it to your diet, intolerances and what you already have at home.
Get the recipe from Wholesome Yum
Vegan snickerdoodle mug cake
Another take on the snickerdoodle in mug cake form and this time it's vegan. Consider adding extra flavour by finishing the dessert with dairy-free whipped cream, dairy-free cream cheese frosting or dairy-free ice cream.
Get the recipe from A Virtual Vegan
Vegan banana bread mug cake
This banana bread mug cake is perfect for overripe bananas. Gluten-free, vegan, oil-free and free from refined sugar it's healthy, fuss-free and can be made up and ready to eat in under five minutes - what's not to love!?
Get the recipe from Okonomi Kitchen
Chocolate caramel s’mores mug cake
This chocolate caramel s’mores mug cake takes the classic chocolate mug cake and then steps it up a notch or ten by serving it with crackers, caramel chocolates and marshmallows. Gluten-free and ready in a matter of minutes it's the most indulgent mug cake I've ever seen!
Get the recipe from Savory Spin
Healthy banana mug cake
This healthy banana mug cake is made from just eight basic ingredients (nine if you decide to top with icing - yes please!). At just over 300 Kcal per serving, it's the perfect dinner dessert after a hard day.
Get the recipe from The Live-In Kitchen
Healthy peanut butter mug cake
Another healthy mug cake is this vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and egg-free peanut butter mug cake. How is that even possible? The secret is coconut flour!
Get the recipe from Scrummy Lane
Carrot cake mug cake
This carrot cake mug cake is sure to make your mouth water. Made with cream cheese frosting and ready in under five minutes, it's got all the fun of a carrot cake without the hassle.
Get the recipe from The Bitterside of Sweet
Vegan chocolate mug cake
This vegan chocolate mug cake is so good, you'll want to eat it each and every day of the week! Naturally sweetened, easily adaptable and made from just a handful of ingredients it's the perfect chocolate hit for a dairy-free, egg-free diet!
Get the recipe from The Live-In Kitchen
Cinnamon roll mug cake
It takes a lot of effort to make a full batch of cinnamon rolls and even more willpower to not eat them all in one sitting. One way to get the cinnamon roll love into your life without the kneading, proving and shaping is to whip up a single serving in the form of this delicious cinnamon roll mug cake, which can be made in under five minutes!
Get the recipe from Moms and Munchkins
Gluten-free chocolate chip mug cake
Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and nut-free - there's a lot to love about this little chocolate chip mug cake. I recommend serving with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice-cream for that melt in your mouth experience.
Get the recipe from The Fit Cookie
Low carb carrot cake mug cake
This low-carb carrot cake mug is ideal when you're looking for a single serving of carrot cake without the sugar crash. To make this 5 minute mug cake, you'll just need a handful of common ingredients plus your favourite sweetener.
Get the recipe from The Foodie Affair
Microwave apple crisp in a mug
This isn't quite a cake, but I couldn't resist adding it into this list anyway as it's simply incredible. The fresh apples are mixed in sugar, walnuts and a handful of other ingredients before being quickly baked to leave you with a deliciously crispy apple delight, ready to be tucked into.
Get the recipe from It's A Veg World
Gluten free lemon mug cake
If you love my lemon drizzle cake then you're definitely going to love this gluten-free lemon mug cake. Made from just six ingredients and ready in a matter of minutes, it's the perfect single serving of tasty lemon zest in cake form.
Get the recipe from Fearless Dining.
3-ingredient vegan biscoff mug cake
This vegan biscoff mug cake is made from just four ingredients; flour, baking powder, biscoff biscuits and unsweetened almond milk. Mix, zap in the microwave and serve with a scattering of chopped pistachios.
Get the recipe from Rhian's Recipes
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