Mug Cake

cup of tea beside a mug cake
My celebration gingerbread mug cake.

This is a great simple, quick recipe to make if you’re looking for something sweet but don’t have much time (or energy) to make anything too big. It literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish, and you can add flavours to the basic mix for something different. My favourite is the chocolate mug cake (with added chocolate bits for something a little more decadent), but the gingerbread one is a close second.

Basic Mix

4 tablespoons SR flour

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons veg oil

2 tablespoons sugar (can adjust down as this is quite sweet)

1 egg


  • 1 tablespoon cocoa for chocolate cake
  • chocolate bits for added decadence – dark, milk, white, whichever is your favourite.
  • 1 teaspoon each of ground ginger and mixed spice for gingerbread (less sugar – or swap to brown sugar – plus squirt of golden syrup also optional).


To Make

Mix dry ingredients together in a large mug. Add all wet ingredients and mix through. Bake in the microwave for 3 minutes.

Optional: Mix in a bowl and split between up to 4 ramekins or 2 smaller mugs. Makes a great quick dessert with ice cream, custard and cream.

If you make the mug cake, I’d love to see it! You can email me at mail at or if you put a photo up on social media, tag me (srsilcox everywhere) so I can drool over it *grin*

Mug Cake printable PDF