You can't really go wrong with cake. What you can go wrong with however is not having a constant supply of cake, to fuel any cake cravings that might spring themselves upon you at very short notice.
The mug cake is here to combat that dilemma. It is extremely difficult to find a mug cake recipe that will take you more than around 5 minutes to make, add this convenience to the fact that a mug acts as perfect portion control for one person and the lack of cleaning up required, and you have yourself a pretty perfect concept in my opinion.
Winter is the perfect time to dive right into experimenting with mug cake recipes, as what better way is there to warm your wind chilled hands than a mug filled to the brim with cake, right out the microwave.
Mug Cake Recipes
1. Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and cream flavored anything are bound to be amazing, and this mug cake looks like it's no exception.
I personally really love white chocolate, so the fact that this base uses that instead of regular milk chocolate makes it a winner for me.
2. Dulce de Leche Mug Cake
This dulce de leche mug cake looks like someone with a sweet tooth's absolute heaven. Caramel is the perfect autumn flavor, and dulce de leche is the most perfect and smooth form of caramel.
Not that it needs anything added to it, but you could definitely mix in some apple to get that caramel apple feel.
3. Chocolate Fudge S'mores Mug Cake
One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was to sit in front of the fire at my Granny's house toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. This S'mores mug cake incorporates those two things perfectly for me.
This winter, swap out your usual evening cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows for its mug cake equivalent.
4. White Chocolate and Matcha Tea Mug Cake
The raspberries in this white chocolate and matcha mug cake don't only add the most amazing pop of color, but also a sharpness to balance out the sweetness of the white chocolate.
White chocolate and raspberries are one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I can only begin to imagine the wonderful things that the matcha tea flavor would add to that.
5. Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake
Many of us need a little coffee fix at some point throughout the day and what better way to get that than with this chocolate espresso mug cake.
Even if you're not a coffee drinker, the mix of coffee flavor with chocolate makes it subtle, and you could choose to add in a little more or less coffee as you wish.
6. Molten Chocolate Mug Cake
Nothing quite beats breaking open a chocolate cake and seeing its molten, gooey chocolatey center flow out.
With this molten chocolate mug cake, that spectacle is made even more achievable, with such a simple step by step recipe that you can recreate it again and again with ease.
7. Banana Mug Cake
The glistening top of this banana mug cake just makes me want to dive right into it.
Banana cakes are the perfect way to use up bananas that you might have forgotten about, and with this easy recipe you can whip up a portion in a matter of minutes.
8. Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Mug Cake
If this Nutella swirled pumpkin mug cake doesn't sound like the perfect autumn treat then I don't know what does.
Taking the classic autumnal flavor of pumpkin and mixing the hazelnut chocolate flavor of Nutella through it makes for a recipe that I can't wait to run home and try.
9. Classic Coffee Mug Cake
This classic coffee mug cake not only looks incredible, but it also uses the healthiest ingredients possible, to make your tucking in totally guilt free.
The salted caramel drizzled over the top in the photo is optional, but if you have the option then why on earth would you not?
10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mug Cake
If eating raw cookie dough weren't as bad for me as it is, I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Luckily for me, this chocolate chip cookie dough mug cake provides me with an alternative that is just as delicious, and maybe slightly more healthy.
11. Funfetti Mug Cake
This funfetti mug cake looks like it has been made by fairies, and I am all for that.
Having the funfetti running through the cakes puts a welcoming spin on the regular vanilla cake, and these would look so cute as little party favors at a birthday.
12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
Chocolate and peanut butter are two things in life that are just meant to be together.
In this chocolate peanut butter mug cake, I can imagine the sweetness of that chocolate mixed with the saltiness of the peanut butter, and just the thought puts a smile on my face.
13. Lemon Mug Cake
Lemon drizzle is one of my favorite flavors of cake, so as soon as I saw this lemon mug cake recipe I was instantly drawn in.
You would never guess that such a yummy result could come from such a simple recipe.
14. Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake
Anything that combines apple and cinnamon together is bound to be an absolute winner, especially as the cold is settling in for the winter.
To make this apple cinnamon mug cake even more impressive than it already is, this recipe is gluten-free.
15. Red Velvet Mug Cake
A few years ago, my mum made me an epic red velvet cake for my birthday, and ever since I often crave red velvet cake.
I was so pleased when I came across this red velvet mug cake recipe, with the prospect that I could make my own little copy of that amazing cake, whenever I want and with ease.
16. Tiramisu Mug Cake
Tiramisu always sounds so fancy to me. You see it on restaurant menus, but it's not necessarily something you would think to make for yourself.
Once again a mug cake recipe comes to the rescue, and this tiramisu mug cake looks like it would transport you all the way to Italy in a matter of minutes.
17. Blueberry Mug Cake
I love the look of this blueberry mug cake as a little breakfast treat.
Of course, it could be eaten at any time of the day, but I think that the thought of making this in the morning would just be enough to peel me out from under my cozy blankets.
18. Gingerbread Mug Cake
I am a firm believer that it is never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, and a great way to do that without going too over the top is with food, just like this gingerbread mug cake.
I am most definitely going to have to find myself some of these mini gingerbread man decorations that they have on top too, they look just too cute to go through this festive season without.
19. Pumpkin Mug Cake
This pumpkin mug cake recipe is one of the best kinds, as it literally involves popping everything into a mug, giving it a little mix and putting it in the microwave. Easy peasy.
20. Salted Caramel Mug Cake
I like to imagine that salted caramel goes well with everything. It is one of my favorite flavors, and this salted caramel mug cake looks absolutely divine.
The runny caramel just pours out of the inside, covering the cake in the most amazing sauce.
21. Doughnut Mug Cake
I have never seen anything like these doughnut mug cakes before and I cannot wait to give them go.
Not only will they taste amazing, but they look so fun, and there is no limit to how creative you could be with frostings and toppings.
22. Carrot Cake Mug Cake
To me, carrot cake is a real comfort cake. The spices and flavors are always so warming and lovely.
I would definitely have to cover this carrot cake mug cake in cream cheese frosting, as I think the two would go so well together.
23. Apple Crumble Mug Cake
This apple crumble mug cake takes me right back to my British roots.
The idea of cozying up on the sofa with a mug of apple crumble in one hand and a mug of tea in the other is just my idea of a heavenly autumn evening.
24. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake
There are so many different variations of a classic cinnamon roll, and this cinnamon roll mug cake is definitely one that I want to try.
This recipe only takes a matter of minutes and eliminates all the tricky steps in making a normal cinnamon roll.
25. Brownie Mug Cake
Everybody loves a good brownie, and the case is no different with this brownie mug cake.
This is perfect because instead of having to whip up a full batch whenever you crave some chocolatey goodness, you can easily make one just for you.
26. Cappuccino Mug Cake
This cappuccino mug cake looks like it could be easily mistaken for a fancy drink from your favorite coffee shop.
I personally would dig into this with another mug filled with hot chocolate on standby.
Now that you've probably got all your favorite mugs covering the kitchen surfaces, just waiting to be filled with one of these yummy mug cake recipes, there really is only one thing for it. Get experimenting.
Because of the cold weather and autumnal atmosphere that is taking over my life at present, I think I am going to start by trying out one of the recipes with classic autumn flavors. Maybe I'll go for the pumpkin and Nutella, or maybe the gingerbread. Probably both.
Which of these recipes are you desperate to try out for yourself?