Microwave mug cake recipes

mug cake

Whether you're a chocolate fiend, craving the comfort of a traditional syrup pudding or fancy something a bit different (yes, you can do meringues in the microwave), read on for the mug cake recipes you never knew needed adding to your repertoire

Chocolate microwave mug cake

Want a quick and easy pudding that won't have you washing up every mixing bowl in the house? This chocolate microwave mug cake is ready in five minutes and is so easy to make, you could even get the kids involved (although we can't guarantee there'll be any less mess than with a standard chocolate cake).


  • 30g plain flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/8 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a microwave-safe mug.
  2. Stir in the milk, oil, water and vanilla extract.
  3. Cook in the microwave until the cake is done in the middle, so about 1 minute and 45 seconds.

Microwave mug brownie

If there's anything better than cake, then we say it's cake that takes all of two minutes to cook. We're particularly enjoying the brilliantly easy bung-it-all-in-a-mug-and-stir method for this microwave mug brownie.

brownie mug cake


  • 1 drop vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 handful chocolate chips or coconut or a few nuts
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa unsweetened


  1. Place all the ingredients in a mug.
  2. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Put the mug in the microwave and cook for somewhere between one and two minutes at the highest heat until the brownie is almost done in the middle.

Handy hints:

  • Eat your microwave brownie while hot or warm.
  • Serve with a dollop of ice cream.

Microwave golden syrup sponge pudding

There's nothing quite like a traditional sponge pudding. This one takes up to six minutes to cook – so a little longer than some mug cakes – but it's totally worth it for the nostalgia trip.

microwave golden syrup pudding


  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 125g butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup


  1. Put the golden syrup in the bottom of a glass dish (either a pudding basin or one of those little Pyrex ones).
  2. Mix together the remaining ingredients
  3. Spoon the sponge mix over the syrup and microwave until done – probably between four and six minutes – stirring every now and then.

Handy hint:

  • This pudding continues to cook a little once taken out, so bear that in mind.

Microwave meringues

There's something about meringue that strikes fear into the hearts of the most skilled bakers. Will it sink? Will it stick to the tray? Will it have that perfectly light gooeyness? Enter, then, this microwave meringue recipe – it's so easy, we can guarantee you'll be whipping up perfect meringues from your first go.

microwave meringues


  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1 egg white


  1. Separate the egg white from the yolk.
  2. Mix in the icing sugar until the consistency is mouldable in your hands.
  3. Roll small amounts of the mixture into marble sized balls and place four of these on a piece of kitchen roll on a cold plate, being sure to space them out.
  4. Place in the microwave for one to two minutes on full power.
  5. Once they have grown, the meringues will need about a further 20-30 seconds to dry out in the middle. The exact time will depend upon the power of your microwave.

Handy hint:

  • Try using three or four plates in rotation to help prevent them from getting too hot. The meringues can be hot inside so allow to cool before eating. Serve with cream, ice cream or fruit – or all three.

More quick and easy microwave recipes

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