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The Only Sticky Mug Cake Recipe You’ll Ever Need [Vegan]

I’ve always been an adamant microwave hater, up until this afternoon. Here is proof that, when provided with adequately convincing reasons, negative opinions can change. I find that a fluffy, moist, no fuss, single-serving sticky cake that’s basically ready in five minutes is a pretty darn adequately convincing reason not to hate microwaves (so much) anymore.

mug cake 2

I’ve always found the idea of making a microwave mug cake appealing, but could never quite muster the willpower to sit down, find a recipe (amongst the millions out there), gather the ingredients and get the kitchen in a mess just for one little pudding. The main reason, however, was that the recipe-finding bit always took me so long that I was fed up of it before I even started! So I came up with a super-simple, five-minute base recipe to curb that after-dinner pudding craving – it’s up to you if you want to add to it. I’ve added a few variation ideas at the bottom, and that’s all you need really. I’m a fan of the gooey, melt-in-the-middle chocolate version myself. Works wonders with Plamil’s classic  organic spread.

mug cake dry

mug cake above making

What I like about this is that not only does the recipe exclude the use of eggs, there’s actually no need for a substitute either. After browsing also a lot of non-vegan recipes, I’ve found that many food bloggers avoid using them all together, as they would make the cake too spongy: if you think about it, a full sized cake only ever requires a couple of them anyway. I also like that this is a basic building block on which you may add any flavour you fancy – many recipes out there, albeit looking and sounding absolutely delicious, in my opinion make too much of an effort to come up with specific, over-complicated flavours (peanut butter variations are a commonplace I’ve found), rather than concentrating on what a mug cake really is: something super quick, easy to make, easily adjusted to suit one’s personal taste. If I was going to take any longer than 10 minutes, I’d probably consider making a proper oven-baked cake. Just saying.

mug cake ingredients mug cake above

Vegan Mug Cake, Base Recipe

{ Ingredients (makes one mug) }

Dry ingredients:
1/4 cup – or 32g – flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp – or 28g – brown sugar (I did 1/2 granulated, 1/2 muscovado)
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
a pinch of salt

Wet ingredients:
25g coconut oil, melted*
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp – or 75ml – oat milk

*If you don’t like coconut oil, or find the taste of it too strong, use a milder tasting oil instead. The result won’t be exactly the same in consistency, but the cake will have a milder taste.

{ Method }

  1. First of all mix your dry ingredients in a bowl, and make sure they’re all nicely combined.
  2. Whisk in the oat milk and coconut oil and mix to combine, until you have a smooth mixture.
  3. For a simple vanilla margherita cake, add the 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract).
  4. Transfer your mixture to a mug – make sure you don’t fill it by more than 2/3 or it might overflow.
  5. Microwave on high* for 1 minute and 10 seconds – I guess you could put the mixture in a little ramekin and oven bake it instead, if you’re a microwave hater.
  6. Devour (trying not to burn your tongue in the process). You could drizzle some of this amazing Almondmilk Caramel Sauce on it, or top it with some Coconut Whipped Cream (this would really bring the coconut oil favour out). Or how about a dollop of this one-ingredient Creamy Banana Ice Cream?

*I used a 900W microwave, but yours might be different. Remember, the lower the wattage, the longer the cooking time.


Gooey chocolate: add 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder to the dry ingredients. Omit the vanilla bean paste, and add a dollop of your favourite chocolate spread on top of the mixture in the cup before popping it in the microwave (there’s no need to push it down, just let it sit on top.. it’ll sink as the cake rises).

Mint chocolate chip: add 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder to the dry ingredients. Omit the vanilla bean paste, add 1 tsp peppermint extract to the wet ingredients, and a few chunks of bitter dark chocolate to the mixture before you transfer it to the mug.

Amaretto: add 1 tsp almond extract along with the vanilla bean paste, and a few roughly chopped almonds to the mixture before you transfer it to the mug (make it boozy with a little splash of Disaronno in the bottom of the mug before you add the cake mixture).

Jammie Dodger: add a dollop of your favourite jam on top of the vanilla cake mixture in before popping the mug in the microwave (again, there’s no need to push it down, just let it sit on top.. it’ll sink as the cake rises. Just make sure the jam isn’t too runny).

1 Comment

  1. Eve says

    Yum! The only person I know with a microwave, just sent it to the recycling…I’m on a mission now, with my mug. Thank you :)

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