This easy cinnamon roll microwave mug cake recipe is made with just eight simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now. It’s the perfect treat when you’re craving a little something sweet. In just over a minute, you can be indulging in a scrumptious moist single-sized cinnamon roll flavored cake. Just because this cake’s made in the microwave, doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious!

Cinnamon Roll Microwave Mug Cake in white mug and a spoonful of cake to the side

This post was originally posted on 5/12/2015. It was republished on 3/7/20 with new content.

OMG, you guys. This cinnamon roll microwave mug cake recipe has become one of my family’s favorite desserts to make.

The simplest healthier treat, yet incredibly moist, easy, and the best single-serving dessert out there (to share or not to share)!

Mug cake for one or two!

Microwavable mug cakes are so convenient, especially if you live in a dorm and don’t have access to an oven or you just don’t want to fire it up.

You likely have ALL the ingredients in your pantry already. When you get that late night craving? Or want a small batch dessert (and not whip out a giant baking pan to make brownies to nip that craving)? This mug dessert IS FOR YOU!! If you haven’t made this yet, you are 100% missing out.

mixing mug cake ingredients in a white mug with a small bowl of cinnamon on the side

The BEST Mug Cake recipe out there!

Seriously though, you’re probably so over mug cakes and you’re probably rolling your eyes at me right now but STOP! I promise you, this isn’t like any other mug cake out there. Read all of the POSITIVE reviews in the comment section.

I’ve tried a bunch of mug cakes and I hated them.

I thought they were a really neat concept for a quick dessert fix, but nothing would ever beat baking an entire cake or cupcake. I hated that all the mug cakes came out SPONGY and they had the grossest texture. But not this one! I feel like the secret to a light, tender, amazing texture in mug cakes comes from leaving out the eggs. That’s right! No egg in this recipe. It’s not only easier to make a mug cake without an egg, but it turns out so much tastier!

Even my picky kiddos loved this single-serve mug cake recipe. They’re such huge fans, we’ve already made this more times than I could count. Even for a special breakfast treat! They have all of the flavors of your favorite cinnamon roll, but without any of the rolling and waiting.

mug cake in a white mug with cinnamon topping swirled on top

What is a mug cake?

I still seem to get this question a lot and a mug cake is literally as it sounds. A cake that is made in a mug! It’s great because you don’t need to whip out a bunch of tools to make this simple mug cake. You can even just pop it in the microwave and it’s done in a matter of minutes!

How do you make this mug cake?

This mug cake recipe could not be easier! If you don’t believe me, watch the video tutorial below. To whip this mug cake up, start by greasing a microwavable mug with cooking spray, butter or oil. Then, mix together flour (or I love to use Kodiak Cake pancake mix), baking powder, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and oil (or melted butter) inside the mug. Add 1-2 tablespoons more of milk, if needed for consistency. You want the batter to stay thick, but not be too dry.

Now for the cinnamon topping, whisk together brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle it over the top of the mug cake batter in the mug. Use the tip of a knife to swirl the cinnamon mixture into the top of the batter.

Cinnamon Roll Microwave Mug Cake in a white mug with a silver spoon on the side

Can this mug muffin be made in the oven?

I personally have not cooked this particular mug cake recipe in the oven. Feel free to experiment, though, and give it a try. Based on some other similar mug cake recipes, if I were going to try this one in the oven, I would bake at 350ºF for about 14 minutes. If you give it a try, please comment on this post and let us know how it worked out for you.

microwave mug cake recipe in a white mug with a bite taken out

This mug cake recipe is my go-to when I want a perfectly portioned, tasty sweet treat! Use Kodiak Cakes pancake mix and this mug cake is healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast or a snack! And feel free to experiment – replace the cinnamon swirl topping with mini chocolate chips or sprinkles.

Tutorial

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If you try this mug cake recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and if your family loves it as much as mine does, be sure to give it a five star ⭐️ rating! Also, tag @kimscravings on Instagram with a picture of your creation. It’s so fun to see what you’re cooking! Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive more healthy delicious recipes straight to your inbox.

cinnamon mug cake in a white mug with silver spoon in the cake
cinnamon roll microwave mug cake in a white mug with one spoonful taken out
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4.41 from 142 votes
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Roll Microwave Mug Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 mug cake)
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.8g9%
Saturated Fat 4.5g28%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 109.4mg5%
Carbohydrates 48.5g16%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 22.6g25%
Protein 4.2g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:1 mug cake
Cinnamon Roll Microwave Mug Cake
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 min
Total Time:
6 mins
 

This easy cinnamon roll microwave mug cake is the perfect treat when you’re craving a little something sweet!

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour or Kodiak Cakes pancake mix*
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk + 1-2 tablespoons more, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or melted butter**
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Spray a microwavable mug with cooking spray and then mix together flour (or pancake mix), baking powder, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and oil (or melted butter) inside. Add 1-2 tablespoons more of milk, if needed for desired consistency. You want the batter to stay thick, but not dry.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the mixture in mug. Use the tip of a knife to swirl cinnamon mix into the top of the batter.
  3. Microwave on high for about 1 minute and 25 seconds. Take out of the microwave and if desired transfer muffin to a plate. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

*All purpose flour or (my personal favorite) Kodiak Cakes Flapjack mix will lend the best results. I've also successfully used spelt flour. Other flours will likely work, but may change the texture of the cake. If using pancake mix, leave out the baking powder.

**Any oil or melted butter will work.

Please note that ALL microwaves are different therefore can yield different results and can overcook this mug cake if you aren't careful. When trying this recipe for the first time, you might want to start with a 60-70 second cooking time at 100% power. 

No eggs? Correct. There are NO EGGS in this recipe. Why? Egg is what makes the mug cake spongy. If you think about it, when you bake a full-sized cake, you typically use 1 or 2 eggs...for a mug cake to use 1 egg is A LOT!

I’ve also enjoyed this mug cake without the brown sugar topping and with a little jam. Delicious either way!

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim Lee
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon roll microwave mug cake, healthy mug cake recipe, microwave mug cake

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