2-Minute Microwave Mug Cake Recipes For Kids To Relish

Wondering how to make a quick and simple dessert that even your child could help you make? Look no further! Here are some easy mug cake recipes that you can make at home in just two minutes!

By Chef Sheeba Tilsley  • 8 min read

2-Minute Microwave Mug Cake Recipes For Kids To Relish

Imagine just having finished dinner after a long day, and your family suddenly asking for dessert. Or sitting down for tea in the evening and realising some cake would’ve been lovely. Imagine baking a cake in under five minutes. Sounds impossible? Well, it’s not!

Introducing five tried and tested recipes of microwave mug cakes, which take just under two minutes to cook. No fuss, no fancy equipment or baking pans required – not even an oven. What’s not to like in a microwave mug cake? Try these once, and you’ll be hooked for life.

My eight-year-old daughter, Serene absolutely loves mug cakes. She says, “The best part about mug cakes, is that mummy and I can make cake together whenever we feel like eating it. It takes only 2 minutes to make, and we finish it within 2 minutes too.”

Quick and easy microwave mug cake recipes

Here are some microwave mug cakes you and your kid can make together. It’s not only a fun activity for the kids, but they also get to eat some yummy cake at the end of it. Remember to make the cakes in ‘microwave safe’ mugs or bowls only, and in the ‘Microwave Mode’, and not in the usual ‘Heat Food Mode’ on your oven.

On to some yummy recipes now!

1. Brownie mug cake (eggless)

2-Minute Microwave Mug Cake Recipes For Kids To Relish

Ingredients (makes 2)

  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • a pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 whole walnut

Method

  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Pour the batter into 2 microwaveable mugs.
  3. Garnish the batter with crushed walnuts.
  4. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, and voila your cake is ready!
  5. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

2. Chocolate lava mug cake

2-Minute Microwave Mug Cake Recipes For Kids To Relish

Ingredients

  • 30g flour
  • 50g sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 4 to 5 squares of any chocolate you have
  • 3 tbsp water

Method

  1. In a bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder.
  2. Now mix in the melted butter, milk, vanilla essence and egg, until there are no lumps. Pour into 3 microwaveable mugs.
  3. Place the chocolate pieces on top and pour the water right on top of this.
  4. Microwave for 1½ minutes, or just until the cake rises, when the sides look cooked, and the centre is still wet (do not over bake, or the cake will be dry).
  5. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, before serving, so that the chocolate inside thickens a little.

3. Mango mug cake (eggless)

2-Minute Microwave Mug Cake Recipes For Kids To Relish

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (sunflower oil, or any oil that doesn’t have a strong smell)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp milk powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp white choco chips
  • a pinch of salt

Method

  1. In a microwaveable mug, add the essence, milk, oil and mix well.
  2. Add sugar, flour, milk powder, baking soda, baking powder and white choco chips, mix until just combined.
  3. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, and garnish with mango cubes.

4. Blueberry cheese cake in a mug

2-Minute Microwave Mug Cake Recipes For Kids To Relish

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 115g cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 slightly beaten egg whites
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp blueberry jam (or strawberry jam)
  • 1 tbsp crumbled digestive biscuits

Method

  1. Beat the cream cheese with a whisk, until light and fluffy in a bowl.
  2. Add in the heavy cream, vanilla essence, egg whites, flour, sugar and lemon juice.
  3. Pour into two microwaveable mugs and swirl in the blueberry jam with a spoon.
  4. Cheesecakes tend to overcook easily. Microwave just until the centre starts bubbling. (It is important to just microwave for short, 20-second intervals until the sides are cooked, and the centre looks wet and jiggly. Depending on your microwave, this could take as little as 40 seconds. Do not overcook, or the texture will become rubbery.)
  5. Once done, refrigerate until fully chilled. If there is any liquid on top, spoon it out.
  6. Garnish with the biscuit crumbs on top (and more blueberry jam if you want) and serve!

5. Vanilla-sprinkles mug cake (eggless)

2-Minute Microwave Mug Cake Recipes For Kids To Relish

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • a pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 whole walnut
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp sprinkles

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour the batter into 2 microwaveable mugs.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes.

See? It is definitely possible to make this simple and delicious dessert in such quick time. However, timings for the cooking may vary, depending on the wattage of the microwave. The recipes above were made in a 1200-watt microwave. If the wattage of your microwave is lower, then it will take just a minute or two longer.

About the author:

Written by Chef Sheeba Tilsley on 16 July 2019; updated on 25 June 2020

The author is a passionate homebaker and mompreneur at 33 Cakes. Follow 33Cakes on Facebook and Instagram.

Also read: 10 Yummy Smoothie Recipes For Your Kids

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