18 Best Microwave Cake Recipes

Check out these amazing microwave cake recipes and you could be enjoying a delicious cake in minutes.
Chocolate Mug Cake in a red mug with cinnamon sticks and spoon by side, on checked napkin
Chocolate microwave cake in a mug © DepositPhotos / serezniy

The best thing about microwave cakes is that they are so quick and easy to make!

If you bake a cake in the oven, you need to pre-heat the oven and then hang around for half an hour or more while you wait for the cake to bake.

You can be eating your cake within minutes if you cook it in the microwave instead.

Perfect for when you need that chocolate brownie fix!

My first ever microwave cake was a classic chocolate mug cake, and I was surprised how easy it was to make, and how rich, moist and delicious it turned out.

Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for different tasty microwave cake recipes to add variety to my mug cake repertoire.

Here is my collection of microwave cake recipes for you to try.

Some of them are classic mug cakes, but there are some surprises in there! How about Banana Split Cake or Apple Crumble Cake?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug from Chocolate Covered Katie

Tiny chocolate cake with sugar frosting on top and piece cut out
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug © Chocolate Covered Katie

This cute recipe shows you how to make a perfect miniature cake in less than 2 minutes.

If you ice your cake with Katie’s Healthy Coffee Fudge Frosting it will look good enough to share – but you won’t want to!


Nutter Butter Mug Cakes from Spend With Pennies

Mug cake with chocolate chips on top and Nutter Butter biscuits next to it
Nutter Butter Mug Cake © Spend With Pennies

Who would have thought that ground-up Nutter Butter biscuits would make such a delicious mug cake?

You can add a scoop of peanut butter or Nutella to give a different texture and flavor.


Chocolate Mug Cake from Just So Tasty

Two white mugs containing chocolate microwave cake, and ice cream on top of front one
Chocolate Mug Cake © Just So Tasty

Fiona from Just So Tasty describes this classic chocolate microwave mug cake as somewhere between a brownie and a slice of chocolate heaven!

It has everything you’d expect from a chocolate mug cake: it’s gooey, tasty, fudgy and moist.


Snickerdoodle Mug Cake from Five Heart Home

Snickerdoodle mug cake with cinnamon sugar on top in white mug
Snickerdoodle Mug Cake © Five Heart Home

If you’ve never had snickerdoodles, this is the perfect way to try them.

Layers of cinnamon cookie dough and cinnamon sugar make a delicious snickerdoodle-style cake in under 5 minutes from start to finish!


1 Minute Banana Split Mug Cake from Nutrition in the Kitch

Cake on patterned plate with sliced banana and strawberry on top
1 Minute Banana Split Mug Cake © Nutrition in the Kitch

You’ll love this delicious banana split especially if you’re looking for a gluten or dairy-free microwave cake recipe.

It creates a soft rich banana cake, perfect for an evening treat, that you can top with all sorts of extra goodies.


Microwave Strawberry Vanilla Mug Cake from Averie Cooks

A microwave cake with sauce, cut in half, on a blue plate
Strawberry Mug Cake © Averie Cooks

This recipe comes with a tasty extra – a vanilla buttercream glaze to make it even more delicious.

Just “bake” the cake ingredients in the microwave for around 90 seconds, whilst you melt the buttercream in a pan. So quick and easy – and so tempting!


Peanut Butter Mug Cake from Chocolate Covered Katie

Tiny layered chocolate cake with chocolate chips on a saucer with fork
Peanut Butter Mug Cake © Chocolate Covered Katie

This is one of the most splendid looking microwave cakes I have ever seen!

Multiple layers of delicious chocolate peanut butter sponge spread with your favorite frosting.


Healthy Whole-Wheat Minute Muffins from It’s Always Autumn

Whole wheat mug cake microwaved in white mug
Healthy Whole Wheat Minute Muffins © Its Always Autumn

This healthy muffin is an ideal quick breakfast that only takes around a minute to cook.

The recipe shows you how to make a batch of muffins, perfect for fuelling up the family in the morning.


Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake from Loving It Vegan

Vanilla sponge mug cake with cream and sprinkles in a white mug
Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake © Loving It Vegan

Here’s a light and fluffy vanilla mug cake recipe that’s ideal if you just need a single portion dessert or don’t have time to bake a full-sized cake.

It’s cooked in around 90 seconds and turns out delicious, moist and rich.


Healthy and Gluten-free Banana Mug Cake from One Clever Chef

Microwave cake in a mug, with spoon digging a mouthful out
Healthy and Gluten-free Banana Mug Cake © One Clever Chef

This is a delicious and healthy single-serving dessert, that can be whisked up in 2 to 3 minutes – what are you waiting for?

The recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and dairy-free with vegan, whole30, and protein options also available. Everyone can enjoy this cake!


The Ultimate Mug Cake from A Couple Cooks

Sticky chocolate mug cake with cream on top and spoon sticking out
The Ultimate Mug Cake © A Couple Cooks

This is the best fudgy chocolate mug cake I have seen for a long time.

According to Sonja and Alex from A Couple Cooks, the hardest part of following this recipe is waiting for the cake to cool before you can taste it!


Apple Crumble Mug Cake from Pickled Plum

Microwaved apple crumble in a white mug
Apple Crumble Mug Cake © Pickled Plum

Pickled Plum say that this sweet and tart microwave dessert is indistinguishable from the original oven-baked version.

The sweetness comes from soft brown sugar and maple syrup (or honey) and, of course, the tartness comes from the apples.

Combine with chewy oats and cinnamon and you have a divine luxurious pudding for one.


One Minute Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake from Chocolate Covered Katie

Sticky chocolate cake on square white plate
One Minute Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake © Chocolate Covered Katie

Can you believe that you can make this deliciously gooey fudgy chocolate mug cake in less than a minute?

As a plus, it’s also vegan-friendly so everyone can enjoy it.


One Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake from Five Heart Home

Chocolate mug cake in white mug and striped blue background
One Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake © Five Heart Home

If you use this recipe, you cannot fail to make a delicious microwave mug cake: It combines the best ingredients for mug cakes: chocolate and peanut butter.

Add the fact that it only takes a minute to cook, and this could soon become your favorite microwave cake recipe!


Pumpkin Mug Cake from Just So Tasty

Pumpkin mug cake in white cup with spoon scooping cake out.
Pumpkin Mug Cake © Just So tasty

This is a perfect Halloween microwave cake treat. It contains pumpkin puree, which makes the cake deliciously moist.

Just So Tasty have a great tip for baking microwave mug cakes:

Make sure that you choose a bigger mug than you think you’ll need, as microwave cakes rise a lot when they are cooking, and you don’t want the cake mixture to spill over inside your microwave.


Microwave Peanut Brittle from A Weekend Cook

Microwave Peanut Brittle broken into pieces
Microwave Peanut Brittle © A Weekend Cook

Peanut brittle isn’t technically a cake, but it does make a delicious, quick and easy snack or dessert, so I thought I’d include this recipe anyway!

Using simple ingredients, it takes no time at all to make this recipe – and hardly any dishes to wash afterwards, too.


3 Ingredient Chocolate Protein Mug Cake from One Clever Chef

Sticky chocolate mug cake in white ramekin and spoon scooping cake out
3 Ingredient Chocolate Protein Mug Cake © One Clever Chef

This recipe is a delicious way to increase the amount of protein in your diet.

The cake is a great way to start the day, and it can be cooked faster than your morning toast and coffee!

It could also make a tasty mid-afternoon or post-workout snack, of course.


Brownie in a Mug from Savory Simple

Chocolate brownie cooked in a mug, with cream on top and spoon lying on table
Brownie in a Mug © Savory Simple

This is fast, warm, delicious, chocolatey comfort food at its best! So simple to make and no bowls to wash up!

Perfect for when you want a quick chocolate brownie fix but don’t have the time or inclination to bake brownies!


I hope you’ve enjoyed these delicious microwave cake recipes.

I think my favorite must be the Peanut Butter Mug Cake from Chocolate Covered Katie – it’s a proper layered sponge cake in miniature, and looks so elegant!