Mug Cakes: The World's Second Best Invention?

What’s better than a mug cake? A coffee mug cake. What’s better than that? A coffee mug cake with ice cream on top.

A mug cake is what it sounds like-a cake that is made in a mug (a microwave-safe one!). It involves very few steps, and can be made in two minutes, however, recently I’ve learned that some people have no idea where the flour is kept in their house, so it may take a little longer if you struggle to track down the ingredients.

There are tons of mug cake recipes out there, and the possibilities seem endless; you can find anything from red velvet to Nutella-infused adaptations. Ultimately, though, I chose to get my caffeine and sugar fix in one. The result was a lovely creation, complete with a rich coffee fragrance and a spongy, fluffy texture. I made a few alterations to the recipe, which I added below. Enjoy!



  • 4 tablespoons flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 sachet of NESCAFÉ Gold (or about 2 tablespoons of any instant coffee, but don’t add too much!)

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 3 tablespoons oil

  • A bit of vanilla extract

How to:

  1. Mix together the milk and coffee at the bottom of the mug until the coffee dissolves

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir thoroughly, making sure that the flour is thoroughly integrated.

  3. Put your mug in the microwave and set it on high for about a minute. If it doesn’t appear to be fully baked when the timer ends, add another ten seconds and test again.

  4. Top with ice cream!


  • Ensure that the batter in the mug does not fill over half before putting it into the microwave; the baking powder will make it rise!

  • Don’t worry if your mug cake isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as you expected, it will still taste good, I promise.

  • More ice cream=more good.

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