Sticky Toffee Pudding Mug Cake from the book Vegan Mug Cakes
Vegan mug cake recipes are good for people who have a sweet tooth, but live alone or are scared they will end up eating a whole family-sized cake in one go! They are also good for people (like students) who don’t have access to a big kitchen, with lots of bowls, mixing spoons and cooking equipment. Most mug cakes are made in the microwave (we’ll get onto that later) but it’s not a necessity, you can make them in a conventional oven, if you prefer. Food waste is a big issue these days, and mug cakes are a way to avoid that, as you are basically just making a single cake for one person, in a mug! Always choose a mug that is oven-safe if not making in a microwave. Keep mug cakes and batter away from pets, due to chocolate and other toxic ingredients.
Always choose a ceramic mug, as many mugs are made from bone china, which do indeed come from animal bones. Vegan baking is quite an exact science. So especially for mug cakes with the smaller surface area, use kitchen scales to measure the ingredients accurately, so the cake will turn out good. Choose a larger mug to enable the cake batter to rise, and just like pancakes, don’t worry too much about lumps, or you may over-mix. Use a rubber spatula to mix up the batter in the mug, and then cook. If you use a microwave, mug cakes only take a couple of minutes, then leave to cool.
A mug cake is made in the same as a conventional cake, in that it’s a simple mix of flour and baking powder, flavourings (from berries to cocoa powder), then baked and topped with whatever you like before serving (vegan cream, vegan ice-cream, fresh fruits or chopped nuts. Choose good quality flours for a healthier cake, and use your choice of natural egg replacer). Sweeten naturally with cane sugar or maple syrup, and keep the cake from getting too dry by adding a little applesauce. Most vegan mug cakes are bound with plant milk, and contain vanilla to enhance flavour.
Making Vegan Mug Cakes in the Oven
Many people prefer not to use microwaves, and it’s true they are a bit dodgy (never heat up pet food or baby food in a microwave, as they cook food in a weird way). But if you choose to use one (and some people have to if they have no oven), then it’s up to you.
If making a mug cake recipe in the oven, preheat the oven first, then either use an oven-safe ceramic mug or (simpler – just buy a few small ceramic ramekins). These pretty stone baking dishes are oven, freezer and dishwsher-safe and can also be used in the microwave, if wished. Fill the batter up half-way to the top, then bake for around 15 to 20 minutes, until a clean toothpick comes out. Cool for a few minutes, to allow the hot batter inside to cool a little, before eating.
Simple Vegan Mug Cake Recipes
Vegan Blueberry Mug Cake (Pick Up Limes) is a warm bakery-style blueberry muffin, in a mug cake form. Ideal with a nice cup of tea.
Vegan Banana Bread Mug Cake (Ambitious Kitchen) is made with super-simple ingredients, for a quick energy boost. Bananas are naturally sweet, and this cake is like eating a big slice of banana bread.
Vegan Pumpkin Mug Cake (Ambitious Kitchen) is the perfect single-serving dessert for chilly days. It uses pumpkin puree and is drizzled with a salted maple glaze.
Vegan Toffee Mug Cake (The Vegan 8) is free from oil and gluten, and topped with a tasty toffee frosting. This cake is made with cashew butter which with the coconut milk and sugar, makes a deliciously creamy and high-protein treat.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Mug Cake (Pick Up Limes) recreates the classic American sandwich flavour. Revisit your childhood in mug cake form!
Funfetti Vegan Mug Cake Recipes
Vegan Funfetti Birthday Mug Cake (Nourished by Caroline) is made with any light-tasting oil and baking flours, with oat milk and vanilla, topped with vegan vanilla ice-cream and optional vegan sprinkles.
Vegan Vanilla Birthday Mug Cake (Pick Up Limes) is a classic funfetti cake. Celebrate any day of the week (not just your birthday) with this fun cake, topped with vegan cream and sprinkles.
Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake Recipes
Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake (Running on Real Food) is like a fudgy brownie lava cake, with a firm cakey outside and a soft gooey interior. For real chocoholics, stuff a couple of pieces of dark chocolate inside to melt during baking. Keep chocolate away from pets.
Oil-Free Chocolate Mug Cake (Shane & Simple) is rich and fudgy. Serve with palm-oil-free peanut butter, vegan cream or ice-cream, chocolate ganache or chopped walnuts or cashews.
Grain-Free Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake (Rainbow In My Kitchen) is free from gluten, soy and oil. Top with fresh blueberries or raspberries, and optional chocolate chips.
A Book of Vegan Mug Cake Recipes
Vegan Mug Cakes is the ultimate guide to making your own mug cakes, using just a few ingredients. The book features a mug and microwave instructions, but you can easily adapt the recipes using an oven (bake for 15 minutes or so) and small ceramic ramekins or a large ceramic mug. Whip up delicious treats in minutes with no waste and little washing-up. Recipes include:
- Peanut butter & chocolate
- Sticky toffee pudding
- Blackberry & Lime Upside-Down Cake
- Coffee & Walnut
- Lemon & Raspberry
- Chocolate Orange
- Red Velvet (beetroot & chocolate)
- Chocolate mint
Inspiration from Abroad
Coconut Whisk (US) is a wonderful company that makes all kinds of healthy gluten-free cake mixes for vegans. The range includes mug cake mixes, so you’re sorted. The Confetti Mug Cake mix includes organic vanilla and vegan sprinkles, the perfect way to celebrate.
The chocolate mug cake mix is made with chickpea/brown rice flour for protein, sweetened with organic coconut sugar and golden vanilla powder. Or try the vanilla chocolate chip mix. Keep chocolate away from pets.