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 who have no access to a big kitchen with lots of cooking equipment. Vegan Blueberry Mug Cake (Pick Up Limes) is a bakery-style blueberry muffin, ideal with a nice cup of tea.
Use vegan butters with no palm oil. Keep these recipes away from pets due to toxic ingredients (grapes, nuts, dried fruits, nutmeg, fresh dough, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and xylitol). Never heat up pet food or baby food in a microwave, as they cook food in a weird way).
You can also make mug cakes in the oven, if you prefer not to use a microwave (or don’t have one). Always choose a mug that is oven-safe (ceramic ones are good, avoid bone china, they do literally come from animal bones form the abattoir).
Peanut Butter & Jelly Mug Cake (Pick Up Limes) recreates the classic American sandwich flavour. Revisit your childhood in mug cake form! Choose organic peanut butter, to avoid palm oil.
Especially for mug cakes with a 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.
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.
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). Choose pretty stone baking dishes that are oven, freezer and dishwasher-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.
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.
Also read Vegan Mug Cakes, a book on how to make your own cakes using mug and microwave instructions (just adapt the recipes by baking the recipes in an oven for 15 or so minutes, using small ceramic ramekins or a large ceramic mug. 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.