How To Make A Mug Cake
Nicola Godsell | 6 March 2016

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookie in a Mug ...

This idea may sound insane, but let me assure you, when you are craving something sweet but do not have the time, energy (or let’s face it … skills) to make a batch of cookies, this is the perfect alternative. This recipe takes minutes and gives you the same soft cookie you would get from the oven, but in a mug!

If you have not already heard of or tried this new craze, you must give it a go. Mug cakes are an incredibly simple way of making a sweet treat in just a few minutes. You will almost definitely have all the ingredients in your kitchen and even the most appalling cook would find it difficult to go wrong.

I found this idea a few years ago when I was desperate for something sweet but had nothing in the house and I was not able to go and pick up some ingredients. The first mug cake I attempted was chocolate s’more flavoured, and it was delicious. Some other recipes I found varied in consistency, so you should experiment with different quantities and length of cooking time if you want to perfect your mug cake culinary skills. Not all of us are Jamie Oliver - and the thought of having to bake a whole tray of cookies can be daunting and time consuming. Mug cakes use all the ingredients of a normal recipe but take a fraction of the time and all you need is a mug, a spoon and a microwave.



1 tbsp. salted butter

1 tbsp. white sugar

1 tbsp. brown sugar

½ tsp. vanilla essence

Pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp. self-raising flour

2 tbsp. white chocolate chips (optional)

1 tbsp. dried cranberries (optional)


1. Melt the butter in the microwave in a mug, approximately 20 seconds on high.

2. Add sugars, egg yolk and vanilla essence and mix well.

3. Add white chocolate chips and dried cranberries then mix through. Of course you may substitute these for anything you like really: peanut butter, chopped nuts or marshmallows.

4. Stir in the flour until thoroughly mixed then put in the microwave for 50-60 seconds on high.


And, as simple as that, you have yourself a treat and can even call yourself a baker!


Original image by Nicola Godsell

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