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Carrot Cake Mug Cake

Carrot Cake Mug Cake – A perfect one-serving dessert that tastes just like a carrot cake! It is a delicious treat that is sure to be a new favorite that takes less than 5 minutes to make! This is the ultimate mug cake recipe!

Carrot Cake Mug Cake

It’s time for another mug cake! Currently, this is the fourth I’ve made but only the second I’ve actually posted.  Since this was more of a spring flavor, I pushed this one ahead of the other two! This was by far the best carrot cake I’ve had and it was a SO easy! I will definitely be making this again later this week as I have a really large bag of carrots and no other plans for them currently.

As for toppings I used on this carrot cake mug cake, I made a homemade whipped cream to go on top along with a bit of shredded carrots and chopped pecans.  They all worked so well with the mug cake, I highly suggest! I considered making a bit of buttercream frosting for the top but decided whipped cream would be a bit easier since I didn’t have any cream cheese or butter softened.

I’ve been a bit addicted to making mug cakes for lunch, it’s been happening at least 1-2 days a week for about a month.  They are so easy to make and a lot more exciting then a boring grilled cheese sandwich or any of my normal options, I don’t usually get super creative when it comes to lunch so these have been a welcome change!

Now if you haven’t made a mug cake before, don’t fret.  It is about the easiest dessert possible to make.  Once you make one, you will get the hype and be just as addicted as I am!

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Common questions about making a mug cake

How do I make a mug cake?

Making a mug cake is very simple, you mix together flour, baking powder, melted butter, sugar, milk, and which ever flavorings you want for that specific mug cake such as vanilla extract.

Can you make a cake in a microwave?

Yes, you can make a cake in a microwave by creating a smaller portion of it, putting it in a microwave safe cup, and then microwaving it for about 1-2 minutes.

Can you make a box cake in a microwave?

Yes, use about 1 cup of cake mix and then determine the appropriate amount of liquid from the box’s instructions.  Then place in a mug and microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Other tips and tricks on making a mug cake

  • Make sure your mug is microwave-safe! You don’t want to have any accidents with a mug breaking or anything!
  • Ramekins are the perfect size for a mug cake too.
  • Feel free to use any type of milk.  I usually go for dairy milk or vanilla almond milk.
  • Trying to cut out a bit of sugar? You can go down to about 1 tbsp of brown sugar in the base.
  • Subbing in alternative sweeteners like coconut sugar or maple syrup works well too!
  • Coconut oil works as a substitute for butter in this mug cake recipe.
Yield: 1 Serving

Carrot Cake Mug Cake

Carrot Cake Mug Cake

Carrot Cake Mug Cake - A perfect one-serving dessert that tastes just like a carrot cake! It is a delicious treat that is sure to be a new favorite!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


Mug Cake

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • Whipped cream
  • Chopped pecans
  • Shredded carrots


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients in and stir until there are no lumps.
  2. Transfer batter to a microwave-safe mug.
  3. Microwave for 1-1.5 minutes or until cooked through and the batter is no longer wet.
  4. Top with toppings and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1132Total Fat: 93gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 73gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 14gSugar: 30gProtein: 16g

This nutritional information can vary depending on the specific products you choose so this is a general guess of the correct nutritional information based on the products I used. Please keep that in mind when making the recipe.

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Thursday 30th of August 2018

This is so simple to make and it tastes amazing! This is my go to recipe every time I need cake


Sunday 2nd of September 2018

I'm so glad you love it!


Thursday 15th of February 2018

This is like my dream recipe! I absolutely love carrot cake but there's only 2 in our house so I don't make large cakes often. I so can't wait to try this!


Thursday 15th of February 2018

Yummy! This looks good! I wish I would've seen your recipe last week . I was craving carrot cake so bad. I would've made this since I HAD all of the ingredients. I need to buy more carrots now. Saving your recipe for later!


Thursday 15th of February 2018

Love the carrot mug cake idea...need to try this one out!


Thursday 15th of February 2018

I love the idea of mug cakes - so simple and easy! And carrot cake is one of my favs. This sounds delicious!

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