Coconut Mug Cake

Coconut Mug Cake – A delicious coconut cake in a mug in less than 5 minutes. This is the perfect single serving dessert for coconut fans!

Coconut Mug Cake

Coconut Mug Cake

I’m finally back with another mug cake! I’ve had this coconut mug cake sitting on my computer for about 5 months and every week, I’ve added it to my list of posts to do and it has continually gotten pushed back.  This recipe is seriously a must-make so I’m really excited to finally have it done!

Okay so this coconut mug cake is everything a coconut fan could ask for.  There is shredded coconut and coconut emulsion (or extract) in the base and then it’s topped with whipped cream and toasted shredded coconut.  You can make it even more coconut-y by using coconut milk and coconut oil in the base and topping it with coconut whipped cream but it’s up to you on how far you want to go with the coconut!

Something I love about mug cakes (like my peanut butter mug cake) is how they are single serving.  It’s just enough cake for me and it only takes about 5 minutes total to whip up so it’s perfect for those moments when you are having a craving for something sweet!

Cake in a Mug

Common questions about making mug cakes

How do I make a mug cake?

Making a mug cake is simple.  You combine the ingredients such as flour, baking powder, melted butter, milk, sugar, and vanilla and stir until well combined.  Pour into a mug and mircowave for 1-2 minutes or until cooked through.

Can you make a cake in a microwave?

You place cake batter in a microwave-safe mug and then place in a microwave for 1-2 minutes.

How to Make a Mug Cake

Tips and tricks on this coconut mug cake recipe

  • Adding ice cream and whipped cream on top is extra delicious and indulgent!
  • Make sure your mug is microwave-safe! This is vital, you do not want to have a mug explode or break!
  • Ramekins are the perfect size to make a mug cake in 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 sugar in the base if you want it a little less sweet.
  • Subbing in alternative sweeteners like coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup works well too!
  • Melted coconut oil works as a substitute for butter in this mug cake recipe.

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Mug Cakes

Yield: 1 serving

Coconut Mug Cake

Coconut Mug Cake

Coconut Mug Cake - A delicious coconut cake in a mug in less than 5 minutes. This is the perfect single serving dessert for coconut fans!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


Coconut Mug Cake

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut emulsion or extract

Toppings (optional)

  • Whipped cream
  • Shredded coconut, toasted


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Pour batter into mug and microwave for 1:30-2 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Top with whipped cream and toasted shredded coconut

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  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    September 15, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I am so bad at baking, so, this mug cake is just my type of dessert. It looks so delicious and comforting

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    September 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    We’ve never made a mug cake before; this looks fun and yummy!

  • Reply
    Sandra Shaffer
    September 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I love all your mug cakes! Coconut is one of my favorite flavors, so I definitely have coconut extract stocked and will give this a try right away!

  • Reply
    Debra C.
    September 16, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Mug cakes are the BEST! Perfect for a small family – we loved this recipe!

  • Reply
    Kathy McDaniel
    September 17, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I love coconut everything and this looks so creamy and delicious. Love the fact that I can make a one serving t=treat in no time! Yum!

  • Reply
    September 17, 2018 at 9:58 am

    You’ve done it again… another mug cake that I want to make! you’re starting to make it hard for me to decide each day what one I want as they are all SO SO GOOD!

  • Reply
    Jennifer A Stewart
    September 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Mug cakes are so much fun and it means that everyone gets to have their own dessert!

  • Reply
    Michaela Kenkel
    September 18, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    You have the BEST mug cake recipes!! I cannot wait to try this coconut one!

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