Vegan mug cakes ensure you’ll be ready whenever the cake craving calls. If you’ve got a few cupboard staples and a microwave, you’re minutes away from diving into a hot and fluffy sweet treat. And while the technique is the same, there are endless possibilities with a microwave and mug. From a fudgy brownie to decadent red velvet cake, here are eight vegan mug cakes you can zip up in a flash.
The Conscious Plant Kitchen
With only six ingredients and two minutes to spare, you can make a deliciously vegan vanilla mug cake that rivals many store-bought options. This recipe is light, fluffy, and benefits from a dollop of vegan chocolate hazelnut spread or a swipe of store-bought vegan frosting. Might as well keep a tub on hand—you’ll make this mug cake often.
Chocolate Covered Katie
If you root for Team Chocolate, you’ve got to try this cake. Does it taste like a triple-layer fudge cake you order every year for your birthday? No, but it’s a darn good chocolaty treat on any given non-celebratory day of the week. It’s fabulous topped with vegan chocolate hazelnut spread or a thick schmear of chocolate peanut butter powder.
This not-too-sweet peanut butter treat is fantastic on its own, but adding a few vegan chocolate chips to the batter only makes it better. It really doesn’t need any garnish beyond that, but if you choose to gild the lily, a spoonful each of peanut butter and jelly on top will make you do your “I just ate something amazing” happy dance.
Jessica in the Kitchen
We know, you already have a perfect banana bread recipe, but we can almost guarantee that recipe won’t transfer well to a microwave mug cake application. Plus, sometimes you don’t have three ripe bananas on hand. When you’re down to the last brown banana and don’t want to wait 45 minutes for a full loaf to bake, this vegan banana mug cake saves the day. Enjoy with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream plopped right on top.
My Kids Lick the Bowl
Boxed brownies are fairly quick, but there’s no beating this two-minute recipe. Made with just five simple ingredients, you can have a hot, gooey brownie whenever you need a chocolate fix. Once you nail the basic recipe, have a bit of fun by adding a handful of vegan chocolate chips, nuts, or even chopped up vegan peanut butter cups into the batter. Enjoy on its own or with vegan ice cream and a cherry on top.
Funfetti isn’t just for birthdays, and it isn’t just for kids. This simplified, two-minute microwaved version makes funfetti accessible to all. Had a stressful day? Funfetti. Completed a home improvement project? Funfetti. It’s a sweet, nostalgic treat to make any day better.
Go Dairy Free
This recipe flips the script on traditional cake construction. Instead of spreading cream cheese frosting on top, this vegan blogger puts the cream cheese inside for a creamy, sweet surprise. Think of it as a decadent red velvet muffin with a melt-in-your-mouth center. Pro tip: this hack works for traditional cupcakes, too!
Plant Based RD
Make a single-serve pizookie in minutes with this quick recipe. Note: you will want to devour this as soon as it comes out of the microwave, but if you want to keep your taste buds, we advise you wait five minutes. The chocolate will still be hot and melty, but it won’t be lava-hot. Finish this pizookie-for-one with a scoop of vegan ice cream and hot fudge.
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