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2 Minute Pancake in a Mug

Pancake in a mug is a great breakfast for one idea! If you’ve never had a microwave mug breakfast it’s fun for kids on busy mornings. If you loved our blueberry muffin in a mug you are going to love this one too.


Have you tried to microwave a pancake in a mug yet? It’s fun to do with kids in the morning for breakfast, they can even make it themselves! Just one fun mug recipe here on The Typical Mom. (post may contain affiliate links, originally published 2/21)

Pancake in a Cup

We have made all sorts of recipes in a mug I tell you. Why? Because it’s fun y’all. I mean when we are having a lazy weekend morning this comes in handy. The teens can make one or two in a coffee mug themselves. A quick breakfast we love. WE don’t stop there though, we’ve even made pizza in a mug of all things for lunch on those days.

Want dessert for one? NO problem, use cake mix and water, or throw together our chocolate chip cookie in a mug. You’ll be blown away at how good those are.

  • If you really love it you can mix the dry ingredients in baggies.
  • Then pull one out, dump it into a mug, add milk, butter and egg and you’re set to “cook”.

Here’s how you get started on your pancake in a mug recipe.

homemade pancake batter

Pancake Mix Mug Cake

It only takes 5 minutes to throw everything together and 2 minutes to “bake” it to perfection. Below is just the basics for a simple pancake batter. From there you can certainly add a dash of cinnamon, small pinch of a handful of chocolate chips or dash of lemon zest. Mug Pancake Ingredients are:

  1. Large microwave safe mug
  2. All purpose flour
  3. Baking powder
  4. Sugar

You can use snack Ziploc bags to mix these 3 things together and save them for later, then add:

  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Butter

I haven’t used bagged mix yet like we did with our air fryer pancakes but I imagine that would be fine too. You’d just have to cut it down to a very small amount so it didn’t overflow. When you’re ready into a large mug to cook in. Cook and enjoy with maple syrup.

pancake batter

Mug Pancake Bisquick

If you wanted to use a boxed mix to make microwave pancake in a mug, just use 1/2 cup of dry mix and adjust the necessary ingredients listed on the back. So if it tells you what to add for 1 cup of mix just cut recipe in half.

You can just use the mug to whisk together your pancake in a mug ingredients. Use a small bowl if you’d rather but less to clean is usually the way to go. I suggest a LARGE mug because a regular one is likely to overflow. Here are a few questions you might have before you get started:

Is it safe to eat mug cakes?

As long as you’re using a microwave safe dish, yes! You can make strawberry cake in a mug and all sorts of other variations. The great part about this easy breakfast recipe is you don’t need a box of ready made mix. Below is a simple homemade pancake mix recipe to use.

How do you make a mug cake with Kodiak pancake mix?

If you want to use ready made mixes like this, add 1/2 cup dry mix from box + 1/4 c. water or milk + stir together and microwave for 1 minute! OR follow our homemade pancake in a mug here.

Can you make multiple pancake in a mug servings at once?

Yes, if you have multiple microwave-safe mugs or cups, you can make multiple pancake in a mug servings simultaneously. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly and microwave each mug separately.

Can pancake in a mug be made with alternative flours?

Yes, you can try using alternative flours like whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour blends in your pancake in a mug recipe. However, keep in mind that the texture and taste may vary compared to using all-purpose flour.

mug pancake

Mug Pancake Mix

If you wanted to make a single serving kodiak pancake recipe you would just add 1/2 cup of Kodiak cakes mix with 1/2 cup of water. Whisk together with a fork and then microwave for 1.5 minutes or until it springs back when touched in the center.

Below is a homemade pancake mix of sorts, just as easy as it could ever be. I have a printable recipe at the bottom of this post but here are quick step by step directions too:

  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients, then add wet and incorporate.
  2. Pour this into a large mug that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
  3. Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes cooking time or until toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean.
  4. Eat your fluffy pancake as is or dice fruit for the top, or top with syrup.

It really is that easy!! For one person in the morning it is perfection. My teenagers love it too because it’s quick and they don’t need my help to make a “complete meal” for themselves. They even make this as a sweet snack here and there and have experimented with a bit of protein powder and/or chocolate chips too.

For a larger crowd, follow our pancakes in the oven instead. You can make a ton at a time in a casserole dish, slice and serve in no time.

mug pancake recipe

Mug Breakfast

We didn’t stop there though! Oh yes there are so many recipes in a mug you can make I tell you. I told you about the cookie above, but our brownie in a mug is seriously to die for. Adding a tbsp of peanut butter in the center takes it over the top and mouth watering y’all.

Want some protein, or looking for a keto low carb alternative, or addition to this idea? We have made an omelette in a mug too! OH Yes it is as good as it looks here too. Make them both and see which you prefer early in the morning hours. Mix them up and give yourself a variety too. Add things you love inside like diced bell peppers or sliced mushrooms are always a win.

What is your favorite mug recipe to make in your home? We’d love to try a few new ones if you have something we haven’t tried. Full instructions including nutritional information if you use the ingredients below are listed. Toppings are not included in amounts shown.

omelette in a mug

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Pancake in a Mug

Pancake in a mug is a great breakfast for one idea! If you've never had a microwave mug breakfast it's fun for kids on busy mornings.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword mug, pancakes, single serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 493kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients, then add wet and incorporate.
  • Pour this into a large mug that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes or until toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean.


Nutrition Facts
Pancake in a Mug
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 202mg67%
Sodium 205mg9%
Potassium 740mg21%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 724IU14%
Calcium 333mg33%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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