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Microwave Pumpkin Mug Cake Recipe

We have a recipe for delicious pumpkin mug cake from scratch as well as a cake mix mug cake for you here! 2 minute microwave dessert you’ll love this Fall or bake it year round.

Mug Cake Pumpkin

A mug cake with pumpkin puree is easy! You just use the cup to mix all your ingredients together, add the liquid and you’re ready to bake a cake in the microwave for one. The perfect microwave pumpkin dessert when I am craving a bit of sweets after dinner time. (affiliate links present)

Mug Cake Pumpkin

Whether I make this type of Maple Pumpkin Bread from scratch or with spice cake mix depends on the ingredients I have on hand and amount of time I have. If I am super impatient I will just go for the easy peasy version where you really only need the boxed dry mix and water. Puree gives it a stronger Fall flavor but you could just use pumpkin pie spice instead.

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If you hate the idea of only using a tbsp of pumpkin puree out of the entire can I get it. It will save if you transfer into an airtight container though for several days. Then just make a few more throughout the week for you and your kids or in another recipe that needs a cup or so.

Pumpkin Cake in a Mug

Mug Pumpkin Cake

If you want to make the batter homemade the ingredients needed are below. If I make one for each of the 4 of us, usually I’ll use the rest of the can the next morning to make Bisquick pumpkin pancakes. There is no need for a bowl to mix wet and dry ingredients separately like you’d need to do with a regular cake, just use the mug.

I will say that it is important to spray the inside with non stick PAM or something first though. I mean it will still work if not but some will stick and there is no need to waste friends…. You’ll need;

  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Now you can certainly enjoy this as is without anything on top, with just some whipped cream or make our Jello frosting like in our Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake in a mug.

Cake Mix Pumpkin Mug Cake

Cake Mix Pumpkin Mug Cake Recipe

For either of these methods you need to choose a microwave-safe mug with a capacity of at least 10 ounces to prevent overflow. Lightly grease the inside of the mug with a bit of oil or cooking spray.

With cake mix you will just; Add 3 tbsp spice cake mix + 1 tbsp pumpkin puree + 1.5 tbsp water until smooth. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and then when cooled slightly top with Cool Whip!

  • In the mug, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined.
  • Add the canned pumpkin puree, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the mug. Mix everything together until you have a smooth batter.
  • Place the mug in the microwave and cook on high for about 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on your microwave’s power, so keep an eye on the cake.
  • The cake should rise and firm up. To check if the mug cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center.
  • If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the cake is ready. If not, microwave in 15-second intervals until done.

Carefully removing the mug from the microwave (it will be hot). Allow it to cool for a minute or two before adding optional toppings like whipped cream, chopped nuts, cream cheese frosting without butter or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Mug Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake in a Mug

Now you could opt to add something else on the top like we did with our chocolate chip cookie in a mug. Adding crushed nuts or mini semi-sweet chips to the top (just a pinch) are great choices makes an extra delicious pumpkin treat. This single serving cake can be made with gluten free cake mix if necessary following the steps below.

Can you use yellow cake mix to make the quick and easy version of this? You could but the flavors won’t be as intense as if you used the spice mix version. I have yet to use a sugar free mix but imagine that it would work the same with the water and puree.

When you try this you may want to make it again and again but without as much prep. To make in bulk you can prep the dry ingredients in baggies and just have a note as to what to add that is in the fridge. Use a sharpie to mark the outside so you remember or just come back here to read. 😉

Pumpkin Mug Cake

Homemade Mug Cake Recipe

We have a bunch of other recipes in a mug you can make with all sorts of flavors here too. Most are made with the start of a dry mix but beyond that there are other breakfast ideas like muffins and even pancakes you can bake this way in just a few minutes, usually just 1 minute.

How do you know when mug cake is done?

You can use a toothpick inserted into the middle to ensure the batter is baked thru. If it is till wet when pulled out just add 15 more seconds and test again. You do NOT want to over-bake it as it will turn out a bit rubbery. Mug cakes typically only take 1 minute to 2 minutes total.

Why is my mug cake hard?

If you cook it too long it will become firm and the texture will not be pleasant. Also make sure you spoon and shake the flour into the cup to aerate it so the proper amount is added, no more. If too much flour is used it will become dense and unpleasant.

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Pumpkin Mug Cake

We have a recipe for pumpkin mug cake from scratch as well as cake mix pumpkin mug cake for you here! 2 minute microwave dessert you'll love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, cake mix, mug, pumpkin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 239kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Homemade Pumpkin Mug Cake – Choose a microwave-safe mug with a capacity of at least 10 ounces to prevent overflow. Lightly grease the inside of the mug with a bit of oil or cooking spray.
  • In the mug, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined. Add the canned pumpkin puree, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the mug. Mix everything together until you have a smooth batter.
  • Place the mug in the microwave and cook on high for about 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on your microwave's power, so keep an eye on the cake. The cake should rise and firm up. To check if the mug cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center.
  • If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the cake is ready. If not, microwave in 15-second intervals until done. Carefully remove the mug from the microwave (it will be hot). Allow the cake to cool for a minute or two before adding optional toppings like whipped cream, chopped nuts, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Cake Mix Pumpkin Mug Cake – Prepare large mug with non stick spray. Add 3 tbsp spice cake mix + 1 tbsp pumpkin puree + 1.5 tbsp water until smooth. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, allow to cool for a few minutes, then top with Cool Whip!
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Mug Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 439mg13%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 3828IU77%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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