Coffee Cake for One (in a Mug)

Coffee Cake in a Mug

I have a relentless sweet tooth.

I also have a nasty need for baked goods any time my day goes less perfectly than planned. And, unfortunately (or fortunately?) because I can’t eat gluten, that need can’t be solved by walking in to just any random bakery.

So I can’t decide if stumbling across this recipe for a single-serve cake in a mug was a good thing, or a really really awful one. As long as you have a few simply ingredients laying around, this recipe means you can have a cup cake (literally) anytime you need it.

The best (and worst) part is that you can really make this into any kind of cake you like. Add some cocoa powder for a chocolate version, or mini chocolate chips for a… well… chocolate chip version. (See specific recipes below!)

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do. Just try not to make it an every-night habit!

Coffee Cake in a Mug

Serves 1

What You’ll Need:

For the Cake:
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 an egg, or 1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1/4 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Topping:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon rolled oats
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Optional Additions:
mini chocolate chips
chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon cardamom (to make it a chai cake!)
2-3 raspberries

What to Do:

Put 1 tablespoon butter in a microwaveable mug, and heat for 10-15 seconds to soften.

Stir in the 2 tablespoons of sugar until creamy, about 30 seconds.

Add egg and stir until completely combined.

Add yogurt and vanilla extract, and stir again.

Add flour, baking powder, and cinnamon, and stir until smooth. (If you want to add chocolate chips or nuts, add those now, too!)

Now it’s time to make the crumbly topping: In a separate small dish (like a ramekin), combine the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Use your fingers to mush all the ingredients together so you end up with a crumbly topping.

Now, stir half of the topping into the cake batter. Then, sprinkle the second half on top.

Microwave oh high for 1-2 minutes, or until the cake is set.

Let cool for 2-3 minutes, and enjoy!

One thought on “Coffee Cake for One (in a Mug)

  1. health advocation says:

    yummy, what a cute idea for creating a treat for one. i always have trouble getting rid of my sweets and end up eating more than planned, so this is perfect!

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