Pumpkin Mug Cake

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This quick easy pumpkin mug cake is so flavorful! It requires just a few minutes and a few ingredients. This soft and fluffy mini cake is great for the fall months or any time of the year!
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This pumpkin mug cake is the perfect dessert for a quick and easy treat! It is made with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. This healthy mug cake takes only 5 minutes in total! It is moist, tasty, and filled with warm and cozy flavors. Great for a little afternoon snack or a healthier dessert!

Pumpkin mug cake.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This healthy pumpkin mug cake takes just 5 minutes.
  • It is quick and easy to make.
  • If you love pumpkin, try this Healthy Pumpkin Bread and this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread.
  • It is made with simple pantry staple ingredients. You probably already have everything you need in your pantry.
  • This mug cake is moist and flavorful. The pumpkin purée gives the cake a rich, autumnal flavor that you will love.
  • It is versatile and easy to customize.
  • You can customize the cake with your favorite toppings, such as whipped cream, ice cream, or chocolate chips.
  • The Paleo baking flour makes this recipe grain-free and gluten-free. In addition, this recipe is dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
  • Check out this Protein Mug Cake for another easy microwave dessert!

Ingredients & Substitutes

Scroll down to the recipe card for the full pumpkin mug cake recipe.

For a gluten-free option, use Paleo baking flour. If you are not gluten-free, feel free to use whole wheat flour.

A little coconut sugar adds natural sweetness.

Use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling.

Melted coconut oil helps thin out the batter. If you are not dairy-free, feel free to use melted butter.

Vanilla extract adds a cozy flavor.

Baking soda helps the mug cake rise.

Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice add a warm flavor.

Lastly, add in a pinch of sea salt to balance out the flavors.

Ingredients for pumpkin mug cake.

Taste & Texture

The taste of this pumpkin mug cake is moist and flavorful, with a hint of pumpkin spice.

The texture is soft and fluffy.

How to Make

Step 1

First, in a microwave-safe mug or ramekin, add all of the ingredients.

Pumpkin, coconut oil, and syrup.

Step 2

Stir to combine.

Pumpkin cake batter in mug.

Step 3

Microwave for 60 seconds.  Carefully remove the mug from the microwave.

Microwave pumpkin cake.

Step 4

If needed, microwave in additional 10-second increments.

Step 5

Finally, serve this pumpkin mug cake!  Feel free to top with whipped cream if desired.

Expert Tips for Success

Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the perfect pumpkin mug cake.

Use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling.

Do not over-mix the cake batter.

All microwaves are different.  Yours may need more or less time than 1 minute.

If you have a strong microwave, start with only 40 seconds.  Then, add more time as needed.

Use an oven motto the remove the mug from the microwave.  It will be very hot.

Let the cake cool for a few minutes before topping it with your favorite toppings.

Whipped cream with pumpkin cake.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

This pumpkin mug cake is a great base for customization. Here are a few ideas for flavor variations and add-ins.

Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the batter.

Top the cake with a dollop of whipped cream.

Add in chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts.

For a holiday flavor, add in dried cranberries to the cake batter.

How to Serve & Store

This pumpkin mug cake is best served warm and fresh.

Add whipped cream, chocolate chips, or nuts on top!

Pair with our banana ice cream for the ultimate dessert.

This mug cake should not be made ahead of time. The texture will not stay moist for more than a few hours.

For that reason, do not try to refrigerate or freeze leftovers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

No, this mug cake is best eaten soon after microwaving.

Can I make this cake vegan? 

This mug cake is already vegan as written.

Can I make this cake in a regular oven?

Yes, you can make this cake in a regular oven. To do this, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a ramekin or oven-safe mug. Pour the batter into the prepared mug and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Are mug cakes safe to eat?

Yes, mug cakes are safe to eat.

Why are mug cakes dense?

Mug cakes can easily become dense when they are overcooked.

Soft orange cake.

Equipment Needed

Oven Safe Ramekins: These 10-ounce ramekins are both microwave-safe and oven-safe.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious and easy. I’m so glad I tried this. My 18 year old daughter is the queen of mug cakes, but she’s away at college. I can’t wait for her to make this recipe and she could easily make it in her dorm. I didn’t have whipped cream, but it would be a great addition.