Pumpkin Mug Cake

This Pumpkin Mug Cake is a flavorful fall treat that’s quick and easy to whip up. I am SO excited to share this recipe with you today – it’s insanely delicious!

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Easy Pumpkin Mug Cake

Let me start this story by telling you I almost threw in the towel on this recipe about 17 times. I just COULDN’T GET IT RIGHT. Sometimes recipes that seem the easiest turn out to be the trickiest. Well, this is that.

I mean, it’s a one serving cake…cooked in a microwave…with pumpkin. Baking in the microwave certainly isn’t an ideal scenario. Certainly, the microwave can produce rubbery, chewy, unappetizing food. And I have to admit, I have never jumped on the “mug cake” bandwagon. They just never seem worth the calories.

ANNNYYYYWAYYYY.. This recipe has changed the game for me. It’s SO FREAKING GOOD. It took me about 20 tries…I kid you not…but I nailed it.

Pumpkin Mug Cake

Literally all you do is mix all the ingredients together in a little bowl…

Pour that into a mug that is coated in nonstick spray and microwave it for 60 seconds. (It could take 60-90 seconds depending on your microwave, but mine is always done in 60 seconds)

Pumpkin Mug Cake

Eating this with a little ice cream is just the right thing to do.

Or you can dust it with powdered sugar, Or both. Because more is more.

 

I teamed up with my friends over at Imperial Sugar today on this recipe!

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Pumpkin Mug Cake

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

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This Pumpkin Mug Cake is a flavorful fall treat that’s quick and easy to whip up. I am SO excited to share this recipe with you today – it’s insanely delicious!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon 100% pure pumpkin (canned)
  • 2 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Spray mug with non-stick spray
  2. Whisk water, oil, pumpkin, sugar, salt, flour, vanilla, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice together until smooth
  3. Pour the batter into the mug and microwave for 60-90 seconds or until toothpick comes out clean
  4. Top with powdered sugar or ice cream and enjoy!

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Ana-Estella Calles
March 29, 2020 11:48 pm

This was such a good recipe. I used 1 cup of golden monkfruit but If you want a sweeter bread, use the full 1-1/12 cups. I also added a tablespoon of pumpkin purée to the icing mixture and pumpkin pie spice and it was amazing!

Liz
October 18, 2019 2:08 pm

I tried this after seeing you make it on your Facebook stories. SO GOOD and a nice way to use up the leftover pumpkin and I topped my cake with chocolate chips 🙂

Tina
September 7, 2018 11:09 am

This sounds yummy and I can’t wait to try it. Funny, though, your Amazon links are misleading in the sense that you linked an enamel mug. Don’t use this in a microwave or you’ll be in the market for a new one! LOL And to the reader who asked about freezing pumpkin, yes you can.

November 16, 2017 4:48 pm

This is SO dangerous. I’m craving cake in the afternoons at the office and can easily make this!

Jill
October 30, 2017 5:55 pm

Hi Shelly,
Can you use Almond or coconut flour instead of regular flour? Or maybe a combination of the 2?

and…. do you have any gluten free/sugar free goodie recipes?

Luann
October 28, 2017 5:16 am

This is perfect!! My husband hates anything pumpkin and I LOVE everything pumpkin! I can finally bake something with pumpkin just for me!!

Do you know if can you freeze the canned pumpkin? It would take a long time to completely go through the entire can a tablespoon at a time and then I won’t be tempted to make a ton of mug cakes just to justify “using up” the pumpkin – lol.

Beth R.
October 27, 2017 2:35 pm

Okay, Shelly you have always been my hero – but on this one you are TRULY my one and only right now! I have yet to make a recipe of yours that I didn’t love, even the non-dessert ones. So imagine my sadness as I work on cutting carbs and sugar in my diet…until this recipe! I have been craving pumpkin baked goods. I make pumpkin spice tea, and its okay but doesn’t quite satisfy my craving. I saw this and although I was sure I wouldn’t be able to make it, what the heck, i’ll check it out. But… Read more »

Debbie
October 26, 2017 4:28 pm

What size cup do you use?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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