Frugal Foodie Mama: Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Mug cakes have become our go-to quick fix when there are no sweets in the house.  The obsession started when I discovered Budget Byte's recipe for a "The One" Chocolate Mug Cake.  We experimented with the add-ins for it, starting with just simple chocolate chips, and then a wine jelly, and then a dollop of peanut butter plopped right into the center before "baking".

The gears started churning the other night.  What other flavors of mug cake could I make besides chocolate?  I had made a batch of pumpkin biscotti drizzled with white chocolate for some foodie swap gifts and had leftover pumpkin puree in my fridge.    I thought why not a pumpkin mug cake??  ;)

Mug cakes are easy and quick- a dash of this, a little of that, a splash of this, a spoonful of that, and then a quick minute in the microwave... and voila!  A fresh baked, perfectly portioned, 100% customizable little cake in a coffee mug! :)

What you will need to make one Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake:
2 tbsp of flour
3 1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp of canola oil
1 tbsp of milk
1 1/2 tbsp canned pumpkin
a drop of vanilla extract
a few white chocolate chips (optional)

In a mug, mix together the flour through the baking powder.  Add the oil, milk, pumpkin, and vanilla and mix well.  Drop in a few white chocolate chips, if you feel so inclined. (You could also pop a handful of pecans or walnuts in there. ;) )  Mix to cover the chips or nuts.  Microwave for 1 minute.

And that's it!  Can it get any easier??  This cake was perfectly spiced and moist.  The great thing about mug cakes is that everyone gets there own, and they are crazy easy to customize for each person.  This would also be delicious topped with a dollop of whipped topping.  (Just like pumpkin pie!)
What will you put in your Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake? ;)


  1. Next time I open a can of pumpkin, I am trying this recipe!

    1. You don't need much to make one! Just a tablespoon and a half. ;)

  2. This looks amazing, Carrie! Well, duh, all of your recipes always do! :) But I love the single serving, sometimes I don't want to bake a whole cake or whole batch of cupcakes. Thanks for sharing, lovey! xo

    1. And this is exactly why I love mug cakes! Perfect to quell a cake craving without slaving in the kitchen or resorting to a cake mix! ;)

  3. I have to admit-mug cakes kind of eek me out. I've never tried one, but there's just something about it baking in the microwave that seems weird to me. I guess I need to try it before I judge, though!
    Thanks so much for linking up with the GFC Collective! I hope you met some new buddies, come back next week :)
    Bre @ Peacoats and Plaid

  4. Love that you add chips to this! Sounds great. I've been disappointed by all the previous mug cakes I've tried, but I will have to grab a can of pumpkin and go for it. After all, I'm pro-any-excuse-4-desserts!

  5. Ohhh yummy! Thanks for coming to party with us at Whimsy Wednesday!

    Smart! School {House}

  6. This looks simple and delicious and I aways have a can of pumpkin on hand this time of year. It would be great if you shared this recipe on my foodie friday party today.

  7. The hassle of baking is what stops me from eating cake every day. The concept of the mug cake will ruin that. Bye bye fitness, hello instant cake. This looks divine.

  8. I can smell the amazingness already! Thank you so much for linking up to Sunday's Sweet Confessions over at mommy's sweet confessions! Have a great day!

  9. Yum yum YUM! Pinned and I am about to tweet this! :) Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays, Carrie.


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