I love Mug Cakes for their quick ability to satisfy my cake cravings. This Lemon Mug Cake is my favourite as it is full of bright citrus flavours and can be ready in minutes!
So, what is a mug cake? A mug cake is literally a cake that is made in a mug. They’re easy to make and it is single-serving which makes them a great alternative to nip that cake craving in the bud!
Sure you can now buy mug cake mixes, but why bother when you can make homemade mug cakes as delicious as this one in absolutely no time.
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Lemon Mug Cake
3 Tbsp All-purpose Flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 Large Egg
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Icing Sugar
Spray a 16 oz mug with non-stick cooking spray. (These 16 oz mugs are the perfect shape for this!)
In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients until well mixed.
Using a fork, beat in egg, oil, lemon zest and lemon juice until well blended.
Pour into mug and microwave on High for 90 seconds.
Cool in mug and eat directly out of mug or remove carefully to a plate. Sprinkle Icing Sugar and lemon zest over top.
Lemon Mug Cake Recipe
- 3 Tbsp All-purpose Flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 Large Egg
- 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 2 tsp lemon juise
- 1 Tbsp Icing Sugar
- Spray a 16 oz mug with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients until well mixed. Using a fork, beat in egg, oil, lemon zest and lemon juice until well blended.
- Pour into mug and microwave on High for 90 seconds.
- Cool in mug and eat directly out of mug or remove carefully to a plate.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Liz Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys cooking and baking, food photography, and reading.
Thursday 16th of February 2023
Every time I make a lemon mug cake with oil it turns out terrible, so this time I replaced it with 2 tbsp of melted butter & it turned out so so fluffy & yummy! I prefer more lemon in desserts so I'll have to try it with more next time.
Saturday 16th of July 2022
Not a fan, too much egg and it makes that basically the only flavor.
Thursday 14th of April 2022
Good recipe! I made some adjustments: I didn't add the powdered sugar because I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be a batter ingredient or a garnish. That amount doesn't impact the texture or sweetness to any significant degree. I added a dash of Orange extract and a couple grinds of sea salt. (A little salinity brightens the flavor of citrus and, in cakes, makes the AP flour a bit less "paste-y" tasting.) When I "bake" cakes in the microwave, I like to use small, flat-bottomed Corningware type container with a glass lid. I find that it keeps the cake very moist and spongey. It also cooks evenly because the batter will settle into an even layer. At the very end, I used a couple tablespoons of confectioner's sugar and a healthy squeeze of lemon juice to make a lemon drizzle and poured it over the cake at the end. I like my lemon desserts sharply lemon flavored - sweet & tangy. For those of you using bottled lemon juice and "don't have any lemon zest" -- your cakes are not going to taste very good. Fresh lemon zest is where all the intense lemon flavor lives.
Friday 18th of June 2021
Best mug cake recipe I've tried. Didn't have an actual lemon for zest, so I put in a couple drops of lemon oil instead and think I'd do another drop or two next time to really amp up the lemon flavor. Also added a tiny splash of vanilla - it's just not a sweet without vanilla in my world. I did sprinkle some icing sugar on top but I think a quick glaze with more juice would take it even higher. Will have to try with some melted butter instead of the oil, too. Yum!
Saturday 8th of May 2021
I’ve made this recipe many times now. Turns out perfect every time. Last night my family was here for dinner and unexpectedly asked for dessert. There being six of us, I quadrupled the recipe and baked it in one baking dish. Also used gluten free flour. Once again, I was delighted with the result. Quick and easy.