2 Minute Gingerbread Cake in a Mug

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2 Minute Gingerbread Cake in a Mug is a moist and boldly flavored cake, generously seasoned with molasses, cinnamon, and ginger. A cold-weather, holiday, cozy favorite to whip up in two minutes or less.

When the autumn leaves begin to change into brilliant colors, and the nights grow darker and longer, the oh-so-familiar scent of gingerbread isn’t far from my mind.

It’s cozy, and richly flavored… and even bold.

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When the air turns chilly… there’s nothing like a gingerbread cake baking in the oven.

Unless… I don’t have time to bake that cake. Or… I just want a taste. An individual portion, for one… or two.

Maybe I want to curl up by a fire with a favorite book… or two. A cozy handknit throw on a cold weather night.

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In that case… I still want gingerbread.

But this time… in a mug. In 2 minutes!

Yep — two minutes.

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This gingerbread, seriously, is as good as a traditional cake baking in your oven. Fresh and warm and perfect for individual servings.

And easy enough that when I get the urge… say, in a few days… I have no compunction about making it again.

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Or, if unexpected big people, like teenagers, wander in out of the cold on that evening by the fire… it’s no problem to make another.

When making multiples, which is often, I increase the ingredients times the number of mugs. I then mix the batter in a small bowl, divide evenly, and pour into the mugs. Microwaving separately.

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It’s not cold outside today as my fingers fly over the keyboard. A slight breeze sweetens the air through an open window on this early autumn day. The sun is shining brightly. The trees are beginning to turn.

And I’m enjoying that gingerbread, as I sit and talk to you… in gorgeous weather. No rain needed.

It’s just that good!

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2 Minute Gingerbread Cake in a Mug

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 mug 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: German


2 Minute Gingerbread Cake in a Mug is a moist and boldly flavored cake, generously seasoned with molasses, cinnamon, and ginger. A cold-weather, holiday, cozy favorite to whip up in two minutes or less.



11/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoon milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
pinch of salt and black pepper


Confectioners’ Sugar
Ice Cream
Whipped Cream


In a microwave-safe mug, microwave the butter until melted, about 30 seconds. Swirl around the sides of the mug.

Add to the mug the sugar, milk, vanilla, and molasses; stir until smooth. Then stir in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and black pepper until completely combined. You will want it to resemble a simple cake batter. If it’s too thick, add a bit of milk. If it’s too runny, add a bit of four.

Microwave the cake for about 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds (90 seconds) depending on your microwave. Mine is done at 1 minute 15 seconds. Check to make sure it’s done, top with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, ice cream, or whipped cream.

Two minutes to amazing? Yes. You’ll have to try it to believe it!


Be careful not to overbake in the microwave. Start testing at about 1 minute.

Keywords: gingerbread, gingerbread cake, microwave cake

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28 thoughts on “2 Minute Gingerbread Cake in a Mug

  1. Darla

    Hi! This sounds yummy and I really want to try this but I don’t have any molasses, honey, or syrup of any kind. Any substitutions?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Darla! I’m so sorry it took me until this afternoon to answer you back. I’ve been in meetings all day. I love the Gingerbread Mug Cake, but I’ve not tested it with substitutions. Dark corn syrup is the closest substitution for molasses as far as flavor. Maple syrup works too, or, you can swap the molasses for 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. It won’t be exactly the same… but it should be really good. Hope this helps!

      1. Darla

        Thank you!! I used the brown sugar and it came out great!!!

        1. Yay! I’m so glad it worked and you like it. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Tova Mulligan

    I made it gluten free using cassava flour. And I add 1/8 tap of ground clove to give it a kick. I omitted the pepper. I love it! It tastes really good. 🙂

    1. Hi Tova! Thank you SO much for posting your alternative flour! I love the adjustments you made as I’m also a huge fan of cloves.

  3. Chrissy

    Just made this tonight. It’s delicious! Thanks for sharing. Took 1 minute & 30 seconds in my tiny microwave. Topped with some Maple Walnut ice cream. Yum!

    1. Hi Chrissy! Oh my – your Maple Walnut Ice Cream is brilliant as a topping! Now I’m hungry 😍! I’m so glad you liked it!!

  4. Wondering how long to cook in the oven?
    Really enjoyed this recipe!

  5. Kelley

    This came out Perfectly!

    1. Hi Kelley! Thanks for coming back to let me know! Love that one too!!

  6. Kari

    I am the only one that likes gingerbread, so this recipe would suit me just fine. Here is a thought, why not tripe or more the dry ingredients, making a note for one
    portion. Store it. Then when you want a quick cake, all you would need was to put the wet, butter & sugar, mix, then all the dry. Cook. Voila!!!!

    1. Hi Kari! You know what? Great minds think alike. I’ve been working on a post for just that thing. I’ve been testing the idea — and so far… it works great!!!

  7. Jane Walkinshaw

    Wow thanks so much for posting this Ginger is my hubbies fav thing of all time. The rest of the family don’t always like it though so now he can have his own little ginger party. I’ll add xtra ginger as I know that will go over so well. Many thanks for this.

  8. Anonymous

    Just made it, really good! Thinking of trying to make it with Splenda to cut some calories ? Should work?

    1. I’m so glad you liked it. I love it too! I’ve not made it with Splenda but it should work. Here is an article on swapping Splenda for sugar —


  9. Karen

    Absolutely awesome mug cake!! I just made this and ate it warm from the microwave, perfsction.??

    1. Stephanie Wilson

      Hi Karen! I’m a huge fan of that mug cake too! In fact, I think I’ll make one myself tonight! Thanks for letting us know!

      1. Karen

        I have made this mug cake several more times, I may have a problem. LOL?

        1. Stephanie Wilson

          Yay! I’m not alone :)! If you have a problem — so do I!

  10. Liv

    I didn’t want to make a whole pan of my gingerbread squares so I decided to try your recipe. I loved it! Moist and gingery!

  11. Anonymous

    This mug cake is delicious. I made one with gluten free flour blend and it turned out well too. The regular recipe was a hit with my family. I’ll definitely make it again.

    1. Stephanie Wilson

      I’m so glad you liked the mug cake. It’s a favorite at my house too. Especially this time of the year!!

  12. Jess

    I made this just now and so happy to give it 5 stars – it’s my new favourite dessert! Thank you, Stephanie!

  13. Carolyn Williams

    This looks really good. Thanks for the recipe. I remember my Mom making the best homemade gingerbread with a brownsugar/butter topping that sank into the cake. Oh wow warm from the oven with a little ice cream and you are in heaven! I haven’t been able to duplicate my Mom’s recipe so if you ever run into something like it, please publish! Have a wonderful weekend Stephanie.

    1. Stephanie Wilson

      Thank you, Carolyn! It is SO good. But your mom’s recipe sounds amazing. I’m definitely going to be looking for something similar. That’s the way my husband likes his gingerbread — with vanilla ice cream melting all over the cake :)! Have a great rest of your weekend too!

    2. Myra

      How many calories are in this mug cake?

      1. Hi Myra – The mug cake has 257 calories. I’ll make a note to add the nutrition tomorrow morning.

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