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3 Minute Carrot Cake in a Mug: An Easy Recipe to Make Today

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This Carrot Cake in a Mug recipe is a 3-minute microwave mug cake dessert perfect for the season. Sweet, delicious, and oh-so-easy!

2 Carrot Cake Mug Cakes Topped with Whipped Cream Cheese on a Wood Serving Board

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Unlike its time-honored favorite inspiration (the oven-baked carrot cake), our recipe is made incredibly quick and easy in the microwave. 

And so delicious, you need to make it soon!

A Carrot Cake in a Mug Recipe

Are you a fan of mug cakes? If so, we’re kindred spirits.

I love mug cakes. They’re such a treat after a long day. Even for those of us who cook all day.

Mug cakes are cozy and special and… a little indulgent. Cake, for one. Or two. With a few simple ingredients.

As the days of spring grow longer, and the grass begins to green… I’m still in the mood for cozy mug cakes.

And if they can have spring-type flavors… all the better. Like our 2 Minute Strawberry Mug Cake, this Carrot Cake Mug Cake is made for a changing season.

Plus, the ingredients are so simple you likely already have them on hand.

Have I convinced you yet?

If not, the simple cream cheese frosting just might. Oh yum!

Or if cream cheese isn’t your thing… try a simple sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar or a quick dollop of whipped cream.

However you choose to top your mug cake, it’s an incredible treat regardless of your choice. 

Ingredients for Carrot Cake Mug Cake

Ingredients for Carrot Mug Cake

Here are the simple ingredients for this oh-so-easy Carrot Cake Mug Cake recipe.

Pantry Ingredients:
Gather all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

Additional Ingredients:
You will also need 1½ tablespoons of butter, milk, and finely shredded carrot.

Top view of Carrot Mug Cake on a wooden board

How to Make this Carrot Cake Mug Cake

Add all the ingredients in a small bowl or inside the mug. Stir or whisk until the batter is smooth. Fold in the shredded carrots.

Microwave the mug cake for 1 to 1½ minutes. In my microwave, it’s best at 1 minute 15 seconds. Begin checking at 1 minute, though. The cake should look set, but be careful not to over-microwave.

Let cool before topping with whipped cream, cream cheese frosting, or powdered sugar.

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Side view of carrot mug cake in a white mug with a bite missing.
2 Carrot Cake Mug Cakes Topped with Whipped Cream Cheese on a Wood Serving Board

3 Minute Carrot Cake in a Mug Recipe

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 3 minutes

This Carrot Cake in a Mug recipe is a 3-minute microwave mug cake dessert that's perfect for the season. Sweet, delicious, and oh-so-easy!

Ingredients

  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons (28.3g) finely shredded carrot

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, or inside the mug, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, milk, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir or whisk to combine the ingredients until smooth. Fold in the shredded carrots.
  2. Microwave the mug cake for 1 to 1½ minutes. In my microwave, it's best at 1 minute 15 seconds. Begin checking at 1 minute though. The cake should look set but be careful not to over-microwave.
  3. Let cool before topping with whipped cream, cream cheese glaze or simply powdered sugar.

Notes

Topping Ideas

  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkled Confectioners' Sugar
  • Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

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29 Comments

    1. Hi Jeanne– you can definitely double the recipe! In fact, some people microwave a double portion in a small microwave save bowl (like a bowl cake). The amount of time depends on your microwave and the depth of the container, but it shouldn’t be double the time. If it’s a shallow container, I would begin checking at about 1 1/2 minutes.

    1. Hi Neysha! I don’t yet have any one diagnosed with diabetes in my family but I do know that eating and especially desserts are difficult. Eatingwell.com has a lot of diabetic recipe resources along with advice on substituting sugar for diabetic-friendly sweeteners. This link is especially helpful on how to convert dessert recipes: https://www.eatingwell.com/article/288098/desserts-and-sweets-for-diabetics/. You will be a pro at this soon!

  1. This mug cake was really good! I used a mixture of almond flour and all-purpose and halved the amount of sugar. It turned out great! 😀

    1. Hi Alice! Thank you so much for trying this with a mix of almond and all-purpose flour– AND letting me know how it worked! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Wow! I just checked my conversion chart and it says 500g is about 5 cups of grated carrots. Not having that many on hand, I can’t confirm. That would be one large mug cake :)!

      1. Just made it and just perfect with my morning coffee. I didn’t add any toppng.The 2tbs of brown sugar is perfect. And a note to Stephanie it would be 28.3 grams of shredded carrot.

        1. Hi Athena! I can’t believe I never thought about having it with morning coffee– that will be tomorrow’s breakfast. Thank you also for the update on ingredient amounts… I’ll get the shredded carrot measurements into the card this morning. Thank you for trying it and letting me know how it worked for you!

    1. Absolutely! The brown sugar gives the mug cake a richer flavor but white sugar works equally well.

    1. I love these too. I had these on my wedding registry years ago but are still enjoying them. The pattern is Mikasa, English Countryside. I’ve been able to find missing pieces from the set at Replacements.com.

    1. Hi Suzanne, I’ve only ever made this recipe without an egg and have always enjoyed it.

    1. Hi Vera, the ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. They are hard to find sometimes. You will need 3 tablespoons of brown sugar.

  2. We made the Carrot Cake in a Mug tonight. It was so good. We really enjoyed it. This won’t be the last time we make it. Thank you for the recipe.

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