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

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!

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

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 needed to make 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

In a small bowl, or even inside the mug, add all the ingredients. 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 simply 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 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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2 thoughts on “3 Minute Carrot Cake in a Mug: An Easy Recipe to Make Today

  1. Marjorie

    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.

    1. I so glad you liked it. We love it too!

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