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This 5 minute mug cake recipe is well worth making. It has to be one of the quickest and easiest vanilla cake recipes ever! You simply have to mix the ingredients together and then cook it in the microwave in a microwave safe mug until done. This 5 minute chocolate mug cake is ideal for Christmas if you’re tired from all the festive baking and you just want something quick and easy that you can whip up in 5 minutes flat! It can be made a chocolate mug cake by substituting the vanilla for cocoa.

A cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream and candy canes, perfect for a cozy Christmas mug cake.

Served warm, this delicious chocolate mug cake is guaranteed to warm your heart and put a smile on your face. It’s quick and easy, and just scrumptious served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Craving more festive treats? Check out this gingerbread baked oatmeal bars for a spicy twist or this chocolate dipped peppermint meringue kiss Christmas cookies. Don’t forget to try this eggnog cheesecake for a nostalgic taste of the holidays! Or these Lofthouse cookies.

A steaming cup of hot cocoa topped with fluffy whipped cream and garnished with festive candy canes.

Why You’ll Love It

Easy:  If there’s an easier way to make chocolate mug cake, we haven’t found it yet. This recipe is so simple – you just have to stir the ingredients in a mug and microwave!
Tasty: The combination of basic cake making staples plus your choice of chocolate or vanilla (or both!) ensures a delicious result.
Tweak-able: You can take your pick from making a vanilla or chocolate mug cake, as you prefer, or even change up the flavor and try a coffee cake or something totally different!

A cup of coffee with whipped cream and candy canes, perfect for enhancing your chocolate mug cake experience.

Ingredients for 5 Minute Mug Cake

To make this chocolate mug cake, you need flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, milk, oil, vanilla extract (or cocoa powder) and sprinkles.

Quick and Easy 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe for Valentine's Day.

How to Make 5 Minute Christmas Mug Cake

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Combine the dry ingredients:  Mix the flour with the sugar, baking powder and salt in a microwave safe mug.
Add the wet ingredients: Now stir in the milk, vegetable oil and half the sprinkles, then top with the rest of the sprinkles.
Cook the vanilla or chocolate mug cake: Microwave the vanilla or chocolate mug cake for 1 1/2 minutes or in 10 second intervals until done, then serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and perhaps some more sprinkles and/or chocolate, strawberry, caramel, or fudge syrup.

A person holding a spoon in a pink bowl with whipped cream and sprinkles while enjoying an easy mug cake.

Substitutions and Variations

Use your choice of vanilla extract or chocolate, or even omit both and sub something else like some minced fresh ginger and a pinch of warm spices, or anything else you like to use when making cake. Feel free to add in some mini chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or dark chocolate shavings.

A delicious Christmas mug cake topped with whipped cream and candy canes.

How to Serve Vanilla or Chocolate Mug Cake

Served with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, this has to be the best mug cake you ever tried!

An easy and quick christmas mug cake, made in just 5 minutes, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

If you’re making these when family or friends come over, you might also like to offer some homemade cookies, such as fig cookies or chocolate covered Oreos.

A white bowl filled with a delightful combination of whipped cream and candy canes, perfect for an indulgent and festive treat during the holiday season.

How to Store Mug Cake Recipes

Store:   There isn’t much point making more of this chocolate mug cake recipe than you’re going to eat right away, since it only takes a few minutes to make more, although leftovers will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Freeze: You can freeze it but again there isn’t much point when you can whip up more mug cake recipes so fast!

A pink bowl with whipped cream and candy canes. Enjoy this easy mug cake with a festive touch of Christmas!

Mouthwatering Mug Cakes FAQs

Why do you add half the sprinkles to the batter and the rest on top?

This helps keep the ones on top separate and means they will melt on top and look pretty and colorful. You can use any kind of sprinkles you want here – regular chocolate, white chocolate, multicolored, or a mixture, and also add chocolate chips if you want to.

How long will it take in a 700W microwave?

Since microwaves come with different power ratings, the time of 1 minute and 30 seconds is a guideline only. If your mug cake isn’t quite done in those 90 seconds, give it more time in 10 second increments, until it is.

A festive Christmas mug cake topped with whipped cream and candy canes.

Vanilla or Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

5 from 45 votes

Christmas Mug Cake

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Get festive with this simple Christmas mug cake, in under 5 minutes. You can make it vanilla or chocolate, and it's perfect for the holidays.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract, or 1 Teaspoon of cocoa
  • 1 Tablespoon sprinkles, divided


  • In an 8 ounce mug, use a fork to mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until well-combined.
  • Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla (or cocoa) and half of the sprinkles. Stir until fully mixed, being sure to scrape the bottom of the mug.
  • Top with the remaining sprinkles.
  • Cook in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until the top is opaque and the cake is cooked through.
  • Serve with whipped cream and extra sprinkles.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 2mg
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You’re going to love this sumptuous easy Christmas mug cake. It’s so easy to make and will satisfy your chocolate craving perfectly. There’s nothing not to love. Rather than having to wait for an hour making a traditional cake, you can satisfy those late night chocolate cravings within minutes! Any chocolate lover will enjoy this, or you can make a vanilla flavored mug cake or any other variety you want.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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