This 5 Minute Carrot Mug Cake is an incredibly easy, single serve recipe which you can make in the microwave with little to no effort! It is moist and delicious, and topped off with a yummy cream cheese frosting to make it truly reminiscent of a proper baked carrot cake.
This recipe is a part of my "Midnight Mug Cake" series, made specially for those of us who have late night sweet cravings and want a quick fix that takes little time and effort. In this series, I have already taught a yummy chocolate mug cake and a red velvet mug cake, both of which are amazing too!
TIPS TO MAKE THE PERFECT CARROT MUG CAKE
Before we delve into the recipe, here are my best tips for you to perfect this carrot mug cake:
- Choose the right kind of mug. It should be microwave safe, and have around 10-12oz of capacity. The cake won't take up the full mug, but can rise quite a bit in the microwave, and using a big enough mug will help ensure the batter does not spill
- Start with the wet ingredients. When you put the wet ingredients into the mug first, it is easier to mix everything together. Starting with dry ingredients sometimes results in clumps of flour in the bottom corners of the mug which are hard to mix in.
- Sift the dry ingredients. Since we are pretty much dumping everything into the mug, I recommend sifting the dry ingredients to minimize any lumps
- Adjust the sweetness to your preference. I find that 2 tablespoon of sugar leads to a mildly sweet cake, but you can add more or less based on how you like things
- "Bake" for the right amount of time. For me, this cake takes 90s in a 12oz glass mug. But with microwave cakes, it is really hard to give a precise amount of time, since different microwaves have different power settings, and the time will also depend on how large or wide your mug is. This cake can take anywhere between 60-90s (maybe even longer), and you have to judge based on how the cake looks. I start pausing and looking at my cake around the ~75s mark - if I see wet batter on it, it needs a few more seconds, but if I don't see any wet batter and the cake pushes back when lightly poked, it is ready. You can also adjust the timing based on the texture you want - cooking for longer will result in a more dry, spongey texture vs shorter will result in a more moist, dense texture.